Establishing a New Program or Certificate Leading to a Degree Other Than a J.D.
This Questionnaire is for an ABA-approved law school that seeks acquiescence to establish a new program or certificate leading to a degree other than the J.D. under ABA Standard 105(a) 15 and 105(b). Examples include the J.S.D., LL.M., M.J. and free standing certificate programs.
The deadlines for filing this Questionnaire are:
September 14-16, 2017
July 17, 2017
December 7-9, 2017
October 9, 2017
March 15-17, 2018
January 15, 2018
June 28-30, 2018
April 30, 2018
All hard copies and documentation should be mailed to:
American Bar Association
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Standard 105. ACQUIESCENCE FOR MAJOR CHANGE IN PROGRAM OR STRUCTURE
(a) Before a law school makes a major change in its program of legal education or organizational structure, it shall obtain the acquiescence of the Council for the change. A major change in program or structure that requires application for acquiescence includes: (15) Establishing a new or different program leading to a degree other than the J.D. degree;
(b) The Council shall grant acquiescence only if the law school demonstrates that the change will not detract from the law school’s ability to remain in compliance with the Standards. Standard 313. DEGREE PROGRAMS IN ADDITION TO J.D.
A law school may not offer a degree program other than its J.D. degree program unless:
(a) the law school is fully approved; (b) the Council has granted acquiescence in the program; and (c) the degree program will not interfere with the ability of the law school to operate in compliance with the Standards and to carry out its program of legal education. Standard 506. ENROLLMENT OF NON-DEGREE CANDIDATES
Without requiring compliance with its admission standards and procedures, a law school may enroll individuals in a limited number of courses, as auditors, non-degree candidates, or candidates for a degree other than a law degree, only if such enrollment does not interfere with the ability of the law school to operate in compliance with the Standards and to carry out its program of legal education. Rule 29(b) (4). An Application for Acquiescence in Major Change shall consist of a description of the proposed change and a detailed analysis of the effect of the proposed change on the law school’s compliance with the Standards. An application for acquiescence must include the following:
A copy of this questionnaire;
A letter from the dean certifying that the law school has completed all of the requirements for requesting acquiescence in a major change and that the law school has obtained the concurrence of the president in the application;
Payment to the Section of the application fee.
The schedule of fees can be found at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/accreditation/schedule-of-law-school-fees.html; and
A description of the proposed change and a detailed analysis of the effect of the proposed change on the law school’s compliance with the Standards.
Name of Proposed Program:
Proposed Program URL, if any:
Director or Contact Person:
Director/Contact Person’s Phone:
Director/Contact Person’s E-mail:
A. ENROLLMENT 1. What is theproposed startingterm ordate fortheprogram? 2. What is the anticipated initial enrollment of the proposed non-J.D. program?
3. What is the maximum enrollment for the program? ________
4. What is the anticipated enrollment of the J.D. program in the first term of the proposed non- J.D. program?
5. Is the program:
6. If on-line, how many participate in J.D. classes? ____________
7. Will students in thenon-J.D. program be allowed to take courses offered in theJ.D. program?
8. If the answer to 7 is yes, list the courses, the number of non-J.D. program students anticipated to be enrolled, and maximum enrollment in each for the initial year of the non-J.D. program. Indicate whether any of these courses are new courses. Attach a separate sheet if necessary.
9. What policies or rules will allocate space in these courses between J.D. and non-J.D.
students? Explain and provide the number of possible J.D. students who will be excluded and the courses from which they will be excluded.
10. Will courses be offered that are limited to students in the non-J.D. program?
List courses and the number of non-J.D. program students anticipated to be enrolled in each for the initial year of the non-J.D. program. Are any of these new courses?
Attach a separate sheet if necessary.
# Non J.D. Students
B. ADMISSIONS Where relevant, describe the process used to determine the English proficiency for applicants to the non-J.D. program.
C. FACULTY 1. Attach copies of the Faculty Resource Summary and Administrator Resource Summary from Part 5 – Profiles of the most recent Annual Questionnaire.
2. Describe any additional resources that will be added during the initial year of the non-J.D. program:
3. Of the above faculty members, will any of them teach courses open solely to students in the non-J.D. program during any part of the academic year (initial year of the non-J.D. program)? ________. If so, list each faculty member, the name of the course(s) taught and its related credit hours.
4. Thedirectorofthenon-J.D. program will be:
5. Is thedirectora full-time facultymember?
6. Attach the curriculum vitae of the director of the proposed non-J.D. program.
D. STAFF How does the law school plan to staff this program? Will additional personnel be used in career counseling, admissions, etc., or will current personnel be sufficient? Explain.
E. BUDGET 1. Provide the expenditures in the following categories for the non-J.D.
3. What aretheproposed tuition and fees forstudents in theproposed program?
F. CURRICULUM 1. Attach the proposed curriculum for academic year 1 and academic year 2 of the proposed non-J.D. program.
2. State the nature and extent of faculty involvement in the development of the non-J.D. program and provide copies of faculty actions e.g. minutes approving the academic content of the program.
3. Please provide any proposals submitted to a university or law school faculty committee describing the program.
G.LIBRARY RESOURCES Describe the anticipated additional library resources needed to support the proposed non- J.D. program for academic year 1 and academic year 2. Address both collection development and personnel needs. Attach a separate sheet if necessary.
H.PHYSICALPLANT Describe any changes to space requirements needed for the non-J.D. program, including student study areas, offices for full-time faculty, part-time faculty, support staff, space for additional library materials, classrooms, and student lounges, etc. Describe if the space is newly added or reallocated. If the space was reallocated, describe the previous usage of the space.