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Bar passage or your money back: Law school offers partial refunds to some students

There could be an upside to failure for some students at Florida Coastal School of Law.

Starting this fall, the school will give partial tuition refunds to qualified incoming students who flunk out after one year or who fail the bar after two tries, the Florida Times-Union reports. The refund: $10,000 of the annual $40,000 tuition. And students who fail to obtain internships during three years of law school will be paid $2,000.

To qualify for the refunds, students must meet several requirements. They include: attending all writing workshops the first semester, completing a grammar program, attending 95 percent of bar coaching sessions, completing a practice bar exam, and passing a “law school foundations” class.

Recent statistics suggest the school may take a hit, the story says. In the 2011-12 school year, 84 law students flunked out after one year and 37 didn’t pass the bar on their second try.

Law dean C. Peter Goplerud told the newspaper he hopes the school won’t have to pay any money. “If they do all the things they’re supposed to, we’re not going to be doing anything except saluting successful graduates,” he said.

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