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Consistent with earlier reports, Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Fla., has confirmed that American Bar Association officials recommended last week against granting accreditation to the school. In a news release, Barry officials said they were stunned by the decision, and have hired lawyers to appeal the decision to the ABA in February. In a letter to the school, the ABA accreditation committee stated that the school had not presented a reliable plan “to attract qualified students in numbers sufficient to make it a feasible enterprise,” according to Barry. Barry law graduates can’t take the bar exam and practice law unless the school receives ABA accreditation. Several hundred students and graduates remain in limbo. “We are extremely disappointed,” said Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, president of Barry.

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