Accreditation Process

Concordia University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The law school has been granted authority from the Idaho State Board of Education to award the Juris Doctor degree and is engaged in the process required to secure accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA).

The ABA accreditation process takes between five and six years to complete. The process begins when a law school applies for provisional accreditation during the second year of operation. A student at a provisionally approved law school who graduates while the school is provisionally approved are entitled to the same recognition given to students and graduates of fully approved law schools.

The dean is fully informed as to the Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools by the American Bar Association. The administration and the dean are determined to devote all necessary resources and take all necessary steps to present a program of legal education that will qualify for approval by the American Bar Association. The law school makes no representation to any applicant that it will be approved by the American Bar Association prior to the graduation of any matriculating student. ABA Standard 102. Interpretation 102-7.

ABA Accreditation

Over 200 law schools in the nation have undergone or are currently engaged in the same accreditation process. The American Bar Association (ABA) ensures that law schools meet a set series of requirements. The process is thorough but systematic, and with a strong academic vision and first year class, Concordia aspires to receive accreditation without delay or concern.

Provisional Approval

After a law school has been in operation for one year, it can apply for provisional approval. The law school develops an extensive self-study, which describes the school in detail, contains a critical evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses, establishes goals for its progress, and identifies the means of achieving those goals. The school also completes a site evaluation questionnaire that preps the site evaluation team on the basic facts behind the program and its operation. A law school applying for provisional approval must establish that it is in substantial compliance with the standards and presents a reliable plan for bringing the school into full compliance with standards within three years of receiving provisional approval.

Full ABA Accreditation

Once a school has obtained provisional approval, it remains in this status for at least three years. In order to be granted full approval, a school must demonstrate that it is in full compliance with each of the ABA's standards. During provisional status, the progress of the new law school is closely monitored. The full site evaluation team conducts a visit two, four, and five years after provisional approval, with limited site evaluations held during years one and three. In the year in which a school is considered for full approval, the ABA council reviews the findings and conclusions of the ABA accreditation committee, and then makes its recommendation. Read more about the full ABA-accreditation process.