The American Bar Association and Legal Education in the United States

Issues of Democracy, Vol. 7, No. 2, August 2002, pp. 13-18

University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper

9 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2012

See all articles by John A. Sebert

John A. Sebert

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2002

Abstract

Since its inception in 1878, the American Bar Association (ABA) has been concerned with improving the quality of U.S. legal education. Following numerous studies of educational law programs available at the end of the 19th century, it was determined that a national process must be developed to ensure the quality of the education of a prospective lawyer. By 1921, the ABA had adopted a statement for minimum standards of legal education and published a list of law schools that complied with those standards. John A. Sebert, consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association, administers the ABA accreditation process, supervising a full-time staff of 13. In this overview, Sebert looks at how the ABA has shaped legal education in the U.S. over time and how law schools are accredited by the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Keywords: legal education, American Bar Association, ABA, minimum standards, accreditation process, higher education, ethical guidelines, Model Rules of Professional Conduct, clinical education, MacCrate Report

JEL Classification: I21, I29, K19, K39

Suggested Citation

Sebert, John A., The American Bar Association and Legal Education in the United States (August 1, 2002). Issues of Democracy, Vol. 7, No. 2, August 2002, pp. 13-18, University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2088999

John A. Sebert (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

Do you have negative results from your research you’d like to share?

Paper statistics

Downloads
64
Abstract Views
627
Rank
613,690
PlumX Metrics