CSOL: Still Kicking

CHARLESTON LAW SCHOOL TO ACCEPT INCOMING CLASS || By FITSNEWS || Big news out of the South Carolina Lowcountry this week as the Charleston School of Law (CSOL) announced its intention to enroll a new class of students for the upcoming academic year.   The announcement directly contradicts previous reports out…


|| By FITSNEWS || Big news out of the South Carolina Lowcountry this week as the Charleston School of Law (CSOL) announced its intention to enroll a new class of students for the upcoming academic year.   The announcement directly contradicts previous reports out of Charleston, S.C. that the school was closing – most notably reports emanating from The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier.

According to a statement from the school’s spokesman – Andy Brack – CSOL is in a position to welcome a new class thanks to cost-cutting, consolidation, reductions in force and other measures aimed at “right-sizing” the institution.

“The Charleston School of Law will enroll a first-year class for the 2015-2016 academic year to continue its highly-regarded program of legal education and remain a part of Charleston’s higher education picture,” Brack said in a statement. “This announcement is possible as the result of a continued and additional cost-cutting initiative and the dedicated support of members of the Charleston school community. The school’s landlords are cooperating with the school in efforts to consolidate facilities. Also the school’s year-long effort to reduce the size of the faculty and staff to a level consistent with the reduced enrollment will continue and begin to have a budgetary impact in September.”

According to the statement, twenty-four staffers and four faculty members have left the school over the previous year “through buyouts, voluntary separation packages and attrition.”  Still, the school announced it was cutting seven additional faculty positions in an effort to help achieve the necessary savings.

“It’s been hard to lose these members of our staff and faculty, but it’s been a necessary business move to ensure that the size of the school is appropriate for the number of students we have,” Brack said. “Our existing staff will be able to meet students’ needs as a number of functions have been consolidated.”

Makes sense, right?

Indeed.  It’s the marketplace at work, people.  Inflows and outflows.  Budgets must be balanced.  Deficits are not permitted.  And as Brack’s release noted, the moves are similar to those taking place at “law schools around the country … due to reduced enrollment.”

Now … imagine for a moment that government-run schools in the Palmetto State were compelled to operate under such market-based pressures.

Oh right … never mind.

The good news?  Beyond the fact that CSOL is staying open (for now), the school’s announcement should blunt momentum for a proposed state takeover – one of the reported reasons the state’s Commission on Higher Education (CHE) has yet to authorize the school’s proposed sale to InfiLaw.

As we’ve said from the beginning of this debate, state government has no business blocking this sale – whatever the reason.

CSOL’s situation remains dire, obviously, but this is some long-awaited good news for an institution that’s been in limbo for many months.  It’s also good news for the Charleston economy.


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Bible Thumper May 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

They don’t understand South Carolina. What CSOL needs is a football team.

shifty henry May 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm

What would its mascot be?

Bible Thumper May 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm

The briefs, Bar Flies, Ambulance chasers…..

shifty henry May 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

I have a cousin who is a brilliant attorney even though he never graduated from law school. He settled out of class. He says that most attorneys practice because
it gives them a grand and glorious feeling. Hand them a grand and they feel glorious. His law office was held up recently – the stickup man lost five hundred dollars.

Bible Thumper May 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm

One graduate was asked in an interview if he had passed the Bar responded,”Only if it’s closed.”

shifty henry May 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm

A lawyer’s wife was unhappy with the condition of their
home. The furniture was old and dirty, the drapes torn, and the carpet half eaten away. In fact, she demanded a complete renovation. The lawyer said, “Look, dear. I just got a new divorce case today. As soon as I break up their home, we’ll start fixing up ours!”

shifty henry May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

(from my archives: Irish/policemen/New York City –
A boy was working on his homework assignment from music class. He asks his father, “Dad, how many beats are there to a bar?” Mom says, “He doesn’t know, but if you ask him how many bars there are to a beat he knows that!”

Victorious Secret May 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm

“The players could put on their résumés that they sat on the bench.”

I see what you did there. Well done. Indeed, well done.

shifty henry May 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm

good one

FastEddy23 May 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

Just like a real law school?

FastEddy23 May 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Or a competitor for The Swedish Bikini Team!

Bill Brasky May 22, 2015 at 3:50 pm

“…highly-regarded program of legal education…?” Is this a joke? Please tell me this is a joke.

shifty henry May 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

— and CSOL will have such fine graduates as this fellow
An investment counselor decided to go out on her own. She was shrewd and diligent, so business kept coming in, and pretty soon she realized that she needed an in-house counsel. She began to interview young lawyers.

“As I’m sure you can understand,” she started off with one of the first applicants, “in a business like this, our personal integrity must be
beyond question.” She leaned forward. “Mr. Peterson, are you an
honest lawyer?”

“Honest?” replied the job prospect. “Let me tell you something about honest. Why, I’m so honest that my father lent me $65,000 for my education, and
I paid back every penny the minute I tried my very first case.”

“Impressive. And what sort of case was that?”

The lawyer squirmed in his seat and admitted, “My father sued me for the

ElizabethTMarler May 24, 2015 at 4:20 am

??? $73.. per-hr @mi2//



FastEddy23 May 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Some oxen are just to sacred to gore.

Steve May 22, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Ummm, if you are stupid enough to go to that fucking school, you get whatever you end up with in the end (no diploma, shitty diploma, can’t pass the Bar exam, whatever…)

Squishy123 May 24, 2015 at 9:32 am

The same goes for all law schools in this state.

Childhood Friend of the Family May 23, 2015 at 8:49 am

If more of the truth besides just his extremely padded resume were known about George Kosko that sham of a school would have been closed long ago for lack of students.

Guest May 23, 2015 at 11:53 am

What about the fact that almost all of the school’s revenue comes from federal student loans, most of which are unlikely to be paid back because the student’s can’t get legal jobs? You are seriously losing credibility because of this crusade, man.

Squishy123 May 24, 2015 at 9:31 am

Not paying federal student loans? In what world do you live? You don’t pay them back they’ll garnish tax refunds, wages, etc… If you don’t voluntarily pay them back the lenders will just deduct it from whatever source they can.

If the students are too stupid to only be admitted to a school like this, then it’s unlikely they will ever make a living as a lawyer anyway.

Tough all over May 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Even students from GOOD law schools are having trouble getting legal jobs.

Squishy123 May 24, 2015 at 9:23 am

If they close, where will the students who can’t get into USCe’s Tier III law school go?


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