Thursday, January 19, 2017

Statement of Charlotte Law School Administration

As we reported last night, the DOE has told Charlotte Law School that it positively, absolutely will not be eligible for federal student loans.  Charlotte Law School has issued a lengthy statement concerning this situation.  (here)  The message states that Charlotte will still open for classes next week.  I'm not going to excerpt any of the message because I think you need to read the whole thing.

Meanwhile, two more articles have come out about Charlotte over the last few hours:

WFAE, Charlotte School Of Law Paid Students To Delay Taking The Bar

Above the Law, Charlotte Law School Pulls Rug Out From Students

I am very troubled about what is happening to the students at Charlotte.  Their lives have been in limbo for the past few weeks.  At this point, Charlotte may be reopening, but where will the students get the money to pay for it?

To take your minds off this troubling situation, I suggest you check out these two articles, which we discussed earlier this week:

Heather Field, Fostering Ethical Professional Identity in Tax: Using the Traditional Tax Classroom

Hillary Burgess, Beyond Learning Objectives: Overview of The Taxonomy of Cognitive Legal Learning Objectives and Outcome Measurements: A Guidebook for Schools and Faculty To Create Strategic Curricular and Course Learning Objectives


Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Law School Fires Dozens of Faculty  Excerpts:

"The reeling Charlotte School of Law has fired much of its faculty – a possible response to what’s expected to be a significant drop in enrollment when the school reopens next week, the Observer has learned."

“The massive cuts come less than week before the school is supposed to reopen despite crippling financial problems that threaten to overwhelm it.”

“In a statement sent to Charlotte School of Law’s students Wednesday, a top U.S. Department of Education official said his agency and the law school had previously reached an agreement in principle that would have freed up some of the federal loan money in time for the planned start of classes Monday.

Instead, Charlotte School of Law 'has since rejected what it had previously accepted and has informed the Department that it will not be accepting the conditions set,’ Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell said."

"For weeks, school President Chidi Ogene and Dean Jay Conison have been promising students details of alternative loan options to cover tuition and other expenses. Those details still had not been released Wednesday evening. Nor has the schedule of classes for the upcoming semester, students said."

"Thursday, Ogene, Conison and school spokeswoman Victoria Taylor issued an extraordinary statement in which they accused the Department of Education of breaking the law and violating its own rules by cutting off the school’s access to loans."

"Student leader Margaret Kocaj of Charlotte, however, said Thursday that the school continues to hold its remaining students hostage by withholding vital information about finances, classes and now faculty solely to minimize the damage to enrollment."

"The government agency pressed the school 'to be fully transparent about student options under the agreement,' Mitchell said. But education officials grew frustrated with delays by the school that now leave its students with few if any options, a department spokesman said."

ABA Journal, Charlotte School of Law vows to fight Dept. of Ed's 'final' ruling denying student financial aid

"Assuming that the school continues to operate without federal loan money, students may not be eligible for federal loan discharge, according to Mitchell’s email."

"Students told the Observer that no class schedules have been released for the semester scheduled to begin Monday. The newspaper also reports that there have been “rumors” that faculty has been informed of potential layoffs."

Statement of Barry Currier, Managing Director, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Regarding Charlotte School of Law (January 19, 2017)


"In the wake of the Department of Education’s decision to deny CSL's continuing participation in the federal student loan program on December 19, 2016, the ABA directed CSL to file a teach-out plan. Both federal regulations and rules of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar require a school’s teach-out plan to provide equitable treatment of students affected by the plan."

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(Scott Fruehwald)

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