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Monday, May 14, 2018

Former Prof, Student Sue ABA For Negligently Accrediting Charlotte Law School

Charlotte Logo (2016)ABA Journal, ABA Should Never Have Accredited Now-Closed Charlotte School of Law, Lawsuit Claims:

A former professor and former student from the Charlotte School of Law have sued the ABA, accusing it of negligence in accrediting the school. 

Charlotte graduate Ese Love and former professor Barbara Bernier say the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar knew or should have known the school was not complying with accreditation standards, the complaint in U.S. ex rel Bernier v. Infilaw says. The ABA’s imprimatur misled students like Love and teachers like Bernier into joining a school that was focused more on profit than legal education, they argue.

“In short, InfiLaw and CSOL were motivated by profits, not students,” the suit said. “The ABA, in failing to enforce and ensure that CSOL was in compliance with the Standards, failed to act as a reasonable accreditor.” ...

[P]laintiff Love has more than $350,000 in student loan debt from a discredited school; plaintiff Bernier left a tenured professorship at a different, accredited law school for a position at Charlotte School of Law. Plaintiffs estimate that most graduates have more than $238,000 in debt.

The amended complaint was filed May 8 after some claims in the original lawsuit were dismissed. Bernier filed the case in 2016 as a whistleblower lawsuit under the False Claims Act, which forbids defrauding the federal government. The government declined to intervene in August, the same month that the Charlotte School of Law closed over its lack of a state license. The ABA pulled its accreditation in February. Multiple former students are suing the school separately.

Law360, ABA Negligently Certified For-Profit Law School, Suit Says

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