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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Charlotte Law Students Skewer Administration; Terminated Faculty Lawyer Up

Above the Law, Charlotte Students Skewer Administration In Brutal Photoshop:


David Frakt, How Charlotte Law Wrongfully Terminated Half Its Faculty:

I have previously written about how Charlotte School of Law recently declared a financial emergency and implemented a “Reduction in Force” or RIF, firing about half the faculty with less than two weeks notice.

I have now been retained by one former Charlotte Law School faculty member to represent him in a wrongful termination action against the school and have had discussions with several other faculty members about potential representation. Through these discussions and through documents I have acquired, it has become clear that Charlotte School of Law did not comply with the contractual requirements for a Reduction in Force set forth in the Faculty Handbook, and thus, wrongfully terminated these faculty members.

ABA Journal, Charlotte School of Law Reportedly Files Teach-Out Plan to ABA:

Charlotte School of Law has submitted a teach-out plan, which lists Florida Coastal School of Law as its partner, to the American Bar Association, a Charlotte School of Law spokesperson told the ABA Journal.

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Charlotte had been one of the best at exploiting students prior to losing access to federal student loans. 155 out of 264 (58.7%) first year students had their conditional scholarship reduced or eliminated last year. The school lost 130 first year students (36.7% of the first year class) through academic attrition last year. That is a win-win for the school. You can collect tuition and not have to worry about those students bringing down the bar passage rate even further.

The students that completed the program had a median debt of $161,910. At that price, the school could have invested more money into ensuring that the students had a quality education. But that would hurt profits. So the school gave $11,000 back to students if they were willing to forgo taking the bar. How generous!

What did the students get back from Charlotte? A 45% first time passage rate on the July 2016 NC bar exam. 24% of the class of 2015 was unemployed 9 months after graduation. 34.4% of graduates worked in short term or part time jobs. Only 26% of graduates obtained full time, long term, bar passage required jobs.

Don’t complain students. Otherwise the school will threaten you with an honor code violation.

Posted by: anon JD/MD | Feb 7, 2017 7:05:45 AM