TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 22, 2020

The council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar would have more authority to enact short-term, emergency policies and procedures for schools under a proposed rule change endorsed by the group today. The move comes after law school deans expressed concerns that teaching online for the fall term might run afoul of Standard 306, which allows for only up to one-third of credits to be taught online unless a variance is given. The proposal would allow the council to adopt emergency policies and procedures in response to “extraordinary circumstances” to waive those limitations for all law schools. The rules change will need to be approved by the ABA House of Delegates at its Annual Meeting in August before taking effect. The council also considered several other proposals related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ABA Journal has the details.