The Fort Myers Florida Weekly reports that Ave Maria School of Law's juris doctor program licensed by state:
Ave Maria School of Law's juris doctor program has been licensed by the Florida Department of Education's Commission for Independent Education. Receipt of this license was the last of the licensing and accreditation standards the law school had to satisfy prior to holding classes in Naples this August.
That said, there appear to be some money issues. Avewatch.com has some info at (Second) Mortgaging the Future of Ave Maria Employees and Memo Challenges Ave Maria Finances/Ethics. And a member of the Board of Trustees seems to have lasted less than three weeks. (See Ave Maria University Trustee Departure is “Mystery” and Resigned Trustee Critical of University Leadership.)
Meanwhile, however, the Fort Myers Florida Weekly reports,
Classes at Ave Maria School of Law are scheduled to begin at the 12.5-acre Vineyards campus in Naples in August of 2009.