The American Bar Association and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School are due in federal court next week for a settlement conference, signaling a possible end to a contentious lawsuit brought by the school over the ABA’s accreditation practices.

The parties are headed to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on June 19 for a settlement conference before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Grand, and must submit a history of their settlement negotiations to the court by Friday. Cooley sued last November after the school was found to be out of compliance with the ABA’s admissions standard, alleging that rule is unlawfully vague and that the ABA’s accreditation decision-making is cloaked in secrecy.

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