In the aftermath of Charleston School of Law entering a management agreement with InfiLaw, news is bubbling out of South Carolina suggesting that two public universities - the College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina University - are thinking of making a bid to take over the law school. It's hard to know if there's anything real here or just the immediate backlash to the news about InfiLaw. (Query why the InfiLaw agreement was so shocking; Charleston is, after all, a for-profit law school already.) After all - who knows if the owners even want to sell their school?
A merger with either of these schools would be a circuitous road to a second public law school in South Carolina - but this isn't the first time we've seen circuitous routes to the creation of a new public law school.