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.


  1. This is truly a momentous point in the law school scam movement. Even law professors are turning on the scam:

    "But law schools had a unique opportunity during this contraction, which many of them squandered. The number of retirement-age faculty was (and is) enormous, likely larger than it has ever been. If faculties had looked beyond their own personal financial self interest they could have easily contracted to meet the market demand and avoided the disastrous effects that have afflicted law students and now law schools. Sadly, the very faculty members whose institution provided them an outrageously rewarding career over many decades seemed the least likely to "pay it forward" by helping to reduce expenses. Indeed, many decided to foist all the sacrifice of layoffs on junior faculty or staff, who truly had the most to lose from losing their jobs."

    That was written by Professor Anderson from Pepperdine.

  2. Throwaway AttorneyApril 24, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Whittier made the smart move, because now's the time to get out of the law school scam. The first law schools to close will be escaping a large amount of future public scrutiny and shaming.

    We're already poised to go through another recessionary cycle absent more market intervention from the likes of the Treasury and Federal Reserve. And debtors can only rely on IBR, forbearances and PAYE for so long. Eventually, all this bad debt is going to have to be forgiven, discharged or paid off by someone--the feds being the ones most likely to be left holding this big bag of shit.

    And make no mistake here--when this student debt crisis finally melts down leaving our whole financial system vulnerable, then we'll start seeing the law school scam get the same media attention that the subprime lending industry got in 2008. And once the scam gets blown open by mainstream news outlets, a number of diploma mill scamdeans are going to be dragged in front of Congress to explain why they knowingly admitted students who were highly likely to fail the bar examination and secure any sort of employment capable of servicing the exorbitant amounts of student loan debt.

    I am quite certain that this issue has already been discussed by university trustees and regents all across the country, as this subprime lending crisis is not just limited to law schools. Law schools just stand out as the most excessive abuser of the federally-backed student loan system.

    Expect a few more closures coming soon, and expect their parent institutions working their hardest to convince the public that the law school was somehow a victim: Perhaps they weren't receiving enough diversity dollars from the feds or state legislature. I could even see a school come out and blame Donald Trump for intimidating people from becoming the next generation of defenders of liberty and social justice.

    It's going to happen. It's no longer a matter of if, but when....

  3. Nando, over time you have contributed to the weakening of the fine institutions of legal learning.

    You know not what you do. There has to be some Tier 4 grads out there that can attest / share a story that a Law degree is still worth getting.....

    Where you the first in your family to obtain a doctorate level degree (JD)? Perhaps you were the one who got a JD and it was your ticket into the middle class?

    Please share your success stories:

    1. Oh, oh, I want to share my success story! I was the first in my family to go to college. I attended a TT in the early 2000s. What could go wrong? Every school said 99% of grads obtained jobs, and the average private practice salary was $100k. There was a caveat though - we had to borrow $150k. The Dean and assistant dean of career services said not to worry about the debt. We could just simply start our career in private practice, where the average salary was $100k, and pay back our debt. After that, we could pursue other areas of law. Plus, all sorts of cool employers came on campus every fall to hire students! Fast forward a year later, I had great grades and I was on law review. I was rejected by all the Big law and government employers that interviewed on campus. Other friends of mine on law review were also rejected. The assistant dean of career services said not to worry, most people didn’t get jobs through OCI. We simply had to network and blast resumes.

      By the time I graduated in the mid 2000s and passed the bar, and after I had sent out hundreds of resumes, I had been rejected by every big law, shit law, prosecutor, public defender, judicial clerkship, and government job that I applied. I even had to suffer the indignity of having legal employers refuse to accept my resume at a legal career fair. I confronted the assistant dean of career services. I accused the school of lying about jobs. The dean told me that law grads were struggling to get jobs that year. All I had to do was keep applying. The next year, my school published the same garbage employment stats. The alumni magazine featured a blurb from the dean about the amazing success of grads at obtaining employment that year.

      At that time, the economy was booming. But many of my fellow grads went on to take non-legal jobs, pursue solo practices, or enter shit law. I enlisted in the Army and paid back $150k in student loans thanks to the enlistment bonus, student loan repayment, and tax free salary in Iraq. I’ll never forget when I was home on R&R from Iraq, I went out drinking with my law school classmates. One of them was a struggling solo. They were jealous of all the benefits I received in the Army, despite the fact I was going back to Iraq later that week. Another law review friend working in shit law told me to make the Army a career and get the pension. That friend said they had no retirement savings. Think about that! A practicing lawyer advised me to just stay in the Army rather than getting out and trying to put my toilet law degree to use.

      I wasn’t the only law grad at that time that had enlisted in the Army though. I met four law grads who enlisted like me. Looking back, my toilet law school should have bragged I found a “JD Advantage” job! The JD prepared me to understand the rules of engagement when I went on mission into one of the largest cities in Iraq.

      I was able to finally achieve professional success when I left the Army to attend a good med school in the U.S. I should not have been surprised when during the first week of med school I met another JD, who also was going to med school to enter a real profession. They had no good things to say about law school or the legal profession.

