Paul L. Caron

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Demise Of Charlotte Law School Resurrects Talk Of New Law School At University Of North Carolina-Charlotte

UNC CharlotteCharlotte Observer, Charlotte School of Law Crisis Resurrects Talks of a Law School at UNCC:

Long-running problems that may close the Charlotte School of Law have resurrected talks of a public law school at UNC Charlotte.

Chancellor Phil Dubois told the Observer Thursday that “given the developments” at the law school, he will reopen discussions of a UNCC law program next month during the school’s board of trustees meeting.

The 29,000-student university in north Charlotte was investigating the addition of a law school in 2008 when the recession savaged university budgets and shrunk law firms. The profession has not fully recovered, and law school applications remain down across the country.

For years, Charlotte billed itself as the largest city in the country without a law school. The for-profit Charlotte School of Law opened in 2006, but did not derail discussions for a legal facility at UNCC.

“I think there was a plausible case then to justify the need for an additional public law school in North Carolina. But the Great Recession laid waste to the idea,” Dubois said.

“Even if we could justify the need and get past the perception in some quarters that the world does not need more lawyers, it is far from clear that the funding case could be made either with the UNC Board of Governors or the General Assembly.”

The University of North Carolina System has two law schools: at UNC-Chapel Hill and at N.C. Central University in Durham. Four other universities — Duke, Wake Forest, Elon and Campbell — also operate law schools. Charlotte School of Law is the state’s only for-profit facility. Its future is in doubt. ...

Asked if UNCC might be interested in buying Charlotte School of Law, he replied, “The first question I’d have is how smart would it be to acquire a damaged asset.”

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@JDJunkyard For anyone who has been paying attention, the answer to that question is a resounding no.

Posted by: Head Honcho | Jan 17, 2017 9:39:20 AM

The question to be asked is whether North Carolina really needs another law school.

Posted by: Old Ruster from the former JDJunkyard | Jan 17, 2017 6:34:53 AM

I would hope they wouldn't buy any aspect of Charlotte School of Law. Starting from scratch would be best, and the UNC label would help attract pretty solid faculty.

Posted by: lawprof | Jan 16, 2017 11:16:10 AM