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  • #52171

    Hello everyone!

    Whittier Law School announced it will not enroll a new class in the fall. Current students will be allowed to continue their classes so they can graduate but the law school is being shut down after more than 50 years. The school’s board of trustees stated they have explored all of their options since 2015 but could not find a way, including a potential sale, to keep the law school running. They released the following statement, “Sadly, our sponsoring institution opted to abandon the Law School rather than provide the time and resources needed to finish paving the path to ongoing viability and success. We believe this action was unwise, unwarranted, and unfounded.”

    We applaud the school for staying committed to their current students and allowing them to graduate. We believe there may be some more lower-tier law schools to close in the next few years and strongly urge all prospective law school applicants to keep this in mind when selecting target schools. Graduates of a school that subsequently closes could find themselves at a slight disadvantage to those whose schools continue to operate.

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    #52172

    Hello everyone!

    Just a quick update that the law school’s faculty is planning to fight the closing. One issue they intend to raise is a property sale that allegedly netted a nice profit and was also allegedly promised to be reinvested in the law school. The faculty are claiming they are confident their new dean and bar-prep program were going to turn the school’s low bar passage rate around. (Their bar passage rate recently dipped all the way down to 23%.)

    Finally, concerns have been raised about the quantity of classes that will be made available to current students to help them graduate and how many professors will be retained to teach those classes. We certainly wish everyone involved at Whittier Law School all the best as they move forward with very uncertain futures.

    Best of luck with your applications!

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    #52176

    Hello everyone!

    Just an update that Law.com has an article explaining how many academics outside of Whittier believe closing the law school is a big mistake. We don’t intend to regurgitate the fine article here (you are welcome to click on the link above to read it in its entirety), but the crux of the argument against closing the school is that the legal jobs market is improving.

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