Valparaiso University's law school might face bleak choices

Two weeks ago in a nearly unprecedented backhand, the American Bar Association punished two law schools 723 miles apart for similar indiscretions.

One was put on probation for two years. The other was censured.

The ABA is the designated watchdog of professional standards for those who argue before the bar of justice and those who teach the skill. The ABA seldom punishes schools with probation — a perceived laxity that the federal government had recently scolded — but announcing to everyone why punishment was imposed is an even rarer phenomenon.

The ABA said both schools were not doing any of their central jobs well enough during the assessment period to guarantee continued accreditation. Fix it, or else.

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