Baltimore International College, a troubled culinary and hospitality school, urged a U.S. District Court judge to intervene before its accreditation was due to expire. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education made the decision to revoke the college’s accreditation in June. Ballard Spahr attorney Timothy F. McCormack, who represents the commission, said the loss of accreditation should stand.

“It is not a life-and-death situation because the decision that the Baltimore International College would cease operation came a month before” notice from the commission, Mr. McCormack said.