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Maine's high court denies
Husson law school accreditation

By Judy Harrison
Thursday, June 05, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has denied a request from Husson College in Bangor that would allow graduates of its proposed law school to take the state bar exam.

Click here to read the court's decision.

Husson had said it did not intend to seek accreditation for the school from the American Bar Association.

Only graduates of a law school accredited by the ABA or a state bar accreditation team is allowed to take the bar exam in Maine. Husson said earlier this year at a hearing before the justices on the proposal that if the court denied its request, the college would not go forward with its plans for a law school.

In a 12-page decision dated Tuesday but not posted on its Web site until late this morning, the court said that "Husson's proposal to open a law school to serve central and northern Maine represents a laudable goal."

The court, however, denied the request because Husson had not "identified an accreditation process specific to legal education."

The court left the door open for the college to reapply at a later date.