The Legal Beat
Charlotte Law’s License Is Under Review
Posted on Friday May 19, 2017
There’s really not much to say here. When the media’s grab bag of descriptors surrounding a law school veers into “embattled,” and “troubled,” and “f**ked,” then news like this isn’t far behind. After the ABA and the DOE dropped anvils on Charlotte and the North Carolina Attorney General opened an investigation, it was only a matter of time before the school’s licensing agency came calling. The University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors will review Charlotte’s license, and no one is shocked at all.
The only surprise we may have left is how epically Charlotte manages to burn its bridges with the Board. When the DOE first hit the school, Charlotte worked overtime to spit in the DOE’s face and then dig itself a little deeper by alienating students and alumni alike. What lessons from Emily Post can the school mangle in its license review? I’m certainly excited to find out!
Of course, the other takeaway from this is that Charlotte’s cockamamie scheme to throw all their eggs in Betsy DeVos’s basket and pray that someone committed to transforming education into a den of hucksters bleeding students and their families of every last cent in exchange for a lackluster education might take pity on the for-profit law school. The administration may find a way to hold out Charlotte as its shining faculty lounge on a hill, but that’s not going to get the state authorities off their backs now that they’ve joined the frenzy.
All isn’t lost, however. There’s always a chance that Charlotte can work its way through all its troubles, even if it’s going to take a little extra work without the DOE leadership bailing them out.
On the other hand, there’s a reason people reach for the word “embattled.”
Troubled Charlotte School of Law’s license under review [News & Observer]
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