October 16, 2013

USC chairman: No interest in Charleston law school

The University of South Carolina has no interest in buying the private Charleston School of Law, the Columbia college’s trustees chairman said Wednesday.

The Charleston School of Law’s expected new owners, Florida-based InfiLaw System, have welcomed sales pitches from USC and College of Charleston, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported.

College of Charleston said it would meet with InfiLaw officials about the future of the law school.

USC has the state’s only other law school. USC trustees chairman Gene Warr said his alma mater is taking a pass on the Charleston school, though he has not heard of any contact between the colleges.

Warr, a Florence attorney, said he did not know what how USC would react if College of Charleston tries to buy the school, which would require approval from the S.C. Commission on Higher Education.

But Warr does not think the state needs two law schools.

“I don’t think there’s a need for that many lawyers to be produced,” he said.

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