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CPIL’s Executive Director Robert Fellmeth Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal on Keeping Unaccredited Law Schools Open

CPIL’s Executive Director Robert Fellmeth Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal on Keeping Unaccredited Law Schools Open

SAN DIEGO (June 27, 2019) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law's Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) Executive Director Robert C. Fellmeth was quoted in an article in Los Angeles Daily Journal on the Bar’s claim that legislative barriers are keeping unaccredited law schools open.

According to the article, the State Bar has been unsuccessful in advancing a plan to force 19 unaccredited laws schools to either secure accreditation or shut down, citing legislative resistance. In 2017, the Bar backed a plan that would have given unaccredited schools three years to secure provisional accreditation and two additional years to reach full accreditation. The plan also called for the unaccredited institutions who did not secure accreditation to gradually shut down within five years. The article states that law makers in Sacramento scrutinize the Bar’s handling of legal education matters. Assemblymember Stone stating, “law school accreditation offers important consumer protections and oversight for law students.”

According to Robert C. Fellmeth, executive director of CPIL, “making accreditation mandatory for unaccredited schools would be ‘a small step in the right direction.’” Fellmeth, also believes the bar needs to significantly tighten its standards for state-accredited schools. “It doesn’t do any good to accredit, if your accreditation is a fraud,” he said.

To read the full article by Lyle Moran in Los Angeles Daily Journal click here. [Subscription required]

About Center for Public Interest Law

Founded in 1980, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) serves as an academic center of research and advocacy in regulatory and public interest law. CPIL focuses its efforts on the study of an extremely powerful, yet often overlooked, level of government: state regulatory agencies. Under the supervision of experienced public interest attorneys and advocates, CPIL law student interns study California agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades.

CPIL publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter, a unique legal journal that covers the activities and decisions of over 12 major California regulatory agencies.

In addition to its academic program, CPIL has an advocacy component. Center faculty, professional staff, and interns represent the interests of the unorganized and underrepresented in California’s legislature, courts, and regulatory agencies. CPIL attempts to make the regulatory functions of California government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state regulatory activity. The Center has been particularly active in reforming the state’s professional discipline systems for attorneys and physicians, and in advocating public interest reforms to the state’s open meetings and public records statutes.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

Robert C. Fellmeth, Executive Director of the Center for Public Interest LawRobert C. Fellmeth, Executive Director of the Center for Public Interest Law

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