Decision postponed on new ownership of Charleston School of Law

Decision postponed on new ownership of Charleston School of Law
A decision expected today regarding Charleston School of Law's sale to InfiLaw System has been postponed.

The Commission on Higher Education was expected to decide whether to grant InfiLaw a license to operate the Charleston School of Law.

A statement released by the commission stated members voted unanimously to defer consideration of the application of InfiLaw Corporation for initial release to operate the Charleston School of Law.

"Members voted to defer consideration until May 19, when the Committee will hold a special meeting to vote on the license application," read a statement by the commission, released Thursday afternoon."The Committee would then bring its recommendation forward for consideration by the full Commission at its next regularly scheduled meeting on June 5."

The recommendation was made Wednesday and the academic affairs and licensing committee took up the issue Thursday morning.

Last July, Charleston Law School owners announced they entered into a management agreement with the private, for profit company-- InfiLaw company.

Right now, InfiLaw owns three law schools: Florida Coast School of Law, Charlotte School of Law, and Arizona Summit School of law. 

Many people oppose the potential new ownership and say taking on a forth law school could diminish the value of a law degree. They even said the new ownership could make the school a "diploma mill."

"InfiLaw represents the bottom of the pack and they always have," said Charleston School of Law alumnus Michael Whitsitt. "So, transferring over to InfiLaw School that are the bottom of the ABA list, I think it's an embarrassment to our city and to the strong academic community we already have here."

"I haven't met a single person who is in favor this," said Charleston School of Law 2012 graduate Liz Fulton. " We want to stay local. We want to be able to do what we want. And, I think that if you would just understand that Charleston Law is about the community it's located in and we want to provide the best legal services to the people of Charleston."

Representatives with InfiLaw system say Charleston School of Law say that's simply not true and the change would be a positive thing for the school and city of Charleston.

"InfiLaw never has been a diploma mill," said President of InfiLaw management solutions Peter Goplerud. "it's impossible to be a diploma mill and be an accredited Law School. ABA standards require a certain level of pass rates on state bar exams."

If everything went through today, the next step in the process would have been the approval from the American Bar Association.

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