In an interview with a local television station, Interim Dean Scott Broyles, who recently replaced Jay Conison, made a truthful, and potentially damaging, admission. According to the story,
Broyles said problems started for CSL when the market dropped and instead of creating smaller classes, the school lowered its standards and accepted unqualified students.
While this candor is refreshing, Dean Broyles' new approach is likely too late to save Charlotte School of Law, which has lost over two thirds of its students in the past year, with many of those remaining slated to graduate this spring. Of the small number of 1ls and 2ls remaining, the school will likely lose many more to transfer and academic attrition over the summer. The school has submitted a "reliable plan" to get back into compliance with ABA Standards, including increasing admission standards, but admissions are currently on hold while the plan is being evaluated by the ABA. Without access to federal student loans, there is no way that the school will be able to enroll new students anyway. With so little tuition revenue coming in, it is hard to see a viable path forward for the school, and another round of faculty layoffs over the summer seems imminent.