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Remember the Charleston School of Law (CSOL)? Our founding editor Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie) made this institution of higher learning his bitch four years ago when he exposed a shady decision by the S.C. Supreme Court to toss out a section of the state’s bar exam results – thus artificially inflating its passage rate.

In fact the great “Bar Exam Scam of 2007” was one of the stories that put this website on theĀ  map.

Anyway, having bestowed upon the school the asterisk of shame, we’ve since moved onto bigger fish … although from time to time we do like to check in on our old friends.

Apparently things are as crazy as ever at CSOL … in fact, the campus is currently up in arms after one of its top professors, Nathan Crystal, was allegedly forced from his position in an effort to save money.

Crystal – a former University of South Carolina professor – is one of the nation’s leading professional responsibility instructors, something that’s sorely needed in a corrupt state like ours. In fact his 2008 book, Professional Responsibility: Problems of Practice and the Profession, is used at more than 30 law schools around the country.

His alleged ouster has students at the school up in arms.

CSOL Dean Andy Abrams disputes the contention that Crystal was forced out.

“He’s still a faculty member and he’s always got a place at the law school,” Abrams told FITS., adding that Crystal is “an academic stud.”

Abrams did confirm, however, that Crystal would not be teaching classes during the coming fall and spring semesters.

Why not?

According to Abrams, Crystal’s decision not to teach stems from his wife’s decision to open a specialized law practice in New York.

Sources close to Crystal dispute that contention, however, saying that the move was “the school’s decision” and that “Nathan did not want to leave.”

Crystal – who will still teach “Maymester” classes at the school – did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

FITS has been doing some digging on other issues at CSOL, so expect future reports in the coming weeks …

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