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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lawsuit Claims Florida Coastal Law School Used Mandatory Bar Prep Course To 'Weed Out' Students And 'Artificially Inflate' Bar Passage Rate To Retain ABA Accreditation

Following up on my prior posts (links below):   Jacksonville Daily Record, Student Files Suit Against Florida Coastal School of Law:  

Florida Coastal (2017)A student at Florida Coastal School of Law is suing the school and its owner, InfiLaw Corp., alleging that the school breached its contract with the student and negligently misrepresented requirements for education and graduation. ...

The plaintiff alleges that halfway through her time at the school, Florida Coastal changed its passing and graduation requirements; that she was forced to enroll in a Bar examination preparation course; and that Florida Coastal repeatedly changed the passing requirements for the course between semesters.

Originally, the complaint alleges, a 60% score was required to pass the course. Students were advised that was changed to 50%, but grades above the 50% percent threshold would not be determined by the number of questions answered correctly, but rather based on a curve relative to the scores of other students. ...

The complaint alleges that Florida Coastal's imposition of the Bar exam preparation course and its subsequent change in passing scores, were in response to the American Bar Association finding that Florida Coastal was out of compliance with multiple admission standards.

The plaintiff contends that the compliance plan the school developed to meet the ABA standards was intended to “weed out students” to prevent them from graduating and make them ineligible to sit for the Florida Bar exam. The lawsuit charges that was an effort to “artificially inflate” the school’s Bar passage rate and avoid sanctions that could be imposed by the ABA.

Florida Times-Union, What Now? An Update on Florida Coastal Law School

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/09/florida-coastal-law-student-lawsuit-claims-school-used-mandatory-bar-prep-course-to-weed-out-student.html

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Comments

Oh, no! A law school preparing someone for the bar! Stop the insanity!

Posted by: Jim | Sep 19, 2019 6:16:22 AM

Moving target for graduation requirements is a classic breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. It is amazing that the more respectable institutions have not shunned this type of law school.

Posted by: JM | Sep 19, 2019 7:45:12 AM

An inexpensive bar-review course would be a great way to prepare for law school. And the answering approach of regurgitating all relevant (not salient) parts of the outline that they teach explicitly - and provide feedback on! - would give an idea of what results to expect, too.

A friend found the H&R Block preparer course helped before a tax LLM, too.

Posted by: Anand Desai | Sep 24, 2019 5:39:43 PM