CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte School of Law has been placed on probation by the American Bar Association following a hearing regarding the school’s compliance with ABA standards.

According to documents released Thursday, the ABA’s council conducted a hearing last month pursuant to Rules of Procedure 2, 15-17, and 23-25 with respect to the compliance of the Charlotte School of Law with ABA Standards 301(a), 501(a), and 501(b).

The ABA says the hearing was based on an appeal by the school from the ABA’s June 2016 decision that claimed the school did not demonstrate compliance with those standards, requiring the school to make specific remedial actions.

The Charlotte School of Law was placed on probation effective November 14, 2016, and has been directed to take the following steps:

  1. The school shall develop a written reliable plan for bringing the school into ABA standards 301(a), 501(a), and 501(b). The Law School shall submit that plan to the Managing Director by December 15, 2016.
  2. The school shall, by December 15, 2016, supply to the ABA committee its admissions data and admissions methodology, which includes the school's admission practices and policies.
  3. Within five business days of the decision letter reporting the council's October 2016 decision to the school, the school shall provide to all admitted students notice that it has been placed on probation and the action that it's required to take. The school must also publish prominently on its website that it has been placed on probation.
  4. Until the Law School is determined by the Accreditation Committee or the Council to be operating in compliance with Standards 301(a), 501(a), and 501(b), each semester, within 30 days of the completion of the assignment and distribution of semester grades for the Law School’s students, the Law School shall advise each Law School student, in writing, of the following, in the same communication: (a) the North and South Carolina first-time bar examination passage rates, by class quartiles, for Law School graduates sitting for the North and South Carolina bar examinations over the six administrations preceding the semester for which results are known; and (b) the class quartile into which the student then falls. The Law School shall provide evidence to the Managing Director’s office, within five days of its distribution to students, that the required information has been appropriately and timely communicated.

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