American Bar Association Standard 509 / Consumer Information
We are pleased to provide the following information in compliance with the American Bar Association Standard 509. The ABA has identified this information as being of particular significance to those interested in a legal education.
2013 ABA Guide - Data pages from the 2011 ABA Annual Questionnaire
2012 ABA Guide - Data pages from the 2010 ABA Annual Questionnaire
- All consumer information that a law school reports, publicizes or distributes shall be complete, accurate and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant. Schools shall use due diligence in obtaining and verifying consumer information. Violations of these obligations may result in sanctions under Rule 16 of the Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.
- A law school shall publicly disclose on its website consumer information in the following categories:
- admissions data;
- tuition, fees, living costs, financial aid, conditional scholarships and refunds;
- enrollment data and attrition/graduation rates;
- number of full-time and part-time faculty and administrators;
- curricular offerings, academic calendar, and academic requirements;
- library resources;
- facilities; and
- employment outcomes and bar passage data.
- A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in a readable and comprehensive manner, its policies regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution of higher education. The law school’s transfer of credit policies must include, at a minimum:
- A statement of the criteria established by the law school regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution; and
- A list of institutions, if any, with which the law school has established an articulation agreement.
- A law school shall publicly disclose the employment outcomes of its J.D. graduates on its website.
- The employment outcomes shall be posted on the school’s website each year by March 31 or such other date as the Council may establish.
- The employment outcomes posted must be accurate as of February 15th for persons who graduated with a JD degree between September 1 two calendar years prior and August 31 one calendar year prior.
- The employment outcomes posted shall remain on the school’s website for at least three years, so that at any time at least three graduating classes’ data are posted.
- The employment outcomes shall be gathered and disclosed in accordance with the form, instructions and definitions approved by the Council.
- A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in the form designated by the Council, its conditional scholarship retention data. A law school shall also distribute this data to all applicants being offered conditional scholarships at the time the scholarship offer is extended.
- If a law school elects to make a public disclosure of its status as a law school approved by the Council, it shall do so accurately and shall include the name and contact information of the Council.
A law school that lists in its course offerings a significant number of courses that have not been offered during the past two academic years and that are not being offered in the current academic year is not in compliance with this Standard.
Subject to the requirements of subsection (a) above, a law school may publicize or distribute additional information regarding the employment outcomes of its graduates.
Any information, beyond that required by the Council, regarding graduates’ salaries that a law school reports, publicizes or distributes must clearly identify the number of salaries and the percentage of graduates included in that information.
A conditional scholarship is any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing.