Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Following up on my previous post, Florida Coastal Law School Sues ABA; Kirkland & Ellis Alleges Arbitrary Enforcement Of Accreditation Standards: Law.com, Florida Coastal School of Law Seeks Restraining Order Against ABA:
Florida Coastal School of Law has asked a federal judge to halt new disclosures the American Bar Association has required the troubled school to make to its students, arguing the requirements will undermine its efforts to improve.
In a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, filed June 15 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Florida Coastal and owner InfiLaw Corp. have asked the court to postpone several requirements the ABA imposed in April after determining that the school is out of compliance with rules pertaining to the rigor or it educational program and its academic support.
Florida Coastal has requested that the following actions be postponed for 30 days following a ruling on its motion for a preliminary injunction.
- Disclose to all admitted students that the school has been found out of compliance with the accreditation standards and it required to take remedial action. The two-page public notice must also be posted to Florida Coastal’s website.
- Inform each student of the school’s first-time bar pass rates in Florida and Georgia—broken down by class quartiles—as well as which quartile the student falls into based on their most recent grades.
- Appoint a fact finder to visit and examine, among other things, admissions policies, attrition rates, bar exam results, student loan default rates and the school’s finances.
Florida Coastal has appealed the ABA’s April 27 decision, but that appeal does not stay those three actions.
Florida Coastal Law School Sues ABA; Kirkland & Ellis Alleges Arbitrary Enforcement Of Accreditation Standards (May 11, 2018)