Lincoln is registered with the State Bar of California as a registered, unaccredited fixed-facility law school. The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is principally in physical classroom facilities. Lincoln’s degree granting-granting authority in connection with its students qualifying to take the California Bar Examination and obtain admission to the practice of law in California is based on its registration as an unaccredited law school with the Committee of Bar Examiners.
California Committee of Bar Examiners’ Actions
Lincoln Law School of San Jose was issued a Notice of Noncompliance by the California Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) in August 2020 regarding Accredited Law School Rule 4.106(N) and Guideline for Accredited Law School Rules 12.1, under which all accredited law schools are required to maintain a minimum, cumulative five-year California Bar Examination Passage Rate (MPR) of 40%, and subsequently placed Lincoln on probation. In August 2022, after it did not meet the terms of probation to improve the school’s minimum pass rate (MPR) to 40% as is required by Rule 4.160(D)(6), the CBE terminated Lincoln’s accreditation effective December 31, 2022 under Rule 4.173(A)(1) of the Accredited Law School Rules. In August 2022, the CBE approved Lincoln’s request for Registration as an Unaccredited, Fixed-Facility Law School, with a confirming inspection set for 2023.
To ensure that prospective students of, applicants to, and students of a law school’s J.D. degree program are fully informed about the requirements and possible limitations associated with attending and graduating from an unaccredited law school, a law school must make certain disclosures of information. Lincoln’s required disclosure of information can be found at the bottom of this page and under the admissions tab above.