The American Bar Association has granted preliminary accreditation to the law school at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, clearing the way for students to take the bar exam in any state.
Prior to the preliminary accreditation, UMass law school students could only take the bar in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
To get full accreditation, the school must follow ABA guidelines for the next three years. UMass Dartmouth is the first school in the Bay State’s public university system to offer a law school. It currently serves 325 students.