Students Sue Charlotte School of Law After Federal Government Pulls Funding

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charlotte-school-of-law-lawsuitThis past week we reported on the Federal Government’s decision to stop allowing federal financial aid to be used by students at the Charlotte School of Law (CSL), due to the fact that the school continued to misrepresent the extent of its problems, including the state’s lowest passing rate on the most recent bar examination.

Two students at the school have now filed a class action federal lawsuit, claiming that CSL leaders knowingly hid ongoing issues without any consideration of the student’s future.

The lawsuit specifically alleges that they school’s Dean Jay Conison, President Chidi Ogene, and owner Infilaw Inc. willfully ignored an order from the accrediting American Bar Association to inform students of significant failings in its admissions policies and curriculum, originally issued in July of this year.  In the suit, the students state that they wouldn’t have paid thousands of dollars in fall tuition had the school disclosed its problems as it was ordered to in July.

Last year, students received almost $50 million in federal aid, and now students are scrambling to figure out how they’re going to pay for their next semester. CSL is currently filing an appeal the government’s decision, hoping to reinstate the federal aid.

Tuition and fees at the Charlotte School of Law currently totals about $60,000 a year.

The class action lawsuit (which includes every student who paid tuition after Aug. 1st) accuses the school and its owners of deceptive and unfair trade practices, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

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