U.S.-Style Law School in China Won't Be Considered for ABA Accreditation

The accrediting body of the American Bar Association voted on Friday against opening its process to law schools overseas, striking a blow to the four-year-old Peking University School of Transnational Law.

The school, which graduated its first class of 53 students this year, is the first law school in China to offer an educational program modeled on the U.S.-style J.D. degree. Its founding dean, Jeffrey S. Lehman, said the school is a place where Chinese students who can't afford to