Thursday, September 10, 2015

Toxic Dump Charleston School of Law Loses Yet Another President

Another President Leaves This Dung Heap: On August 31, 2015, the Charleston Regional Business Journal published an Ashley Heffernan piece labeled “Charleston School of Law president resigns.” Make sure to review this opening:

“Joseph Harbaugh’s tenure as president of Charleston School of Law is expected to end after less than four months on the job.

The interim president submitted his letter of resignation to the school’s owners, Robert Carr and George Kosko, on Thursday, citing “personal circumstances.” Harbaugh’s contract was supposed to end Dec. 15. 

“You have asked me to continue in the position until Oct. 1, 2015. I will do everything possible to comply with your request and will make myself available thereafter as an occasional consultant,” Harbaugh said in the letter. 

He went on to call the school a “critical component in the development of the legal profession in South Carolina and beyond.”

“I wish you, the students, alumni, faculty and staff of the law school continued success in the mission of contributing to a fair and vibrant justice process,” Harbaugh said in the letter. School spokesman Andy Brack said in a statement that the school is “moving forward in recruiting new, positive leadership.” 

Harbaugh, the former dean of the University of Richmond School of Law and Nova Southeastern Law Center, was named president of Charleston School of Law on June 5. 

In an interview with the Business Journal in July, Harbaugh said one of his main goals as president would be to find a new owner for the financially strapped school. 

“I would like to have this school transferred to new owners,” he said in July. “It doesn’t matter to me whether they’re not-for-profit or for-profit. The situation here is so — dare I use this word? ... The situation here is so toxic.” [Emphasis mine]

How impressive, huh?!?! This must be one hell of a law school! Actually, Charle$TTTTon Sewer of Law is still rated as a fourth tier pile of garbage, by US “News” & World Report. Well, surely the school is affordable. Not quite. According to the commode’s website, full-time annual tuition will be $39,996, for the 2015-2016 school year.

Other Coverage: Noelle Price posted a JD Journal entry labeled “Charleston Law Loses Another President” – on September 2, 2015. Check out the segment below:

“According to the National Law Journal, the trouble continues for the Charleston School of Law.

The interim president of the school, Joseph Harbaugh, has stepped down after less than three months with the school, citing unrest with the for-profit school’s ownership situation. 

On August 27, Harbaugh said he was resigning, but added that he would try to continue working until October 1. After that point, he said he would be available as an “occasional consultant.” Harbaugh’s contract was to last until December. 

Maryann Jones, the previous president of the school, held the title for just eight days before resigning in November. She said that fighting among the owners of the school pushed her to leave the school. Before Jones came on board, Andy Abrams, the dean of the law school, served as president. 

In his resignation letter, Harbaugh wrote, “My personal circumstances will not allow me to fulfill the obligations of the office through December 15, 2015.” [Emphasis mine]

Well, at least Harbaugh lasted more than eight days at the helm of this festering cesspool. That is a tremendous accomplishment. By the way, the fact that the toilet had him on such a short contract speaks volumes about the school’s situation.

Prior TTTT Droppings: On August 14, 2015, the Post and Courier featured a Diane Knich article entitled “Charleston School of Law Leaders Withhold Tenure.” Look at the following portion:

“Charleston School of Law owners announced Friday that they wouldn’t be offering tenure to non-tenured faculty members because the school is in a financial crisis.

In a memo to eight non-tenured faculty members, school owners said there are three candidates who already have met the standards for tenure, but they will not get it because of the school’s financial problems. 

“We simply are not able to engage in that consideration at this time because of the financial exigency,” they stated in the memo. School of Law spokesman Andy Brack said, “The memo speaks for itself.”

Now scroll down to the concluding paragraph, in order to see the cause of the crisis: 

“Law school owners and representatives from The InfiLaw System, a company trying to buy the school, have said one of the reasons the school is in a financial crisis is because the owners took $25 million in profit out of the school between 2010 and 2013.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, these cockroaches are looking out for their students’ best interests, right?!?!

Conclusion: If you are even considering applying to such a filth pit, then you do not have the mental capacity to order for yourself – or anyone else – at the drive thru window at Wendy’s. Even if you manage to pass a bar exam, do you think for one damn second that you – as a TTTT grad – will make enough money to reasonably pay back $120K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt?!?!


  1. Whoa .... I think rodeo riders hang on to bucking broncos longer than Presidents of CSOL hold on to their jobs ....

    Sometimes, I think life is just a rodeo.
    (And) the trick is ride
    To make to the bell.

    P.S. Why isn't the AAUP and or the ABA investigation the denial of tenure to qualified individuals?

  2. So,

    First: invest capital to start a law school.

    Second: Tap into the government backed student loan
    as a source of guaranteed revenue stream. And don't
    forget Revenue - Operating Cost = Profit /Loss.

    Third: Then upper management squeezes out the profit. As the law school slowly edges towards bankruptcy, try to sell it (to another buyer - hopefully a turn around expert).

    If this fails then close the doors - your covered by the US bankruptcy laws (as long as you have a plan to transfer out the law students to another school upon closing the doors).

    This happens everyday in business. A little surprised to see this in the education arena. I guess because they are private / for profit they can get away with it.

    Setting the tuition price at $39k annually knowing good and well operating cost come no where near this price point, on a per student basis. And the students really are the pawns.

    Immoral, but you have to admit.... very clever.

    Question: If the first two years of junior college become free (paid by the government), Can we expect this kind
    of business practice???

