Following up on yesterday's post, It Begins . . . Department Of Education Cuts Off Federal Student Loans For Charlotte Law School, Effective Dec. 31:
- Letter, Department of Education
- Press Release, Department of Education
- Statement, Department of Education
- Statement, Barry Currier (Managing Director, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar)
- Statement, Charlotte Law School
ABA Journal, Federal Student Financial Aid Yanked at Charlotte School of Law:
“This is potentially a cataclysmic event for legal education. The Department of Education’s reasoning could easily be extended to other law schools,” Paul Caron, an associate dean and professor at Pepperdine School of Law, wrote in an email to the ABA Journal. “Hopefully, today’s action by the DOE will finally cause law schools to confront the existential crisis facing legal education,” says Caron, who writes at Tax Law Prof Blog.
Bloomberg Law: Will This Law School Close After Feds Cut Funding?, by Kyle McEntee:
Charlotte School of Law may be on the brink of closure, which, as I have argued, would be the just result for a school that continues to exploit students.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education announced it will end Charlotte School of Law’s access to federal student financial aid, also known as Title IV funds. As a result, students who plan to enroll next semester, which begins Jan 9, 2017, can no longer receive federal student loans.
Charlotte Law is among several dozen law schools that my organization, Law School Transparency, identified as using; exploitative admissions and retention policies. We argue these schools adopted such policies to maintain the flow of tuition dollars, usually paid for with federal student loans.
Charlotte School of Law is not the only law school operating shamelessly to the detriment of the legal profession. This school, like several dozen more, set large percentages of their students up to fail, leaving them with high debts, wasted time, no job, and no hope. It’s long past time for these schools to go.
Greensboro News & Record, Boom Goes Charlotte Law:
The ABA put Charlotte School of Law on probation last month. Monday, the feds came down even harder on the state’s largest and arguably (#notarguably) least successful law school. ...
The site also noted what appeared to be the last straw for the feds. In an interview with the Charlotte Business Journal three weeks ago — two weeks after the ABA dinged the school for its lousy bar passage rates — the school's president claimed that its grads were actually doing pretty well on the state bar exams. Whoops! Turns out CSL’s passing rate was below state average more often than not. In the last four seatings of the bar, fewer than half of CSL grads passed.
Law School Transparency has more gory details about Charlotte Law — a 46 percent bar passage rate in 2015 (it was a point lower in 2016); only about a quarter of its grads in full-time, long-term legal jobs; a third of its graduates didn’t have full-time jobs; and so on. It’s ugly.
The law school’s website, meanwhile, is silent on the recent troubles. So is the school's Twitter feed, which includes a picture of a Christmas tree made out of law school books.
Considering that the school probably won’t be in business after the New Year, that’s probably the best use of law books short of boxing them up.