Colleges are within their rights to revoke your admission

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An aspiring law student got some premature practice by suing the law school that revoked his admission. 

The Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minnesota admitted a New Jersey man but changed its mind after it learned he failed to disclose past arrests for harassment, violating a protection order, shooting at his neighbor, and assaulting his girlfriend's juvenile daughter, which his lawsuit described as "minor discrepancies" concerning "past youthful indiscretions."

Sure sounds like a lawyer — just not to Hamline, obviously. 

In this month of acceptances, you want to know: If they give you an offer and you accept it, isn't it a binding contract?


Colleges and grad schools have standards of conduct in the admissions process, and you can be rejected or have your offer revoked if you fail to abide by them, like failure to provide accurate and complete information on an application, or a big drop in grades or attendance. Dropping challenging classes after admission has also led to revocation, as has misconduct like an arrest after the acceptance. 

Schools are within their rights to tell you no after saying yes, so the guy who is suing Hamline will likely lose that case. 

He needs a lesson in the law. Too bad he won't get it from Hamline.