Valparaiso University’s Board of Directors has ordered the school to suspend admission of a 1L class to the law school for the fall of 2018. Our interpretation is that Valparaiso is intending to close its law school in the absence of a long-shot chance at a merger or relocation.
Frederick G. Kraegel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valparaiso University, stated, “This has been a very difficult decision. As the need for legal education continues to be challenged, we have taken numerous actions during the last several years to try to stabilize the Law School’s financial situation. Actions have included a reduction in employment levels last year in an attempt to align the school’s faculty and staff to its decreased student population. Despite these efforts, it is highly unlikely that the Law School’s operations will achieve financial stability.”