On August 28, 2013, the controlling directors of the Charleston School of Law made public what most concerned with the school’s future had suspected since July 25: the law school is for sale to the highest (and purportedly ONLY) bidder: the Infilaw System. But as a gesture of the thinnest consideration, the same directors indicated they would entertain competing offers made on or before October 1.
Representatives of CSOL and Infilaw met in private with staff of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) last week. And last Friday, Infilaw communicated to CHE staff its intention to make a formal request for licensure no later than October 1, 2013—the same deadline given to the South Carolina educational and legal communities to step in and make CSOL a better offer.
Further, we learned late yesterday that discussions of the Charleston School of Law had been added at the last minute to the agendas of both the full Commission and the subcommittee with jurisdiction over proprietary school licensing set to meet Thursday, September 5, 2013.
In light of these events, the Alumni Association submitted a letter to the CHE preliminarily but officially registering our opposition to the Infilaw sale. The letter is reproduced below: