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Charleston School of Law lays off seven more faculty members, plans to enroll fall class

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The Charleston School of Law has announced it will enroll a fall class, but it will have to lay off seven more faculty members to remain viable.

The move comes after four other faculty members and 24 staffers left the school as a result of buyouts or layoffs, the Post and Courier reports, citing information in a press release. The school is also negotiating with landlords to consolidate facilities.

Earlier this month, the school had announced it may not admit students this fall.

Student Bar Association president Matt Kelly told the newspaper he’s glad to hear the school is enrolling students this fall. But the loss of seven additional faculty members is unacceptable, he said. He also said it’s unacceptable that the school’s board “continues to perpetuate this false narrative about the school’s financial status.”

The owners of Charleston School of Law received more than $25 million from its operation between 2010 and 2013. Now it is facing declining enrollment and citing money woes.

The owners had proposed a sale to InfiLaw, raising objections that the new owner would lower standards. InfiLaw says it no longer plans to buy the school.

Second paragraph updated to remove word at 7:30 a.m.

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