Friday, November 17, 2017
This has not been a good week for law schools. You may have heard that Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana will cease admitting students which some are understandably assuming means the school will be closing shortly though the school's Dean denies that. But the ABA Journal is also reporting that Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego has been placed on probation due to bar passage and related academic and financial issues. You may remember that Thomas Jefferson went through a round of lay-offs and other financial problems several years ago which caused some to speculate the school might close at that time. (TJ was also in the news in connection with the so-called "law school scam" movement in which former students sued their law schools alleging they'd been deceived about job prospects). TJ's dean has stated her disappointment with the ABA's decision to place the school on probation - which can obviously undermine the school's admissions and recruitment goals which would financially weaken the school - but vows to work with accreditors to rectify any compliance issues. You can read more about TJ's probation blues in the ABA Journal here and the San Diego Union-Tribune here.