In the class that Florida Coastal admitted in 2013, more than half the students were unlikely to ever pass the bar.
— Professor Paul Campos of Colorado Law, in a feature essay published by The Atlantic about the dangers of attending for-profit law schools like those owned by InfiLaw — namely Florida Coastal School of Law, Arizona Summit Law School, and Charlotte School of Law.
(Remember when a dean candidate was thrown out of Florida Coastal because he suggested the school was doing a disservice to its students? We’ve got his name. If you’re interested, keep reading to find out who he is.)
In the essay, Professor Campos reveals the prospective dean candidate to be David Frakt, the defense attorney known for his appointment to defend Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad.
During his presentation, Frakt took issue with the fact that Florida Coastal continued to admit students with very low LSAT scores (more than half the class), while about 20 percent of the class, on average, transferred to other law schools. Considering the data, Frakt was worried about the school’s well-being:
By admitting so many students who, upon graduation, seemed unlikely ever to pass the bar, Frakt pointed out, Florida Coastal was running a serious risk of being put on probation and eventually de-accredited, which would put the school in a financial death spiral. (A loss of accreditation would make it impossible for students to receive federal loans and, crucially, would prevent students from taking the bar exam in many states.)
At that point, Dennis Stone, the school’s president, decided to show Frakt the door. InfiLaw now claims that the would-be dean’s presentation was “based upon clearly erroneous information about the school’s accreditation status and key data points” and that “rather than put up with further insults to the faculty and school from a candidate who had no chance to obtain the position,” he was asked to leave.
That’s pretty Frakt up, Florida Coastal.
The Law-School Scam [The Atlantic]