One last chance for Charlotte School of Law

Placed on probation by the ABA, losing its federal loan revenues, and losing much of its tuition paying student body as a consequence, Charlotte School of Law is on the verge of collapse if it doesn’t do something to overhaul itself. The private law school has announced plans to affiliate with a northeastern university, one not yet identified, and to go non-profit. From Wednesday’s NPR  program:

“MT: How would this work?

LW: The school’s new dean, Scott Broyles, says the plan is to partner with a university in the northeast. InfiLaw, the company who now owns Charlotte School of Law, wouldn’t make academic decisions, but, instead, deal with the school’s day-to-day operations.

MT: How much of a difference would this change make? Is it a smokescreen?

LW: It’s hard to say at this point. It’s not clear how that agreement between the non-profit board and InfiLaw would work, nor how much the school would pay InfiLaw. But the plan also calls for faculty to play a bigger role in making academic decisions, starting with admissions standards.”

“MT: Is this enough to persuade the Department of Education to begin cutting federal loan checks again to Charlotte School of Law?

LW: That remains to be seen. A letter from the Department of Education in January didn’t mention the option of re-instating federal loan money to the school back. It simply noted because the school hadn’t agreed to close, students wouldn’t have their federal loans forgiven. But Broyles [the new dean] says a few things have changed since then.”

See also the ABAJ article, Can for-profit InfiLaw schools be had on the cheap, and would they be worth it? because Sterling Partners may be unloading all three of its for-profit InfiLaw System law schools, including Charlotte School of Law. — Joe

1 Comment

  1. As someone who went through this lowest of lows at UDC DCSL from about 1997 -2000, this is a horribly demoralizing position to be in, but it is not impossible to overcome. Advocacy from students and faculty to Bar meetings is crucial.

    At UDC it all hung on a Nashville meeting, and our students banded together and drove overnight to Nashville, and lobbied like crazy, anyone they could. Dean Broderick also weaved her magic, and a program that was assumed to be dead one day, rose, like the UDC mascot Phoenix, to live again, and just 6 or 7 years later, obtain full accreditation with the ABA.

    The 9 years I had there as Law Library Director were the most difficult and rewarding years of my professional career.

    Keep the faith!

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