Sunday, October 21, 2018
Separate stories this week report trouble for two law schools. Several news outlets reported that the Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted 8 to 5 to reject the proposal to move Valparaiso University Law School (after the university's board of directors voted, in effect, to wind down the law school's operations beginning this year) from northwest Indiana to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. As the Indianapolis Business Journal reports, a statement from MTSU president suggested that the reason for the "no" vote was the Tennessee Higher Ed Board's concern about competition from the state's two existing public law schools. At present it's unclear whether Valparaiso has a back-up plan.
Possibly spelling trouble for San Diego's Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Inside Higher Ed (via Above the Law) is reporting that the school will not enroll students for the coming spring semester as it traditionally does. A school spokesman said administrators "decided to forego the revenue that a spring entering class would provide because a proportionally smaller spring entering class might not provide the vibrant, collaborative atmosphere for our new students that is an essential part of the first-year law student experience."