Charleston School of Law future still unclear

Charleston School of Law opened in 2004 with the goal of training lawyers committed to public service.

The future of the Charleston School of Law continues to be murky, and owners Friday said more information will not be available until next week.

Law school spokesman Andy Brack, in a prepared statement, said former federal magistrates George Kosko and Robert Carr, the school’s two remaining owners, “are working diligently to see it preserved and improved by someone or some entity, either profit or nonprofit, that actually has the experience to run a law school and is capable of obtaining a license from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and accreditation by the American Bar Association.”

Kosko and Carr opened the school in 2004 with three other South Carolina lawyers and judges: Ed Westbrook, Alex Sanders and Ralph McCullough. The group said the for-profit school’s mission was to train lawyers committed to public service.

Sanders and McCullough retired in July 2013, just before the remaining owners announced that a sale to the for-profit InfiLaw System was in the works.

The announcement created turmoil at the downtown school because many students, alumni, faculty and members of the state’s legal community were opposed to the sale.

The turmoil turned into a tailspin in recent months as Westbrook, who was pushing to covert the school to a nonprofit organization, stepped down from the board and announced he planned to sever ties with the school.

InfiLaw representatives said at the time that they had no plans in the works to reapply for a license to operate with the Commission on Higher Education. They also said the school was in a financial crisis and that they were considering their long-term options.

But Kosko and Carr have said there are no other options available besides a sale to InfiLaw to keep the school’s doors open.

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