The Department of Education has the authority to extend enrollment requirements for school loan discharges if there are “exceptional circumstances,” which is what should happen for students at the now-shuttered Charlotte School of Law, say a group of North Carolina U.S. Congress members.The letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, dated Oct. 26, is signed by U.S. Reps. Alma Adams, G.K. Butterfield and David Price, the News & Observer reports. All are Democrats, and they ask that students enrolled at the school between December 2016 and August 2017 qualify for a closed school loan discharge. The department in an August Fact Sheet (PDF) stated that the cutoff was April 12, 2017.The council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar announced in November 2016 that the for-profit law school had been placed on probation after it was found that the school was out of compliance with various admissions standards. Charlotte … [Read more...] about Lawmakers ask Dept. of Ed to extend student loan discharge for Charlotte School of Law students
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A federal criminal investigation involving Charlotte School of Law was opened more than a year ago, according to recently unsealed court documents in a qui tam lawsuit. The Orlando U.S. attorney’s office recently opted not to intervene in the case.The lawsuit was filed by Barbara Bernier, a former Charlotte School of Law professor, the Charlotte Observer reports. Her complaint (PDF)—which also names InfiLaw as a defendant and was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, claims that Charlotte School of Law manipulated bar exam and employment statistics by offering students who seemed unlikely to pass a $5,000 stipend to not take the test.The law school earlier this month announced that it would close, after being placed on probation by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and losing both its state license and federal aid money.Bernier’s lawsuit also alleges that Charlotte School of Law exploited veterans … [Read more...] about Feds started criminal investigation of Charlotte School of Law, according to civil filing
About 46 percent of accredited law schools are failing to post charts about student scholarships and employment, or are reporting misleading and incomplete data, according to numbers released Wednesday by the group Law School Transparency.The number was even higher, the group says, before it notified law schools about problems it uncovered in an end-of-the-year review, the National Law Journal reports. Law School Transparency initially found that 78 percent of accredited law schools were failing to meet expectations. The percentage continues to drop—from 49 percent on Monday to 46 percent on Wednesday—as schools react to the findings and clean up their statistics.Law School Transparency analyzed the schools’ online data for compliance with new standards set by the ABA’s accrediting arm, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The section’s so-called Standard 509 requires all consumer information released by law schools to be complete, … [Read more...] about About half of law schools post incomplete job and scholarship data, group says; Which did best?
Two for-profit law schools are not meeting the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful employment standard, which measures debt-to-earnings ratios, the agency reported Monday.If Florida Coastal School of Law and Charleston School of Law fail the gainful employment standard again next year, they lose access to federal student aid, the National Law Journal reports.The Infilaw System owns Florida Coastal. Two of its other law schools, Charlotte School of Law and Arizona Summit Law School, were given a “zone” rating by the Department of Education, which means the schools were close to not meeting gainful employment standards, and must pass the gainful employment standard in one of the next four years to stay in good standing.Federal student aid for Charlotte School of Law students is already in jeopardy, after the department in December found that the school made “substantial misrepresentations” to current and prospective students regarding its compliance with … [Read more...] about Department of Education flags 5 law schools’ debt-to-income ratios, including 3 in Infilaw System
David Frakt is a lawyer, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve and a former law professor who has studied the relationship between LSAT scores, undergraduate grades, law school performance and bar passage rates. But he may be better known as the candidate for dean of the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville (which had a July 2015 first-time bar pass rate of 59.3 percent) who was asked to leave the campus in the middle of his presentation to faculty and staff. He had dared to suggest that the school was risking its accreditation by admitting too many students with little or no chance of ever becoming lawyers.Frakt concedes that some applicants with modest academic qualifications can excel in both law school and practice, but he says there’s a point below which a candidate’s aptitude for legal studies and legal reasoning is highly predictive of failure.“However dedicated and skilled law professors and academic support staff may be,” Frakt … [Read more...] about What do falling bar-passage rates mean for legal education–and the future of the profession?