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Charleston School of Law releases statement on school's status

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Officials with the Charleston School of Law have released a statement Friday afternoon regarding the school's status.

Andry Brack, a spokesman for the school, emailed the following statement: 

"Judge Carr and Judge Kosko agree that the law school is a valuable part of the Charleston educational community. They are working diligently to see it preserved and improved by someone or some entity, either profit or nonprofit, that actually has the experience to run a law school and is capable of obtaining a license from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and accreditation by the American Bar Association. So far, no one has come forward except InfiLaw.

"More information on the future of the school will be available next week."

Last week the school had announced that they would be making a formal announcement this week on whether the school would be accepting first-year class students in the fall. 

In a statement released on May 6, officials stated that "we cannot in good faith enroll another class." 

The school gave a list of reasons that included the school spending more money than what is coming in, and the school not being able to ensure students will be able to use federal loans for their full three years. 

“We are heartbroken with this situation," read a statement by the school."It was a dream for the two of us to build an ABA-accredited law school. It was a dream to see it operate for over 12 years and educate more than 1,500 lawyers. This has been a wonderful ride, and we have always done what we thought was in the best interest of the school and the students. While there are those who disagree with our decisions, no one has given us more than empty promises and false hopes.”

The school's full release is below: 

Law school considering options for new class of students

Announcement to be made next week

MAY 6, 2015 -- The Charleston School of Law expects to make a formal announcement next week about whether it will accept a first-year class of students in the fall, the school announced today.

“We cannot in good faith enroll another class:

  •  “When, like last year, the school is spending more money than is coming in;
  •  “When we cannot assure the students that they will be able to use federal student loans for their full three years; and
  • “When we cannot be sure the school will be able to maintain its license and stay open,” the school's Robert Carr and George Kosko told faculty and staff today.

“We are heartbroken with this situation. It was a dream for the two of us to build an ABA-accredited law school. It was a dream to see it operate for over 12 years and educate more than 1,500 lawyers. This has been a wonderful ride, and we have always done what we thought was in the best interest of the school and the students. While there are those who disagree with our decisions, no one has given us more than empty promises and false hopes.”

No other comments on the situation are expected until next week's update.

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