William Hubbard, Veterans Education Success
California Senate Judiciary Committee
Good afternoon to the Honorable Members and your staff:
I speak with you about Assembly Joint Resolution No. 12, and wish to register the strong opposition of many veterans organizations; more than 40 of which worked with Congress to enact the Protect the GI Bill Act, which ensures veterans have access to education respected nationwide.
In 2006, I joined the United States Marine Corps, a step that landed me at Recruit Depot – San Diego. Then, at Camp Pendleton, the training was expectedly arduous, but I grew fond of the beauty and opportunity available in California.
Today, I serve at an organization called Veterans Education Success, and live and work in Virginia with my family.
In an economy that switches on a dime, the mobility of our veterans and their families is paramount. The Protect the GI Bill Act in its entirety ensures that GI Bill benefits lead to a degree that has mobility in the job market. This is especially important for military families who frequently relocate across state lines.
AJR-12 is a resolution to protect law schools that other states view as unaccredited; it is not a resolution to protect the interests of veterans. These are institutions not accredited by a nationally-recognized accreditor, and their numbers tell you all you need to know :
- Over 25% have been placed on probation through July 1, 2022, due to a noncompliant minimum passage rate–or have lost accreditation entirely.
- None of these schools met the minimum American Bar Association bar passage rate of 75% this past year. 
- The website for one school is “lawdegree.com,” a recruiting tactic practiced by many lead-generator sites, some who notoriously operated websites including GIBill.com and Army.com; both were shut down by law enforcement.  
- And one final example, the University of West Los Angeles: according to the State Bar’s published Exam Statistics, UWLA has a reported bar passage rate of just 9%.
I respectfully request you stand with veterans organizations nationwide, not with the law schools protecting “lawdegree.com” as one of their own.
Thank you for your consideration.
 The State Bar of California, “2020 Cumulative Minimum Bar Examination Pass Rates (MPR) for California Accredited Law Schools (Five-Year Reporting Period: August 1, 2014–July 31, 2019),” (2020), http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/admissions/Education/MinimumPassRateStandardCumulativePassRates.pdf (last accessed July 6, 2021).
 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VAntage Point Blog, “After Court Settlement, VA Takes Over GIBill.com and Other Sites,” (2012). https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7356/after-court-settlement-va-takes-over-gibill-com-and-other-sites/ (last accessed July 6, 2021).
 The State Bar of California, “General Statistics Report: October 2020 California Bar Examination Number of First-Timers and Repeaters Taking and Passing and the Percent Passing: California Accredited Law Schools with 11 or More Takers,” (2020), http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/OCT2020-CBX-Statistics.pdf
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