Judges know that some trials require a lot of court time to be resolved fairly and accurately.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education is wise to take the extra time it needs to judge who should be training lawyers in Charleston.

The licensing committee of the CHE on Thursday deferred its vote on whether to license InfiLaw to operate the Charleston School of Law. It has scheduled a special meeting May 19 to vote and requested two public hearings be scheduled before the full commission votes at a June 5 meeting.

InfiLaw, which owns several for-profit law schools and agreed to purchase and operate CSOL, needs to be licensed by the CHE and approved by the American Bar Association. The CHE staff has recommended approval of the license.

But a significant number of students, alumni, some professors, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and representatives of the general legal community have protested the change. They contend that InfiLaw standards aren't as high as CSOL's, and they fear the purchase would diminish the value of a CSOL degree.

InfiLaw leaders are confident they will be able to run the school to the benefit of students and Charleston.

Opponents say some of the information InfiLaw provides about itself is questionable.

For example, InfiLaw says it excels at attracting minority students. But others say the school's graduation rates for minorities are disappointing.

A special committee meeting and public hearings could help clear up discrepancies so that the CHE can make the right call.

Charleston has benefited from having a solid law school here, with a mission of service.

The Commission on Higher Education should ensure that the school continues to be operated as a respected academic institution.