Sunday, June 24, 2018

Valparaiso School of Law might be moving to Tennessee

Indiana's Valparaiso School of Law has been on a death watch ever since university officials announced last fall that it would no longer be accepting student applications. But now comes word from Middle Tennessee State University that Valpo may be moving to the Volunteer State.  The non-binding letter of intent signed by the schools doesn't indicate that MTSU will be buying Valpo but instead that it will be "gifted" to it. If the transfer goes through, it would make Valpo-MTSU Tennessee's seventh law school (including Duncan which thus far has failed to receive ABA accreditation). Tennessee has a population of approximately 6.7 million and ranks 20th in terms of state population. From the Daily News Journal:

MTSU in talks with Valparaiso University to move law school to Murfreesboro


Middle Tennessee State University has secured a non-binding letter of intent with Valparaiso University to transfer the Indiana institution's law school to Murfreesboro, President Sidney A. McPhee said.


Founded in 1879, the Valparaiso Law School has approximately 235 students and is accredited by the American Bar Association.


In order for the transfer to take place, approval would be needed from each university's governing boardsand the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, according to a news release from MTSU.


“Our exploration of this proposal is in keeping with MTSU’s tradition and strategic priority of pursuing innovative partnerships that create meaningful opportunities for our students, our region and our state,” McPhee said in the news release. 


Valparaiso University is located in a northwest Indiana town by the same name.


A university spokeswoman did not provide any additional details about the agreement when contacted Friday afternoon.

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