The American Bar Association has denied Florida Coastal School of Law’s appeal after the school was found not in compliance with the ABA’s accreditation standards.
Those findings were published in October and confirmed in March by the ABA Accreditation Committee, according to our Jacksonville Daily Record partner.
Florida Coastal Dean Scott DeVito appeared before the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which denied the appeal, at its August 2 meeting.
With the denial, Florida Coastal is required to develop a written reliable plan for bringing the school into compliance with the standards; publish the letter from the ABA Council on the school’s website; and within 30 days of semester grades being complete and distributed provide students with information relating to Bar exam pass rates by quartiles and attrition rates.
Florida Coastal sued the ABA in May, alleging that the ABA denied the school due process in the accreditation standards review.
The U.S. District Court denied Florida Coastal a temporary restraining order in July, stating that such action was inappropriate while the appeal was pending.
After being notified of the denial by the ABA, DeVito said, “Our only comment is that we disagree with the decision of the Council and are reviewing our next steps with our attorneys.”