Montgomery, Ala.—Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law has been granted full approval by the American Bar Association (ABA) as an accredited institution of legal education, according to Dean Charles Nelson.
The decision was handed down from the ABA Dec. 6.
The ABA approval makes Jones School of Law only the third accredited law school in Alabama. “This is a significant milestone for the school and one which marks us as an outstanding law school. It not only allows our graduates to take the bar exam in every state, but it also means that we will draw students to the school from every state and from foreign jurisdictions,” says Nelson.
Governor Bob Riley commended the University on its accomplishment: "I congratulate Jones School of Law on receiving ABA accreditation. It is essential that we have an institution here in the Capital City providing quality legal education and producing outstanding lawyers. This accreditation is another example of how Jones continues to do just that."
Sue Bell Cobb, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, also praised the University for achieving ABA approval: "I commend Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law on receiving full approval by the American Bar Association. It is an outstanding accomplishment to have a nationally accredited law school in our capital city. The recognition that this achievement will bring to our state at a national level is certain to reap benefits to our citizens."
I personally recognize the influence that Jones’ alumni, administrative staff and faculty members have had on our legal community, and I am grateful to them for their continued support.
Andy Matthews, assistant dean for student services, concurs with Cobb concerning the impact of the ABA approval. “The Law School’s ABA approval will have positive, far-reaching economic and educational implications for the River Region and state of Alabama,” Matthews says.
Matthews explains that providing a nationally recognized legal education program in Montgomery will add to the academic reputation of the area attracting highly qualified faculty and students.
These faculty and students will contribute as a resource not only to the legal community, but also to the local community, enhancing the economic growth of Montgomery, he says.
Currently, the Law School’s class of first -year students is comprised of 150 students who hail from 22 states. Fifty percent of the class are out-of-state students.