FAMU Law School Gets Full Accreditation
Florida A&M University (FAMU) cleared a major hurdle when the American Bar Association (ABA) granted the universityâ€™s law school full accreditation in July.
â€śI applaud Dean LeRoy Pernell, his administration, faculty, and students for reaching this milestone,â€ť said FAMU President James H. Ammons.
The school opened its door in 2000 to 89 students, but it faced a number of challenges including faculty dissent and lack of leadership stability. The ABA granted the college provisional accreditation in 2004 as the school went through a number of faculty changes including the arrival of Pernell in 2008.
The new dean implemented a number of sweeping changes, including the addition of 16 nationally recognized faculty members and a Center for International Law and Justice. Subsequently, the law school was recognized as the most diverse law school in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report in April.The FAMU College of Law is one of 189 law schools fully approved by the ABA. The accreditation takes effect immediately.
â€śFull accreditation by the ABA ensures that the 500-plus FAMU College of Law graduates can continue to sit for the bar exam in any state in the nation and it reaffirms what we have always known: that we have and will continue to provide our students with a great legal education,â€ť Pernell said.
— Renita Burns