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This chart represents research for Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It . . .": Taking Law School Mission Statements Seriously by Irene Scharf and Vanessa Merton. We gathered information about accrediting bodies to determine the role of mission statements in accreditation standards. For each agency we answered the following questions: Must accreditation seekers have mission statements? Must these statements must be in writing? Is it required for the mission statement to include goals? For some accreditors this information was clearly stated, while the answers were more ambiguous for others. The website for each accreditor is included in this chart as a permanent link.