About a year ago, the ABA began a substantial review of its Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools. The Standards Committee overseeing this process has asked for comments on the current standards, as well as suggestions for changes.
So far, quite a few interested parties and organizations have offered their thoughts, and that notable list now includes one penguin. Last week, the RIPS Executive Board submitted a statement to the Committee on behalf of the SIS. In keeping with our dual focal points of proper research and effective service, our comments addressed both the lack of suitable attention given to research in most law school programs, and the necessity of adequate staffing for libraries and compensation for librarians. The full text of the statement can be found at http://www.abanet.org/legaled/committees/comstandards.html, as can further details on the process and other submitted feedback.
There’s still a long way to go in the review process. Till it’s over, we’ll keep our ears open, our voices loud, and our flippers crossed for good things.