Saturday, March 9, 2013
National Law Journal: Two Law Schools Offer a Money-Back Guarantee — With Strings Attached, by Karen Sloan:
Can't pass the bar exam? Here's a $10,000 refund.
Two law schools are experimenting with refund programs for graduates who don't pass the bar examination after two tries, provided they complete a rigorous set of bar preparation courses beforehand.
Florida Coastal School of Law is offering the same refund to students dismissed for academic reasons following their 1L year, plus $2,000 to those who fail to secure a externship, clerkship, clinical experiences or other substantive legal work while in school.
The Charlotte School of Law has launched its own pilot program offering $10,000 to graduates tripped up more than once by the bar exam. Both are for-profit law schools operated by InfiLaw Inc., which also owns the Phoenix School of Law.
The idea behind the Assured Outcomes Partnership, as the programs have been dubbed, is to assure students and prospective applicants that their instructors will do all they can to help them succeed both academically and in their careers.