The Syllabus: Zombie Charlotte Law (updated) – Greensboro News & Record (blog)

(I’ve updated this post below.)

The U.S. Department of Education couldnt kill Charlotte School of Law. Neither could the state Attorney Generals Office. Only until the UNC system stepped in and yanked the schools license to operate in North Carolina did Charlotte Law finally stop in its tracks.

Even then, after the school missed an Aug. 10 deadline to comply with the UNC systems demands, the school didnt alert students for two more weeks that yes, indeed, the school wouldnt reopen after all. Heres an Above the Law blog post from which I pulled the screen grab atop this post (click through to read the deans email), and heres the deans interview with the Charlotte Business Journalthat confirms the closing.

So thats that, right? Ha ha, no! The Charlotte Law story is like a zombie movie, and everyone knows that zombies rarely stay down for long.

On Thursday, the Ed Department made it tougher for students who bailed on the school last fall to have their loans forgiven.

On Monday morning, the Charlotte Observer reported that a former Charlotte Law professor filed suit accusing the school of admitting lots of unqualified students, then keeping them eligible so the school could keep pocketing their tuition money.

The Observer followed that up Monday night with this bombshell: the feds have been investigating the doomed law school for at least a year.

This is one zombie flick thats never going to end. Pass the popcorn.

Update, 12:30 p.m. Thursday: The whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a former Charlotte Law professor was even worse than I thought. I skimmed the story and missed the part about how school officials called Charlotte Law students the night before the bar exam and offered then $5,000 if they skipped the test.

Law professor and law blogger Paul Campos explains why that’s a big deal: Test-takers who withdraw the night before the test are considered second-time test-takers when they eventually do sit for the bar exam. ABA disclosure forms include and a law school’s accreditation depends upon the passage rate of first-time test takers.

Apparently, InfiLaw (Charlotte Law’s parent company) has run the same scam before. According to Campos, the dean of Arizona Summit Law in 2015 was offering students $10,000 not to take the bar.

Wow. More popcorn, please!

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