    Where are the check and balances????

  3. But here's the problem: why is the place still open? Why are students still enrolling? The information is out there; this post concisely states what a mess this school is-yet people are still attending. This is the perfect example of why the scam is so hard to eradicate. Between this place and Indiana Tech-really, it's almost hopeless. The Special Snowflakes still attend, taking on toxic levels of debt to be unemployed.

    1. I think the people that go to these places don't care about the debt, because they never had the ability or intention to really work anyway.

      So it's 3 years of not having to work and probably they're funneling that money to things they can use long term. Once the debt becomes due they just ignore it, go off the grid or just switch identities and live off cash anyway. They're completely judgment proof and don't even need to bother with IBR, they will just ignore the lender. Probably don't even have a phone and have given an incorrect address anyway.

      I've known people like this. Had friends that were landlords and rented to people like this. They love programs like Obamaphone because at least they can actually get in contact with these people that way, otherwise they're impossible to get in contact with. I knew one guy, I don't know if I believe him, who just didn't bother looking at his student loans for a year or two. He claimed they wanted money and he just refused, then they stuck him on deferral/IBR with zero payment.

  4. The owners of this school just up and took $25 million from the coffers and now the school's strapped for cash. Pigs aren't that greedy.

    1. This is one case where I hope a court rules that tenure is a contract. Then the professors can sue the school for breach of contract, drive it into bankruptcy when it doesn't pay the judgment, and then sue the owners for a fraudulent conveyance.

  5. Why are people still applying to this shithole?


    Back on May 10, 2015, the Post and Courier published a John N. Burbage piece entitled "No matter how you say it, law school is in serious trouble." Look at this stellar opening:

    "The Charleston School of Law’s Class of 2015 will graduate today, and their diplomas surely will be embossed with the institution’s lofty Latin motto: Pro bono populi, which means “for the good of the people.”

    Pro bono populi is a proper guiding principle for future lawyers.

    The idea is that graduates of the Charleston School of Law invest three years and approximately $180,000 in tuition and related expenses, learn some Latin legal terms, pass required courses while doing free work with local attorneys, and ultimately land good jobs.

    But no matter how intelligent it sounds, actions speak louder than words (facta non verba).

    Since the Charleston School of Law started 12 years ago, four of the five founders took in millions in profits and are vacating the premises.

    Their credo should be pro bono possessors (for the good of the owners), which is far less refined. Today’s commencement will be the school’s eighth since its founding by three well-known judges and two attorneys, all of them South Carolinians."

    Hell, a better motto for this trash pit would be pro bono porcos – i.e. “for the good of the pigs.” After all, the owners of this dump did not give their students, graduates or even faculty and staff a second thought, when they ran off with $25 million in cash.

    Again, this school has firmly settled in fourth tier wasteland. As such, their graduates face piss poor job prospects. How many federal court judges, Biglaw practitioners and academics has this cesspool produced in its existence?!

  7. "Kosko and Carr this week said the school would not fund today’s traditional post-commencement reception (an estimated $21,000), and would not enroll any more students after the Class of 2016."

    The owners won't fork out $21,000 - a pittance considering the millions they scored running the school. "For the good of the people" is actually an accurate motto when those people = the owners.

  8. I don't know why anyone would pay such ridiculous tuition to attend a TTTT.

    1. People pay Harvard's rates for Charleston only because they cannot get Harvard.

      It's still a foolish move, as you said. They shouldn't take Charleston at any price, even $0 (which is the going rate over at Indiana Tech). People who cannot get Harvard, or maybe Cornell (with a big discount) at the outside, should not go to law school at all.


    The Post and Courier featured a Diane Knich piece headlined "Former dean blasts Charleston School of Law owners over InfiLaw sale" - back on May 26, 2015. Read the following excerpt:

    "The founding dean of the Charleston School of Law has published a scathing blog post about two owners, George Kosko and Robert Carr, who are pushing to sell the school to the for-profit InfiLaw System.

    Kosko and Carr, both former federal magistrates, see the school as “a road to personal wealth,” Richard Gershon, now dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law, said on the Law Deans on Legal Education Blog, part of the Law Professor Blogs Network. Gershon, who served as dean of the Charleston school from 2003-10, also called Kosko and Carr “the embodiment of lucre and malice.”

    The for-profit Charleston law school has been in turmoil since its owners announced a possible sale to InfiLaw in July 2013. Three of the school’s five original owners remain. Kosko and Carr, who represent a majority, want to sell to InfiLaw, while the other owner, Ed Westbrook, wants to convert the school to a nonprofit.

    Westbrook already has formed a nonprofit corporation to run it.

    In an interview Wednesday, Gershon said he stays in contact with faculty members at the Charleston school. They have told him that Kosko and Carr have stated to faculty members that they would rather close the school than approve Westbrook’s plan.


    That is contradictory to the plans of the majority of the original five owners, Gershon said. They had always planned to transition the school to a nonprofit once it was firmly established.

    Kosko could not be reached for comment by phone or email and Carr could not be reached for comment by email Wednesday or Thursday."

    After all, the students are a mere mean$ to and end, i.e. access to large bags of federal student loan money. That is the driving force in "higher education."

  10. “We simply are not able to engage in that consideration at this time because of the financial exigency,” they stated in the memo. School of Law spokesman Andy Brack said,

    If this school is so broke, what does it need a "spokesman" for? Can't the dean (or associate dean) answer a question?


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