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Saturday, September 8, 2018

ABA: Florida Coastal Remains Out of Compliance With Law School Accreditation Standards

Florida Coastal (2017)ABA Journal, Florida Coastal Still Out of Compliance With Accreditation Standards, ABA Legal Ed Council Says:

The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has affirmed its findings that Florida Coastal School of Law is out of compliance with certain accreditation standards—increasing the likelihood that the matter will be settled in court.

The decision rebuffs an appeal from Florida Coastal, which the ABA originally found out of compliance in October of 2017. The council found after a March hearing that it had come into compliance with one of the standards but maintained that most of the problems it had identified still existed.

Florida Coastal appealed that decision, which was rejected at an August meeting of the Accreditation Committee of the section’s council.

The decision may revitalize a lawsuit over the matter. Florida Coastal sued the ABA in May, saying the council is biased against for-profit law schools. A federal district judge for the Middle District of Florida denied the school a temporary restraining order in July, saying action wasn’t appropriate while the appeal was pending. ...

Florida Coastal has pushed back against these findings, arguing that its bar passage are were above average compared to other Florida law schools. In court, it has argued that the ABA is biased against law schools owned by Florida Coastal’s parent company, InfiLaw, “because of its proprietary status.” Florida Coastal also argued that the U.S. Department of Education, under then-President Barack Obama, pressured or encouraged the ABA to take adverse actions against for-profit law schools. InfiLaw is owned almost entirely by a private equity company, Sterling Partners.

Two other InfiLaw schools, Arizona Summit School of Law and the Charlotte School of Law, have also sued the ABA; all three argue that the council denied them due process. Arizona Summit lost ABA accreditation approval in June, and the school is not holding classes this fall. Charlotte School of Law lost its accreditation and was forced to close under North Carolina state law.

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Comments

Wow. Infilaw really did manage to turn gold into lead, didnt they?

Posted by: Anon | Sep 10, 2018 6:46:12 AM