Hey all, I was/am pretty interested in a distance law school. However in talking with one of the deans, I learned that the board that has previously approved CA distance law schools has not been renewed to continue working, and has sent out a sunset letter stating that as of July of 2007 (this year) they will no longer be functioning.
This has widespread, and unsure effects.
Please see the following excerpts from the letters the dean sent me:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education
1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite S-202, Sacramento, CA 95834
P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
February 15, 2007
Dear School Owner:
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with some general information about the status of the Bureau for Private
Postsecondary and Vocational Education (Bureau) within the California Department of Consumer Affairs (Department).
As many of you know, the Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act (Act) will become inoperative on
July 1, 2007 unless another piece of legislation is passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor
Schwarzenegger. While this impending sunset does provide challenges for the Bureau, it is also a strong incentive for all
parties -- the Administration, the Legislature, consumer advocates and schools, such as yours, to work together to create a
new and more effective Act to guide the administration of this important program.
In the attached veto message of Assembly Bill 2810, the Governor called for comprehensive reform and committed to
working with the Legislature. We expect that legislation will be introduced shortly. While we cannot predict what will
ultimately happen with the Act or the Bureau, we can provide you with as much information as we know to date. We will
make every effort to keep you updated and encourage you to go to the Bureauís website at www.bppve.ca.gov
Naturally, the Department is very concerned about what could potentially happen should the Act become inoperative July
1, 2007 and no statutory framework is in place. We contacted the United States Department of Education (USDOE) to
confirm that Title IV financial aid will not be adversely impacted should the Act become inoperative. USDOEís letter is
attached for your review.
Current law (Education Code section 94999) provides for a sunset date of July 1, 2007 and a repeal date of January 1,
2008. This means that, as of July 1, 2007, institutions will no longer need to seek or maintain approval or registration
from the Bureau to operate a private postsecondary educational institution legally in California. However, the current
Act remains in full force and effect until July 1. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Act is grounds for discipline
under existing law and may affect licensure under future law as well. We also recommend that you review your
educational programs with other related state or federal agencies to ensure that the cessation of the Bureauís functions will
not otherwise impact the educational programs you offer. It is my understanding that concerns regarding the ability of
candidates attending Bureau-approved institutions to qualify to sit for various DCA board licensing examinations will be
addressed legislatively this year.
The Department has been working on a plan to assist those employed by the Bureau and will be redirecting interested staff
to other positions within the Department over the next few months. The Bureauís management staff, working with the
Department, is developing a workload plan to maintain the critical aspects of the Bureauís operations.
We hope the information provided will help clarify what the status of the Bureau and Act is, what you can expect in the next
few months, and how the pending sunset date will impact your school and students. Should you have any questions, please
feel free to email the Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org
. In closing, it is our sincerest hope that we can achieve meaningful reform
for the private postsecondary and vocational education program, its students and the schools that provide education in this