Is an ABA-accredited school allowed to accept any transfer credits from an unaccredited school?
Quote from: Yuki Sprite on June 25, 2012, 12:44:34 PM Is an ABA-accredited school allowed to accept any transfer credits from an unaccredited school?Yes. Contrary to what some other posters have said, ABA schools CAN accept non-ABA credits. They can even accept credits from non-law schools. (For instance, Joint JD/MBA programs accept credits from business schools.)Very, very, very few schools do, though. To the best of my knowledge, there are only 2 or 3 and they're all in California. Not to be demeaning, but generally speaking, look for the worst ABA accredited schools in California to begin your search. Outside of those very few schools, no other ABA accredited schools accept non-ABA law school credits, to the best of my knowledge.
In addition, since you're already a member of the bar, it's possible that you're more or less prohibited from attending law school again. You'd have such a huge advantage over your non-lawyer classmates that schools might be very skeptical about admitting you. I imagine that neither the ABA nor the individual law schools themselves want to encourage people to obtain bar admission first, then seek admission to law school. You may even want to check with the CA bar, they may have some restrictions on acquiring a second J.D.
From the research I have done, which has only been in Southern California, none of the ABA schools accept transfer credits from unaccredited schools. The lower-tiered schools like Western State, La Verne, and Thomas Jefferson will accept transfer from state accredited schools, but not unacredited. So if any school does, it's probably outside the LA area. I'll keep searching, but if you know one or two off the bat let me know because I am curious about that.
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