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Friday, July 31, 2009

FAMU law school gains accreditation

Orlando Business Journal

Florida A&M University College of Law announced July 31 the Orlando-based school gained full accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Gov. Charlie Crist said the achievement was the result of a “college-wide dedication to enhancing student services and programs and increasing education and career opportunities.”

The seven-year-old law school received provisional accreditation in 2004, which allowed the school to graduate accredited law students while the bar monitored its progress. This year was the fifth, and final, year FAMU could seek full accreditation.

To receive accreditation, at least 75 percent of a law school’s students who graduated in a five-year period had to pass the bar exam. Florida Board of Bar Examiners data released in April showed 353 out of 458 FAMU law students, or 77 percent, passed the exam during the past three years.

Law school Dean LeRoy Pernell told the Orlando Business Journal in April that FAMU was working to improve those results by offering preparation courses, workshops and face-to-face meetings between the students and bar members so students can seek professional advice.