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Former Charlotte School of Law students file new lawsuit against company that owned school

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Charlotte School of Law students have filed a new lawsuit against Sterling Partners, one of the companies that owned the school.

Students claim they went into debt while attending, but weren't properly prepared to pass the bar exam.

Action 9's Jason Stoogenke has been following the school’s decline for more than two years.

Channel 9's past coverage of Charlotte School of Law troubles:

Charlotte School of Law closed its doors in 2017 after the American Bar Association determined the school broke accreditation standards in 2016 and officials declined to grant an extension of the law school’s license to operate.

Students claimed Sterling Partners directed the school to hide its accreditation issues and that it padded numbers about bar passage rates and job placement rates. The school is also accused of advertising services it didn't offer. Students claim the school left them in a financial crisis.

"Until this is resolved, they're stuck, said Sidney Fligel, a lawyer for former students. “It’s not just between a rock and a hard place. It’s boulders on top of them."

Action 9 asked Sterling Partners for a response to the lawsuit but has not yet heard back.

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