Friday, November 2, 2018

The July 2018 Bar Exam: Valparaiso Is the Latest Law School to Close

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After 139 years, officials announced this week that Valparaiso University School of Law will shut down no later than May 2020. Enrollment has dwindled and a proposal to move the school to Middle Tennessee State University was rejected by state regulators. The Indiana law school will close once its remaining second and third year students graduate.  Valparaiso enrolled just 29 new students in the fall of 2017, compared with 208 new students in the fall of 2013. The ABA publicly censured the law school in 2016 for failing to comply with admissions standards.

Eight ABA-accredited schools or branch campuses have closed or announced plans to close since 2014. Valparaiso joins Arizona Summit, Charlotte School of Law, Whittier, Savannah, Atlanta’s John Marshall, Indiana Tech, Cooley closed its Ann Arbor campus, William Mitchell merged with Hamline, How many other schools are on the brink?  Thomas Jefferson in San Diego is begging California to accredit them, in anticipation of losing ABA accreditation. A number of other schools are teetering on the brink of losing ABA accreditation.

It is pretty amazing that an established school like Valparaiso, who has been open for over a 100 years could not right its ship. Other traditional and established law schools may now be in jeopardy.

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