Cooley Takes ABA Back To Court
The ABA Council declined to make a decision on the merit of the satellite campus applications during its review earlier this month, said Cooley President and Dean Don LeDuc, so Cooley is returning to court to challenge the
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan has retained jurisdiction over the case since Cooley filed suit March 30 seeking an injunction to prevent the
Cooley launched two-year satellite programs at
Under an agreement reached in federal court in April, Cooley made a few concessions and the
The Accreditation Committee considered the applications on June 25 and 26 and raised the issue of the bar results of recent graduates, LeDuc said. The ABA Council, which has the final say, considered the applications on Aug. 5 and 6.
Though the council declined to act on the applications, it did acknowledge that it had reviewed the applications.
"But instead of making a decision — yes or no — they simply said they declined to act, and the only reason they gave was because of the bar results from Lansing, which we think has absolutely nothing to do with the satellites," LeDuc added.
"When they come and do an inspection, they do look at bar results of graduates as one minor factor. Their instructions are to look at a three-year period. In this case, they didn't."
"Our argument is that they (bar results) have no relevance to this decision. The
LeDuc said once the
"Early November is sort of our decision time for January. We could do it later than that, but it would be very difficult because of new registration."
As part of the agreement reached in April, Cooley agreed to voluntarily limit the number of credits students can take in the satellite programs to 15 and further agreed not to start any other satellites without prior acquiescence from the
He said that students in both the
"They know we've been under the gun and waiting for a decision. I've not heard any rumblings. If there are students sitting there fretting about this, they haven't made it known to me."
Nancy Slonim, director of national media services for the
"All I am able to tell you is that Cooley is a fully approved law school," Slonim said. "Accreditation matters are confidential under