The Florida company seeking a license to own and operate the private Charleston School of Law withdrew its request a day before a crucial vote before state regulators.
Infilaw said it was suspending its license application at the request of Senate Education Committee chairman John Courson, R-Richland.
Courson said the potential sale from school founders to the Infilaw requires more review time. "It needs to be vetted," he said.
Courson also said the commission needs to fill open board seats before discussing such an important issue. The commission board has two vacancies, according to its website.
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The staff of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education recommended approving Infilaw's license, but a commission panel denied the request last month citing concerns about the company's operation of three other private law schools, pending lawsuits and opposition from Charleston School of Law students, faculty and alumni. They complain Infilaw has lower academic standards.
A S.C. Attorney General’s opinion issued late last week said the state higher-education commission must make decisions based on established criteria.
"Given these circumstances, we want to give the commission additional time to consider and reconcile these issues, including responses to questions we submitted just a few days ago," Infilaw said in a statement. "During this time, we will continue to work with the school’s owners and its academic leadership to chart the best path forward."
InfiLaw already works as a management consultant for the Charleston School of Law, which opened in 2004 and received American Bar Association accreditation in 2011.
The school has more than 500 full- and part-time students.