Wake Forest University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wake Forest University. The Commission should only be contacted if there is evidence that appears to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.
Wake Forest University School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar; 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598; Telephone 312.988.6739). While the ABA does not formally approve any program other than the first degree in law (JD), it does require accredited schools to receive acquiescence for these programs. Wake Forest Law has received such acquiescence for the MSL.
The ABA prohibits law schools from granting credit towards a JD for any coursework in the MSL program completed prior to enrollment in a JD program.
Wake Forest University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of North Carolina in online programs. The Wake Forest University School of Law online Master of Studies in Law program is authorized to accept applications from all 50 United States (including the 49 NC-SARA member states, as well as California) and Puerto Rico, also an NC-SARA member.
State authorization is a legal issue regarding an educational institution’s adherence to the requirements necessary to secure authorization to offer instruction in a particular state. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010. In satisfaction of these requirements, Wake Forest University has been approved by North Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. More information is available at our University State Authorization website.