The dean of the CBN University Law School said he believes the institution "has been treated in a very prejudicial way" by the American Bar Association, which recently denied its application for accreditation.

Dean Herb Titus claimed that the denial was based in part on the school's Christian orientation. He said the decision is being appealed to the ABA's House of Delegates, which will meet in February, and that the school will ask to be permitted to "teach according to our faith and our beliefs."

The law school had been part of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa until it was transferred to CBN University in Virginia Beach in the fall of 1986. It had had provisional accreditation at ORU, where Titus had been the dean since 1983, but was considered a new law school when it opened at CBN University and had to reapply for accreditation.

"In the past there had been questions raised, but there is nothing currently that indicated accreditation was in jeopardy," Titus said. Appearing on the "700 Club" television program, which is hosted by Tim Robertson, the son of CBN University founder and presidential candidate Marion G. (Pat) Robertson, Titus said the ABA had a monopoly on the law school business.

He and Tim Robertson suggested that lawyers should not have the sole right to decide who can practice law.

In Virginia and most other states, graduates of unaccredited law schools cannot take the bar exam, which is necessary in order to be licensed.