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Florida Coastal Law School Strikes Out in Court

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By William Vogeler, Esq. on June 29, 2018 7:00 AM

In baseball, a triple play is either a good thing or a bad thing.

It's a good thing for the team on the field. It's bad for the team at bat.

Not that baseball is the same as the law game, but it's not looking so good for three law schools operated by InfiLaw. One just swung and missed in a lawsuit against the American Bar Association.

Law Game

InfiLaw owns Arizona Summit Law School, Charlotte School of Law, and Florida Coastal School of Law. The for-profit schools sued the bar association after being cited for violating ABA standards.

Charlotte closed last year after the ABA suspended its accreditation; the ABA revoked Arizona Summit's accreditation this month; and now Florida Coastal is struggling to survive ABA scrutiny.

The law school claims it is complying with general ABA standards, but is still working on others. Until those issues are resolved, the ABA has ordered the school to notify each student of its passage rates, student rankings, and attrition rates.

Trying to head off a fate like its sister schools, Florida Coastal asked a court to restrain the ABA. The judge denied the request.

End Game

The game is almost over for InfiLaw, which opened its first law school in 2004. It started out with a promise -- open the doors to students who could not get into other law schools.

There was a price, however, and many InfiLaw students could not afford it. In an expose by the Atlantic, the schools were cited as examples of the "law school scam."

Florida Coastal is the first to strike out in court, and Charlotte is already out of the game. That's at least two outs already.

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