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Law School Without Access To Loans Needs At Least 500 Students (Who Can’t Pay) To Hold Classes This Spring
Posted on Thursday January 05, 2017
Charlotte School of Law has pulled the rug from beneath my feet. I’m supposed to graduate 130 days from today. The president of the law school, instead of just defending what the school is doing [in terms of toughening admissions policies], came back at me in an aggressive manner, like, “What would you have done?” Realistically, I think the odds are pretty low that we start on the 16th. I want to hold out hope, but the meeting did not make me feel confident that we’ll be starting back next week.
— Matt Blevins, a third-year student at Charlotte School of Law, in comments made after emerging from a meeting to discuss the school’s plight with Charlotte Law President Chidi Ogene, Dean Jay Conison, and spokeswoman and marketing director Victoria Taylor. Ogene said the school will announce whether it will reopen for the spring semester sometime this week, although the deadline could change.
According to those who attended the meeting, members of the administration say Charlotte Law needs at least 500 students — many of whom no longer have a way to finance their education thanks to the school’s dismissal from the federal loan program — to commit to taking classes to reopen.
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