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  • #51981

    Hello everyone!

    The US Department of Education announced that it is cutting off access to federal student loans to the Charlotte School of Law effective December 31. This decision was based largely on the school’s inability to maintain accreditation with the ABA. Additionally, the DOE concluded that the law school made “substantial misrepresentations to current and prospective students.”

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    #51983

    Hello again everyone!

    Just a brief update that the Charlotte Observer has an article about students who feel the for-profit law school intentionally hid its problems.

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    #52001

    Hello everyone!

    Just another brief update that classes at Charlotte are still scheduled to begin on January 17 though no update on financial aid was made available. New students will NOT be enrolled this spring amid the school’s current issues.

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    #52014

    Hello everyone!

    It appears that Charlotte Law is set to starts its spring semester next week. Doing so would jeopardize the chance current students could receive a closed school discharge of their federal student loans. The law school is still in negotiations with the Department of Education and the DOE is advocating for a “teach out” where current students are allowed to complete their class work at an ABA-accredited partner school.

    Furthermore, the DOE is allegedly pushing for a full refund or all 1Ls and a closed school loan discharge for all others who don’t complete their degree. We’re hopeful that’s not too bitter a pill for this for-profit to swallow.

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    #52018

    Hello everyone!

    Yet another developing storyline in this saga is that, according to WFAE, Charlotte School of Law may have paid students to delay taking the bar. The reason behind such a motive, presumably, is that the school was very concerned the students would fail and the delays would allow the school to delay its accreditation issues.

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    #52048

    Hello everyone!

    Just another update that the Charlotte Observer reports the Charlotte School of Law Alumni Association is now the latest group calling for President Chidi Ogene and Dean Jay Conison to immediately resign. If you’re concerned about a weak candidacy and considering a for-profit law school, please make sure you do extra due diligence and understand the school’s placement and bar passage rates.

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    #52179

    Hello everyone!

    Politico reported that North Carolina’s Attorney General, Josh Stein, has opened an investigation into the Charlotte School of Law and “is investigating the school under the state’s civil consumer protection laws and is very concerned about the current situation at the school.”

    Stein is also concerned with Charlotte Law’s attempts to for quick reinstatement of federal loans from the Trump administration. The school, which lost over half its students after the fall term is on the hook for the student loans of all students who withdraw within 120 days of a school’s closure. (Even if Charlotte Law is closed, its parent company, InfiniLaw, which owns two other for-profit law schools, would still be liable.) In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Stein stressed Charlotte Law and its investors have a “vested interest in continuing to operate to decrease their potential liability” for any loans discharged due to the 120-day rule.

    The bottom line is this saga isn’t over yet, so stay tuned and please, please, please be very careful when selecting your target law schools and understand that some of your potential schools may come with significant risks.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    #52196

    Hello everyone!

    It was reported on Friday that Charlotte School Of Law students may get their federal loans this coming week. This is according to an email from the school’s president Chidi Ogene. Stay tuned. We don’t think this story is over just yet…

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    #52226

    Hello everyone!

    Just a quick update that the News & Observer is reporting that the Charlotte School of Law’s license is under review.

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    #52228

    Hello everyone!

    The ABA Journal reported that federal loans were indeed disbursed to Charlotte Law students earlier this month.

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    #52240

    Hello everyone!

    A group of Charlotte Law students has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court claiming that the school misled them about its accreditation status.

    As we said before, we don’t think this story is over. By a long shot. So stay tuned…

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    #52269

    Hello everyone!

    WFAE 90.7 is reporting that Charlotte School of Law has to prove its financial stability to the UNC Board of Governors by August 1. Furthermore, the school can not admit new students until it receives the Board’s approval. Finally, the school must receive the ABA’s approval for a “teach out” plan of its remaining students by August 1.

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    #52331

    Hello everyone!

    Today is Charlotte Law’s deadline set by the UNC Board of Governors to present proof of compliance with the state’s financial stability requirements. The main requirement is securing a bond to cover prepaid tuition reimbursement in the case the school fails.

    If Charlotte Law survives today’s deadline, it still faces an August 10 deadline for approval from the ABA. And, of course, it needs to convince the DOE to allow it to offer federal student loans.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    #52335

    Hello everyone!

    Charlotte Law issued a press release stating it’s been approved to award federal student loans when classes are scheduled to resume on August 28.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    #52357

    Hello everyone!

    WBTV has reported that Charlotte School of Law’s license to operate as a degree-granting school in North Carolina expired yesterday and, as of today, the school can no longer stay open.

    We don’t yet want to rule out the possibility of appeals and we’ll continue to update you on any such developments.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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