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are well qualified to serve their communities.
In the last few decades, there
has been a major growth spurt in the number of law schools.
Of the 201
fully-accredited ABA schools in the United States,
one-eighth of the total—earned full approval during this period.
these new law schools are in the fourth tier.
Most are affiliated with private
universities or are owned by for-profit corporations.
These schools have
given individuals who once were unable to go to law school—because of
lower academic credentials or geographic restrictions—the opportunity to
See Historical Data : Total Number of Law Schools and Students, 1964–2012, FACULTY
students-1964-2012.html (last visited Mar. 24, 2016).
See ABA-Approved Law Schools, A.B.A., http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_
education/resources/aba_approved_law_schools.html (last visited Mar. 26, 2016). As of
March 2016, the ABA website listed 201 fully-approved law schools and five provisionally-
approved schools. Id. This study does not include three fully-approved schools (Inter
American University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto
Rico School of Law, and the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School) or the five
provisionally-approved schools. Id.
See ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year, A.B.A., http://www.americanbar.org/
visited Mar. 26, 2016). The law schools in this group, and the years they received provisional
ABA approval, are: Widener University School of Law-Harrisburg (1988), St. Thomas
University School of Law (1988), Regent University School of Law (1989), University of
District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law (1991), Quinnipiac University School
of Law (1992), Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (1994), Seattle University School
of Law (1994), Roger Williams University School of Law (1995), Thomas Jefferson School
of Law (1996), Chapman University School of Law (1998), Flo rida Coastal School of Law
(1999), University of Nevada-Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law (2000),
Appalachian School of Law (2001), Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas Scho ol of Law
(2002), Ave Maria School of Law (2002), University of St. Thomas School of Law,
Minnesota (2003), Florida International University College of Law (2004), Florida A&M
College of Law (2004), Western State College of Law at Argosy University (2005), Atlanta’s
John Marshall Law School (2005), Liberty University School of Law (2006), Faulkner
University, Thomas Goode Jones S chool of Law (2006), Charleston School of Law (2006),
Arizona Summit (2007), El on University Schoo l of Law (2008), Drexel University Earle
Macke School of Law (2008), Charlotte School of Law (2008), and University of California,
Irvine (2011). Id.
See U.S. News Ranking, supra note 1.
Public Law Schools, A.B.A., http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/res
ources/aba_approved_law_schools/public_law_schools.html (last visited Mar. 26, 2016).
Only four schools (University of the District of Columbia, University of Nevada-Las Vegas,
Florida A&M, and University of California, Irvine ) are affiliated with public universities.
For-profit corporations own six schools (Florida Coastal, Western State, Atlanta’s John
Marshall, Charleston, Arizona Summit, and Charlotte). One school (Thomas Jefferson) is a
freestanding non-profit school. The other seventeen law schools are affiliated with non-profit