Looking for school information

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by LearningAddict, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    There are some new applicants for DETC accreditation, and I'm looking for some info on them:

    Southwestern Law School: I see that they're ABA accredited already. Any ideas on how they're looking to benefit from DETC accreditation?

    Orlando University: I never heard of this place before. Is there a link somewhere for this school? I searched through a few different search engines and couldn't find anything.
  2. Southwestern Law School: I believe they now offer LLM's. ABA doesn't normally accredit LLM programs so there would be a "gap" in accreditation.
  3. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Southwestern is a "standalone" law school; it is not connected to any larger university. Like many standalone law schools, it doesn't have regional accreditation. In such cases, the US Dept. of Education accepts ABA approval as a form of "national accreditation" instead.

    But ABA normally evaluates and approves JD programs only. So if a standalone, non-RA law school wants to offer other types of law-related degrees, like an LL.M. or an M.L.S., the accreditation status of those degrees is unclear.

    Southwestern does offer LL.M. degrees, including online LL.M. degrees. If they get DETC accreditation, then their online LL.M. degrees should have solid USDOE-recognized accreditation, and will therefore qualify for Federal financial assistance.
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  4. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    The ABA approves of JD programs and assents to LLM programs. What the ABA's assent to an LLM program means is that, in the ABA's opinion, the LLM program is not going to take away too many resources from the school's JD program.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 25, 2012
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    That should tell you all you need to know.
  6. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Well, not entirely because I want to find a website at least. I imagine they'd have a website.
  7. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Called the DETC and got this for Orlando University: homepage
  8. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Well, at least they're forthright and honest about their lack of accreditation.
  9. JBjunior

    JBjunior Active Member

    Evidently the president of Orlando University is Jim Jian Zhao, MD, Phd, MBA that now or previously worked at Laboratory of Diagnostic Molecular Pathology, Department of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories, Orlando Regional Healthcare System, Orlando, FL.


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