Paul L. Caron

Monday, May 1, 2017

Is This The End Of Charlotte Law School?

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Following up on my previous posts on the deepening troubles at Charlotte Law School (links below):  Greensboro News & Observer, Is This the End of Charlotte Law?:

A few months ago in this space, I noted the crumbling of Charlotte School of Law. The ABA had put the school on probation in November, the feds cut off funding in December, and the school reopened after the winter break in late January despite losing a third of its students and laying off up to two-thirds of its faculty and staff.

The law school promised to stay open through May, and it’s shambling forward, zombie-like, toward the end of the semester, albeit without its interim dean, who quit April 13 after just three weeks on the job. ...

Now, according to Politico, N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein is poking his nose into Charlotte Law’s business. ... The next BOG meeting is May 19-20, and Politico notes that President Margaret Spellings might have a recommendation to the board then. Cue ominous music.

Could Charlotte Law survive a Stein-Spellings onslaught. Sure, I guess. But my money’s on Lucille, not the zombie.

For more on Charlotte Law, the TaxProfBlog is keeping a running list of all the things that have happened down there.

(Hat Tip: Eric Chiappinelli.)

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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@Anon JD/MD,

And indeed it's so easy for a JD to go into accounting! Just need to go back to college and acquire an accounting degree...

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | May 2, 2017 8:44:29 AM

The city of Charlotte is the 2nd largest financial center in the U.S. and is home to nine Fortune 500 companies. According to the BLS, as of February 2017, the region had an unemployment rate of 4.7%. The BEA reports that North Carolina’s GDP grew 4.5% in the third quarter of 2016 and the state had the 10th highest GDP.

Despite the economic prosperity of the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina, Charlotte Law School failed to place a majority of their grads into meaningful employment. Only 34% of grads from the class of 2016 obtained a full time, long term job. That includes grads in bar passage required jobs (including solos), JD advantage jobs, and professional positions. 36% of their 2016 grads were unemployed as of March.

Many law school career services professionals have touted the opportunities for JDs to work in JD advantage jobs, such as human resources or accounting. Even though the city of Charlotte is home to several large corporations, Charlotte grads even struggled to get these jobs. Only 4% of grads obtained a full time, long term, JD advantage position.

Charlotte Law School has failed to teach their students the skills they need to pass the bar exam and obtain any type of meaningful employment. It is clear the school is operated to enrich Infilaw rather than help their students.

Posted by: anon JD/MD | May 1, 2017 11:17:52 AM

Let's hope so -- enough students have been duped by this unscrupulous "law school."

Posted by: AnonLawProf | May 1, 2017 5:23:51 AM