Charlotte School of Law

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

It became apparent about three years ago that Charlotte School of Law had a dilemma. The for-profit school that opened in 2006 had admitted too many unqualified students. Many failed out and others who graduated couldn't pass the bar. That bar passage rate is an important way to recruit new students and one of the reasons it came under scrutiny by its accreditor the American Bar Association. So Charlotte School of Law leaders came up with a creative solution. 

Julie Rose / WFAE

Charlotte School of Law is not planning to enroll any new students this coming semester and it's unclear classes will resume for current students.

Two students at the for-profit Charlotte School of Law are seeking class action status for a federal lawsuit against the troubled school.  

Julie Rose / WFAE

As of January 1, the Charlotte School of Law can no longer receive any federal loan money. In making the decision, the U.S. Department of Education says the law school has long been out of compliance with ABA standards and gave no hint of those problems to students.

Julie Rose / WFAE

The for-profit, Charlotte School of Law’s accreditation is in jeopardy. This week, the American Bar Association put the school, the state’s largest law school with about 800 students, on probation over concerns that unqualified students were being admitted and that too many graduates were not passing the bar exam.

The Charlotte School of Law has been placed on probation by the American Bar Association, effective November 14. The association says the law school has been admitting students who were incapable of completing the program or passing the Bar exam, and thus has been inadequate in preparing students for careers as lawyers.

Charlotte Observer

We reached out to Scott Broyles to provide legal analysis of Randall Kerrick trial. Broyles is a former federal prosecutor in Charlotte who now teaches criminal law at the Charlotte School of Law. He says he wasn't surprised at Kerrick's decision to testify.

"You can say all you want about a 5th Amendment right not to have to testify. The jury still takes it very seriously and looks very suspiciously at someone who decides not to testify and give their own account," Broyles says.

Nearly all of us have filled out a job application that asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.  Check the box yes, and you need to explain yourself. Well, that’s now a thing of the past for most potential city of Charlotte employees. City Manager Ron Carlee has decided to “ban the box.” We were joined this morning by the man who got this movement started in Charlotte a couple years ago. He’s Jason Huber, a law professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he heads the school’s Civil Rights Clinic.

Julie Rose

Since its founding in 2005, Charlotte School of Law has become a big presence in the city.  Nearly 1,500 students go there, making it the largest law school in the state, by far. And as of this fall, they're swarming around Uptown taking 10 floors of a high rise.

What's lesser known is that Charlotte School of Law is the state's only private, for-profit law school.  And while its students pay about as much in tuition as those at highly-ranked Wake Forest, Charlotte graduates have a much tougher time finding jobs that pay enough to cover the debt.

Charlotte School Of Law Leaves Wilkinson Boulevard In The Lurch, As Redevelopment Stalls

Oct 22, 2012
David Puckett / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte School of Law’s building on Wilkinson Boulevard right outside the Interstate 277 loop stands as a lonely outpost of revitalization, the only building that’s materialized so far in a $250-million mixed-use project first announced a decade ago.