Jacksonville Daily Record, Florida Coastal School of Law Making Changes:
InfiLaw owns three for-profit law schools in the U.S.
Arizona Summit Law in Phoenix and Charlotte Law School in North Carolina were placed on probation in November by the American Bar Association, and Charlotte in December became the first law school in history to lose access to student loan programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education.
At issue are admission standards, quality of education and how relatively few of the schools’ graduates pass the Bar exam on their first attempt.
That leaves Florida Coastal School of Law, and the local legal education provider is taking steps to avoid sanction by the ABA.
Responding by email, Florida Coastal Dean Scott DeVito said the school has been concerned that Bar exam passage rates are “well below where our models predicted they would be.” DeVito said Florida Coastal is changing the curriculum, teaching methods and raising admission standards beginning with students entering school this fall. ...
On average, 8.4 percent of first-year students at all law schools and 1.6 percent of second-year students leave school. At Florida Coastal, 38.6 percent of first-year and 12.8 percent of second-year students leave, according to the website.
DeVito said that over the past two years, Florida Coastal’s “primary successes” have been in graduates getting jobs. Based on the school’s most recent annual survey of students nine to 10 months after graduation, 87 percent of students who passed the Bar exam have full-time attorney jobs, a 10 percent increase year-over-year, he said. ...
Looking ahead, DeVito said, without giving any details, there are two main goals for Florida Coastal: to “convert to a nonprofit entity” and to “join with a nonprofit university that makes sense for our students.”
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