The ABA sent a letter to North Carolina Central University’s School of Law earlier this month stating the school “is not in compliance with Standards.” The accreditation agency is concerned with the admissions standards and the 54% bar passage rate this past July. This past year, NCCU had a median LSAT of 145 and 25 and 75 percentiles of 142 and 149.
The school’s dean replied with a written statement that included the following, “In light of the communication from the ABA, we are implementing more data analytics and examining our admissions process. With new standards and new interpretations, new strategies and approaches are necessary. We are committed to doing everything that is required to achieve student success.”
Don’t be surprised if the school drastically shrinks the size of its next incoming classes to achieve a median LSAT of at least 150. If they are unable to attract enough students with these test scores to remain financially viable, don’t be surprised if they look to measures that could impact their going concern status.
NCCU has announced they will reduce the number of 1Ls admitted next year as part of its response to the ABA’s letter and its attempt to regain the accreditation body’s good graces. We’re anxious to see just how much it has to cut the incoming class size and if its 25 percentile LSAT doesn’t at least come very close to the 150 “critical benchmark.”