New GAO Report on Law School Cost and Access Issues

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently released a new report titled “Higher Education: Issues Related to Law School Cost and Access.”

The report includes briefings the GAO made to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and to the  U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor.

Interestingly, although multiple factors — such as the move to more “hands-on,” resource-intensive legal education methods —  may affect law school cost and access, American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation requirements “do not appear to be a major driver.”

For instance, according to the report, most law school officials “do not cite ABA accreditation standards as having an impact on minority access at their schools.”