American Bar Association says Texas Southern’s law school not meeting admission standards

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The American Bar Association says that the law school at Texas Southern University is not meeting its admissions standards, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The ABA said in a report that Thurgood Marshall School of Law at TSU is not in compliance with its requirement that a law school “only admit applicants who appear capable of satisfactorily completing its program of legal education and being admitted to the bar,” the newspaper reported.

The national law school-accrediting agency met with TSU officials for three days in February after the university’s governing board announced in November that an investigation into admissions improprieties had begun.

Joan Bullock, dean of the law school, fired Edward Rene, the assistant dean of law school admissions, in September due to concerns about the qualifications of students he had admitted, a Chronicle investigation revealed. She informed the ABA about admissions irregularities in a Nov. 25 letter.

“I had no trust or confidence in his ability to lead and manage the office because of his failure to follow all the rules and procedures required for transparency and for fair consideration of all applicants in compliance with ABA [standards],” she wrote to Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education. 

Law school officials must submit a report to the ABA by April 1 and appear before its legal education and admissions council in May, at which point the ABA will determine possible sanctions that can include removal of the school’s accreditation, the newspaper reported.

The Chronicle noted that the law school’s pass rate was the lowest among Texas’s 10 law schools for the past two years.

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