ORANGE, Calif. – The American Bar Association (ABA) has just granted California based Chapman University Law School full reaccreditation, without conditions, for another seven years. ABA law school accreditation is a comprehensive process involving site visits and committee work demonstrating that the school is in full compliance with all ABA standards.

“Although not a surprise, we are thrilled with this news,” said Dean Tom Campbell. “A complete re-accreditation without conditions means Chapman Law School has fully arrived: we’re a respected member of the legal academic community. We have outstanding faculty and students, a greatly supportive university administration, and strong encouragement from our board members, as well as from both the business and legal communities.”

The law school accreditation process involves comprehensive analysis of data on curriculum, faculty, facilities, fiscal and administrative capacity, technology resources, student profiles, bar passage rates, and student placement data. Additionally, a site evaluation team visits the law school for a three-day period where meetings are held with the dean and university administrators, as well as every member of the faculty. Further, the team visits as many classes as it can to look at the quality of instruction, and meets with individual faculty, administrators, and students.

Last year, The ABA Journal published an article that shined an academic spotlight on the scholarly work of Chapman’s top-tier law programs. The article, discussing a new University of St. Thomas report, identified Chapman as one of three newer law schools accredited within the past two decades that “have already made a scholarly impact that dramatically outpaces their present academic reputations.”

“Chapman Law School success can be attributed in part to our commitment to hands-on practical skills training, traditional theoretical instruction from highly regarded faculty and our personalized learning environment,” said Dean Campbell.

For more information on Chapman’s Law School, visit: http://www.chapman.edu/law/index.aspx

For more information ABA accreditation, visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/accreditation.html

Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University provides a uniquely personalized and interdisciplinary educational experience to highly qualified students. Our programs encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration, and focus on developing global citizen-leaders who are distinctively prepared to improve their community and their world. For more information visit www.chapman.edu.

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