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The ABA’s law school accreditation standards require law schools to be the equivalent of a luxury car when an affordable, utilitarian model could do.

“I don’t buy that at all.” That’s John O’Brien, dean of New England Law and chair of the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, responding directly to the car analogy on NPR last week. O’Brien is the latest ABA leader to deny the need for the ABA to seriously analyze how its accreditation standards affect evolution into, and creation of, more affordable law schools.

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