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  • #52543

    Hello everyone!

    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.”

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    #52984

    Hello everyone!

    Valparaiso University and Middle Tennessee State University announced a plan to essentially transfer Valparaiso’s law school to Middle Tennessee University. MTU is hoping the faculty and students make the move to their Murfreesboro campus and the school appears anxious to keep Valpo’s traditions and history alive. (Valparaiso’s law school was founded in 1879.)

    The transfer plan looks viable to us but it won’t be official until if and when it receives sign offs from both the ABA and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

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    #53004

    Hello everyone!

    Well, that didn’t take long and, no, we didn’t see it coming. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission denied the transfer of the Valparaiso law school to MTSU. We believe MTSU President Sidney McPhee summed it up quite eloquently when he said, “We thank our friends at Valparaiso for their generous offer to transfer its School of Law, which would have represented a significant multi-million dollar gift to the state of Tennessee. And we are sorry that our citizens will be deprived of the opportunities that this college of law would have provided because of concerns about competition by the state’s two existing public law schools.”

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    #53020

    Hello everyone!

    Valparaiso’s president, Mark Heckler, announced earlier today that, one way or another, the university’s law school will not continue past May 2020. The faculty have incentives to stay with the school until it closes and the existing second year students will have the option to stay and graduate with a smaller faculty, transfer to another law school or attend one of the five law schools in Chicago as a visiting student and graduate with a Valparaiso law degree.

    Heckler stated, “Everyone needs to realize there are 100 students there who are going to make great attorneys, and we need to do everything we can to support them.”

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