Monday, April 24, 2017
Whittier College Board of Trustees Announces Closure of Fourth Tier Whittier Law School
Epic Outcome: On April 19, 2017, the New York Times DealBook published a beautiful article from Elizabeth Olson, under the banner headline “Whittier Law Schools Says It Will Shut Down.” Enjoy this wondrous opening:
“Trustees of the Whittier Law School said on Wednesday that it would close down, making it the first fully accredited law school in the country to shut at a time when many law schools are struggling amid steep declines in enrollment and tuition income.
The trustees of the school, in Costa Mesa, Calif., said in a statement that they had voted not to enroll new first-year students in the fall but were “committed to ensuring that students currently enrolled will have an opportunity to complete their degree in a timely fashion.” The trustees did not set a date for when the school would close.
Marc Stevens, a spokesman for the school, which is affiliated with Whittier College, said that officials were exploring ways to allow nearly 400 current students to complete their education but had not yet arrived at a solution.
Whittier is the first law school fully accredited by the American Bar Association to announce plans to close. Indiana Tech Law School, in Fort Wayne, which had only provisional accreditation from the bar association, has announced that it will close in June.
Other law schools grappling with financial problems have chosen different ways to try to survive. Two law schools in St. Paul, Hamline and William Mitchell, merged in 2015. Charlotte Law School in North Carolina, which the A.B.A. placed on probation in November, has suspended the admission of new students. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Mich., closed its Ann Arbor campus after enrollment dropped.
At Whittier Law School, which opened in 1966 and was accredited in 1978, minority students, many of whom come from California, made up about two-thirds of the student body. Last July, only 22 percent of the school’s graduates passed the California bar exam, according to state data. The employment rate for long-term jobs requiring a legal degree was 29.7 percent among Whittier graduates, according to Law School Transparency, a nonprofit that compiles data on the 205 law schools in the United States.
Students who graduated from Whittier last year had an average of $179,000 in pre-interest debt, the second-highest total among all law schools in the country, according to Law School Transparency.” [Emphasis mine]
Toilets often point to their “diverse student enrollment” as a plus. Well, when broke-ass minorities with no connections graduate from FOURTH TIER PILES OF EXCREMENT, they are typically in worse financial shape after having earned their JDs. The commodes don’t put that in their brochures or web pages however.
Other Coverage: On April 20, 2017, the Los Angeles Times featured a staff article entitled “Whittier Law School is closing, due in part to low student achievement.” Take a look at the following portion:
“When Whittier College officials announced this week they would close their affiliated law school in Costa Mesa, students and faculty reacted with shock, outrage and some tears.
But legal experts said Thursday that Whittier has long been on a downslide as it struggles with challenges hitting many law schools across the country.
Applications to law schools nationwide are down nearly 50% since 2005, prompting less-prestigious campuses to accept students with lower GPAs and law school admission test scores. State bar passage rates have fallen — hitting a 32-year low in California last summer. Fewer full-time, long-term legal jobs are available. Meanwhile, tuition costs and student debt loads have soared.
All of these factors came to a head at Whittier, which will be the nation’s first fully accredited law school to shut down in three decades. It will stop accepting new applicants and close after its current students graduate.” [Emphasis mine]
Of course, cretinous students got butt-hurt – and felt that the ABA-accredited garbage heap should remain in operation. These idiots cited their outrageous “investment” in themselves, i.e. student loan debt, as a good reason for keeping the doors open.
Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Whittier Law School Will Close, Leaving Disaster In Its Wake,” on April 20, 2017. Behold this segment from her piece:
“Yet another law school has decided to close its doors. We all knew it would happen eventually, but it was just a matter of which one it would be. This time, it’s historic. Whittier Law School, located in Costa Mesa, California, will not enroll a new class this coming fall. Whittier is the first fully accredited law school in the country to throw its hands up in defeat and shut its doors.
At about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, students, faculty, and staff were alerted that an emergency meeting was to be held with representatives from the Whittier College Board of Trustees the next day. Faculty members knew that certain doom awaited them at the meeting, and attempted to obtain a temporary restraining order that would prevent the school from being closed. Sadly, their application was denied on First Amendment grounds. Students, however, had no idea what was about to happen, and many gathered on Wednesday afternoon to bear witness to the death of the school that would someday be printed upon their diplomas.” [Emphasis mine]
You can read more about how one student secretly recorded the meeting there. There are also links to video.
Conclusion: This is a truly momentous occasion. I remember in the early days, when cockroaches would tell scambloggers that this was a pointless endeavor. The fact remains that every single person who is dissuaded from law school represents one life that steers clear of soul-crushing amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. This affects their family and future mate as well. Those of you who have helped document the law school scam should hold your heads up high. Thank you for your contributions. Now, go out and enjoy a nice steak or a well-deserved drink.
Posted by Nando at 4:41 AM