Handy U.S. GAO “Reports and Testimonies” Webpage

The United States Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) maintains a handy “reports and testimonies” webpage containing links to its latest work product.

The GAO is a well-respected independent nonpartisan agency of the U.S. Government (USG) — see “About GAO” — that works specifically for the U.S. Congress and authors on the order of 900 separate products (mostly “blue books,” i.e., reports, as well as correspondence) per year — see “About GAO Reports.”

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For instance, according to the report, most law school officials “do not cite ABA accreditation standards as having an impact on minority access at their schools.”