Earlier this week, Florida released the February 2017 bar exam results for first-time takers from Florida ABA-Accredited Law Schools. Florida Coastal was the lowest by a considerable margin. Twelve of forty-eight first-time takers passed, for a 25% rate. Florida Coastal thus joins both its sister schools with the dubious distinction of having a 25% pass rate on its home state bar exam. Charlotte Law grads also had a 25% pass rate (18 of 72) on the February bar, just edging Arizona Summit’s historically bad performance on the July 2016 bar in Arizona, where 18 of 73 first-time takers passed for a 24.6% rate. (Arizona's February bar results will be released May 12.)
Florida Coastal remains the sole InfiLaw school which has not been placed on probation by the ABA, and according to an e-mail I received on March 27 from Dean Scott DeVito, “Florida Coastal has not received any information from the ABA that would indicate that the ABA is considering placing Florida Coastal on probation. Nor has the ABA provided Florida Coastal with any indication that it is thinking of beginning proceedings whose outcome could be probation.”
Of course, that e-mail was sent before these results came out, so perhaps Dean DeVito spoke too soon. But assuming Dean DeVito’s answer to still be accurate, my question is: why isn’t the ABA considering placing Florida Coastal on probation?