4 Things You Can Do to Help Your Circumstances

Although class actions have been filed in federal court, this type of claim may not fit your unique situation, and may not be the best way to try to recover all appropriate damages. That is why we are accepting Charlotte School of Law cases to pursue them individually.

There are three-year statutes of limitations to file most claims, and they are running out on you. Contact us or call 1-866-900-7078 if you are a:

  • Charlotte School of Law student (including paralegal students)
  • Charlotte School of Law professor

Charlotte School of Law closed its doors in August 2017, leaving hundreds of its students in limbo about their educational options. Those carrying federal student loans are left wondering about any possible loan forgiveness.

If you are waiting on (and relying on) the federal government to forgive your CSL student loan, you could be waiting a long time.

Our firm is forging ahead and doubling down our efforts to secure maximum recovery for our CSL clients. We are now investigating on behalf of nearly 200 former students and are signing up more claimants every week as students begin to realize that their only recourse may be through litigation.

We are waiving all costs to you if we don’t recover compensation for you against Charlotte School of Law.

4 Things You Can Do to Help Your Circumstances

We are a law firm first and foremost. But we are also human beings, and we understand that some people who have been thrust into precarious circumstances as a result of another’s negligence aren’t sure what to do.

We are here to try to help you. Here are four things you might consider doing while you decide what the next best step is for your circumstances.

1. Ask the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to forgive your federal student loans. Even though the rhetoric coming out of the DOE does not seem to bode well for student loan forgiveness, it doesn’t hurt to try.

Whether you are a current or former law or paralegal student, click here for information on how you may be able to have your Charlotte School of Law federal student loan forgiven. There are many eligibility requirements outlined on this site, including “False Certification of Student Eligibility or Unauthorized Payment Discharge.”

Write the Department of Education (DOE) a letter to show your hardship and make sure you reference the DOE letter to Charlotte School of Law dated December 19, 2016. The 14-page DOE letter says it all. It details CSL’s substantial and persistent ABA non-compliance and substantial misrepresentations as reasons the DOE pulled funding, leaving you potentially at a loss.

Explain in detail the hardships you’ve suffered as a result. We have talked to some students who were accepted to up to three other law schools before CSL offered them a scholarship. Some of these students packed up their homes and families and moved from their state to Charlotte to attend CSL, only later to have their scholarship money subsequently denied for reasons the students said they were not made aware of.

Has the reputation of the school caused you the potential inability to find a job, so that you cannot re-pay your student loans?

Are you now scrambling to try to find funding and other resources so you can continue law school?

Will you be accepted into another law school at this point?

2. Gather all materials related to your decision to attend CSL

Gather brochures, videos, acceptance letters – anything the school sent you or suggested you link to that describes Charlotte and the surrounding area or North Carolina. Include any promotional materials that you believe enticed you to attend Charlotte School of Law, particularly marketing materials that compare their rankings against other law schools.

Some current and former students we’ve talked with, for example, confided to us they’d received materials after taking the LSATs, promising out of state tuition and academic and other scholarships. Once at the school, some of these students had their scholarship funding taken away.

Are you a CSL professor whose reputation has been tarnished by the extremely negative press concerning the school and allegations against it? Do you want to try to find a teaching position at another school, but now have the stigma associated as faculty or staff who worked for CSL?

3. Prepare a chronology of events beginning with your decision to attend law school

Some important dates to consider:

  • When did you sign up for the LSAT?
  • When did you take the LSAT?
  • When did you find out your results?
  • When were you first contacted by CSL? Or when did you first contact them? Why did you contact them?
  • When did you apply to CSL?
  • When did you receive a response from CSL?
  • When did you apply for financial aid?
  • When did you receive financial aid?
  • Did you graduate from CSL?
  • When did you take the bar exam? How many times did you take it?
  • When did you find out you passed or didn’t pass the bar exam?
  • Did you obtain a job in your field?

4. Investigate law firms with the ability and resources to best represent you

Sometimes, no matter how diligent you try to be to take matters into your own hands, your situation may be bigger than what you, alone, may be able to handle. If you do decide you require legal help, make sure you know the reputation of who you are asking to stand with you and fight for you. In the end, you’ll want to feel confident you chose an experienced firm best suited to your unique needs. Here are some starter questions you may want to consider asking potential firms and attorneys.

  • How many attorneys work in your firm?
  • How many employees, such as paralegals and others support the lawyers? Do you have resources you can draw from outside the firm, such as experts on education and others?
  • What is the trial experience of the attorneys on the case? How many trials have they brought before a jury?
  • Do you have the ability and resources to take on individual CSL cases outside the class action? What are they?
  • How much experience do the attorneys on the CSL case have choosing a jury?