ABA Approves Thomas Jefferson Law School’s teach-out plan, giving TJLS ABA accreditation for 3 more years

A teach-out plan for Thomas Jefferson School of Law, allowing limited accreditation until the end of the spring 2023 term, has been approved by the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

After placing the San Diego law school on probation in November 2017, the council withdrew its ABA approval in last summer. An administrative panel affirmed that decision in November 2019.

Under the teach-out agreement, Thomas Jefferson’s ABA accreditation will cover current law students and transient students. If the law school loses its state license or fails to uphold obligations listed in the teach-out plan, the council retains its authority to remove ABA accreditation before the spring 2023 term ends.

The plan allows current students to complete their education at Thomas Jefferson’s campus in downtown San Diego.

The law school’s ultimate bar passage rate, which comprises 2016 graduates, is 63.83%. Its first-time pass rate for 2018 was 26.43%.

Amid its ABA accreditation problems, the school sought and received California accreditation in 2018, and it intends to operate as a state-accredited school after its ABA accreditation ends.

According to a statement the law school released in November, it would no longer admit students into its ABA-approved program. And starting in summer 2020, students would be enrolled into its state-accredited program.

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