US Bar Association updates regulations for distance, experiential learning

August 20, 2014

The American Bar Association (ABA) has approved a series of reforms that will affect legal education in the US. Many of the reforms are designed to facilitate distance education at law schools. Among other reforms, the ABA approved an increase in the number of credit hours a student may take by distance learning. Previously, the limit was 12 credit hours; now it will be 15. The ABA also added a requirement that students complete 6 credit hours in a legal clinic or “experiential” environment. Other reforms will affect the accreditation process. New criteria will focus on outcomes, such as students’ scores on the bar exam, rather than the qualifications of incoming students. The Chronicle of Higher Education