Florida A&M officials await law school accreditation decision
Florida A&M officials will know soon whether their running efforts to improve FAMU's Orlando law school are enough to satisfy national accreditors. The American Bar Association committee charged with reviewing FAMU's request for full accreditation will meet in Chicago tomorrow and Saturday, spokeswoman Nancy Slonim said.
University spokewsoman Sharon Saunders said FAMU is expecting a ruling - and planning a press conference Friday at the 7-year-old law school.
FAMU has been on provisional accreditation since 2004, and the ABA gives schools five years to secure full acreditation. The law school has faced problems including administrative turnover and low bar passage rates ever since opening with $40 million in taxpayer dollars, but new Dean LeRoy Pernell has been making changes aimed at boosting morale, academic performace and bar passage.
One option, if the ABA feels FAMU law isn't quite ready for full accreditation, would be to simply extend the provisional accreditation.