So yesterday I sort of lost my shit on Charlotte School of Law. I may or may not have implied its administrators were vultures who had no business billing themselves as attorneys or educators. It’s possible I implied they purposefully sought out and preyed upon those with big dreams but little academic ability and touted the fact they were doing so as being “diverse.” I may have, possibly, criticized Infinilaw and it’s corporate for-profit law school scam as being akin to DeVry University and various other late-night TV shills.
I stand by every fucking word of that, and now I have more to say, because let’s be frank: the state of legal education in this country is a goddamn shame. It sucks for the students, but it’s a damn good thing that this shit is coming home to roost in a way that lays low the “printing money” mindset of running a law school.
I say sincerely and with great conviction that I’m looking forward to more law schools getting shut down. Cooley, we’re all looking at you.
Let’s talk about Charlotte School of Law. Again. This is the third time we’ve had to have this conversation now, after discussing their probation and the subsequent yanking of funding from the Federal Student Loan program.
Charlotte School of Law just won’t give up, planning now to transfer students to a “sister school” in Florida with private loans to allow them to finish their law school education and go on to fail the bar exam.
Officials sent an email Friday saying they’re working to help students transfer to Florida Coastal Law. It’s owned by Infilaw, the same company that owns Charlotte School of Law.
Well, that’s just peachy. You know, aside from the fact that it’s a fucking 5 hour drive from Charlotte, NC to Jacksonville, FL, and the fact that the majority of Charlotte School of Law students are from Charlotte, and the fact that they are sending students to another fucking school owned by Infinilaw. A school which, according to this article, has the second highest academic dropout rate among law schools.
Every day I come in the office and fix my cup of coffee. Then I look through the regional papers. It’s no secret by now that I’m an attorney somewhere in the counties which surround Philadelphia (Ha! I narrowed it down to a corner of a large state), so part of my morning reading normally includes the Reading Eagle, the premier paper of Reading, Pennsylvania.
Today I caught an article in it about a drunk shooting at clowns.
So yesterday I posted on Professor Buck Ryan and how he possibly, maybe, somehow could argue a right to due process exists. Not too long after publishing it I got an email with links to the response from the University of Kentucky asking if it changes my thoughts at all.
The short version: Not really.
The long version: Not really, because the University’s response only states there are additional allegations outside of the song, doesn’t elaborate on the nature of the complaints or the details of the investigation, and fails to identify the case it says supports its position.
The longer version: Not really because of all of the above, because the case the University references is a non-binding district court decision currently on appeal, and because I think, after having read the case the University referred to, that this is an arguably distinct situation which is covered by a specific University rule (which was recognized by the judge in that case) that may very well create a statutory entitlement to due process for Professor Ryan.