Contact: Victoria Taylor, Director, Community Engagement and Public Relations
January 13, 2017
Dear Charlotte School of Law Students,
We fully appreciate your concern regarding the future of Charlotte School of Law and your legal education. Many of you have asked for more detailed information than we have been able to provide so far. As law students, however, you understand better than most that negotiating complicated matters needs to take place in private, and not in the public domain. While there are still issues to be resolved, the following is what we can state as we head into the spring semester.
As previously announced, the School of Law will open for classes on January 23rd. We are working with the ABA and our North Carolina state authorizing agency on the implementation of a plan that will enable currently enrolled students to complete their program of study and receive a J.D. from the Charlotte School of Law. The plan will involve collaboration with another ABA-accredited law school to participate in the teach-out.
While we have not yet reached an agreement with the Department of Education respecting the precise conditions for the release of the second disbursement of Direct Loan proceeds to those students entitled to such funding, we and the Department agree that there is a path forward to reach such agreement. Regardless of when agreement for the release of Direct Loan proceeds is reached, CSL students entitled to such funds will have the anticipated amounts credited to their tuition and fee accounts.
We are working diligently to put in place alternative financing for those students who are not entitled to second disbursements of Direct Loan proceeds. We will have more details on student support over the next several days.
This has not been an easy time for any of the members of the Charlotte School of Law community, whether students, faculty, staff or administration. The uncertainty of the past few weeks has been unsettling to all of us. But we share the common goal of enabling you to achieve your goal of receiving your law degree.
Finally, we will schedule a student town hall when we have more details to share. In the meantime, we hope this update is helpful.
President Chidi Ogene and Dean Jay Conison