ABA Implements New Requirement for Law School Accreditation: Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression

The American Bar Association has just standard 208 of academic freedom and freedom of expression. This standard sets out policies to support academic excellence and freedom of speech in law schools, ensuring that all faculty and students have the right to express their ideas freely in a respectful environment. The standard also allows law schools to limit expression that violates the law or is defamatory, threatening, or harassing. Additionally, the standard states that law schools may regulate the time, place, and manner of expression. This new standard reflects the importance of open and respectful discourse in legal education and the practice of law.