Monday, December 19, 2016

Paul Caron on Charlotte Law School's Loss of Federal Financial Aid

Quoted in the ABA Journal:

“This is potentially a cataclysmic event for legal education. The Department of Education’s reasoning could easily be extended to other law schools,” Paul Caron, an associate dean and professor at Pepperdine School of Law, wrote in an email to the ABA Journal.

“Hopefully, today’s action by the DOE will finally cause law schools to confront the existential crisis facing legal education,” says Caron, who writes at Tax Law Prof Blog.

I think that Paul is right that this could be cataclysmic.  This could cause major changes in the legal education world, hopefully for the better.

(Scott Fruehwald)

P.S.  This from Paul Campos:

"As to how damaging this will be, nearly 100% of Charlotte’s income, like that of the other Infilaw schools, comes from tuition dollars, and the overwhelming majority of those dollars are funneled into the school’s coffers in the form of federal student loans. So unless this decision gets reversed (Charlotte has a couple of weeks to file an appeal.) . . . .  Charlotte will be going out of business almost immediately, which is actually great news for its current victims students, since that means their student loans will be forgiven."

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In my view, law schools that admit students who are unlikely to successfully complete a program of legal education, pass the bar, or obtain meaningful employment, undermine the integrity of the legal profession and inflict substantial harm (e.g., through six-figure, non-dischargeable debt) on unsuspecting applicants. These schools should be sanctioned, and in some cases, shut down.

Posted by: Adam | Dec 20, 2016 7:10:54 PM

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