      So to sum up, the JD was a terrible mistake for myself and the vast majority of people I know. The degree offered dismal career prospects and saddled us with tons of debt. Some of my friends had to turn their life around by getting MBAs/masters degrees and going into non-legal jobs. One friend became a cop. They are told in court all the time by lawyers that they made the right decision. Police officers make a lot more money and receive better benefits than shit law or solo practice. No need to waste 3 years of your life, and hundreds of thousands of dollars for a JD, when most likely you will never use that worthless degree anyway.

    2. /end subthread

      Seriously, 4:27 PM takes the cake, and is the credited response. All the stories are some variation on what 4:27 laid out - lying schools, terrible debt, T vs. TT vs. TTT, horrible job market, terrible results for others, etc. etc. etc.

    3. Oh boy, I have a law school success story too! I graduated from a school which fluctuates between T1 or T2 (Or, to use Old Guy's more accurate ranking system, a thoroughly TTTT school). I was in the top third of the class for grades, I wrote onto a secondary journal, and I competed onto Moot Court. Since I struck out at OCI, I interned at the State AG and at a large private company.

      When I graduated, there were no jobs. None. It was a good day when I got a terse, automated rejection email. Otherwise, hundreds of job applications vanished into the void that is the modern online job application. When I did get interviews for "J.D. Advantage" pseudo-legal jobs, it was through personal connections. In each one of these interviews, one or more of the interviewers expressed concern that I was just looking for a short-term job and that I was probably going to leave for a high-paying law firm job. I never got a pseudo-legal job.

      So I went back into trades work, which I did before college. Struck out on my own and currently am doing alright. Much of the work is quite literally the same work that my great-grandfathers did the moment their boots hit American soil. The trucks have gotten newer and the machines are more reliable, but most of the hand tools haven't really changed in the last few hundred years.

      Needless to say, the formal education was worthless and there is no such thing as the "JD premium" as far as my income is concerned. Last week I was applying decorative stone veneer, and because I think that wetsaws leave an unnaturally-straight and unattractive edge, I elected to cut the stones to length using a chipping hammer (Iron Age technology) and by banging them with other stones (Stone Age technology). Forget the supposed benefits of higher education, that was literally work a Neanderthal or reasonably-obedient chimpanzee could do.

      Remember the job of "ditch-digger"? Lots of parents and teachers liked to threaten kids that they didn't study and go to college, they might be stuck working as "ditch-diggers". Want to guess what my second job right after law school was? By the way, the guy I worked for considered $50/hour to be a very low profit and usually made more.

      To sum it up, the JD offered no serious job opportunities in the legal sector and made me "overqualified" to work in entry-level white-collar work. In effect, far from a "ticket to the middle class", the JD functioned as a catapult into the proletariat.

    4. Here's my own law school success story: I never went to law school at all. (Ha-ha!)

      But seriously, thanks to everyone for sharing. And especially thank you, Anon @ 4:27, for serving our country.

    5. @11:51

      The stories unfolding are painting a picture of Law grads that were not able to cut it in the legal profession.

      Enlist with a bachelor's degree and JD and be at the same job level with a GED holder?????
      Do what you have to do , bonus and all, but what part of the academic game is this? Sheesh...

      Or ditch the same background to work with your hands? Higher education is suppose to enable people to monetize and make a living thinking not necessarily working with your hands???

      The word on the street is, that some of these lawyers that can't cut it, are the types that fail in any profession that requires you think for a living. Therefore by default they end up in non thinking jobs.

      Grads out there this does not have to be your fate. These are isolated occurrences...

    6. Team AAMPLE/Seton Hall troll at 5:59,

      Thank you for not retelling the story about the time you hired an AAMPLE grad to handle your guilty plea, after you were arrested for giving out hand jobs in a Walmart bathroom. I know that was a difficult time for you, because that’s when your ex left you, the doctor. But don’t let that conviction hold you back! There are plenty of low ranked law schools that would accept you. You could put your name on the LSAT, not answer a single question, and immediately turn in your exam to the proctor. Cooley would still accept you! I would love to read your daily comments as you progress through your legal “studies.” You still have plenty of time to enroll at Cooley. They accept students up until the start of fall classes.

    7. @5:59 and 11:51

      LOL, what does it mean to have a "non-thinking job"? I constantly have to solve problems, keep machines operating smoothly, understand construction materials, compensate for thermal expansion/contraction, make sure that water/vapor barriers are well-maintained, precisely work off of engineer's diagrams (which quickly turns into field trigonometry), etc etc etc. Plenty of thinking. Probably more variety of thought than a doc reviewer can dream of.

      > "Grads out there this does not have to be your fate. These are isolated occurrences..."

      The legal job market produces roughly 1 job for every 2 graduates. i know you're a TTTT spokesman, but you do understand how ratios work, correct? If a job market produces 1 job for every 2 graduates into that market, can every graduate get a job in that job market, yes or no?

  4. We need about 100 more shitholes to close. Still a nice thing to have one close though.

  5. Kudos to you, Nando, for keeping up the good fight after all these year. I was getting concerned for a while that we'd never get to see one of these toilets collapse. (Though if you look at the metrics, it really seems inevitable that the scam cannot be sustained.) Let's hope this gets the dominoes falling!

  6. Great news! Hopefully the first of multiple dominoes to fall.

  7. The law schools charge too much money and the job outlook for most JDs doesn't come close to justifying the cost. It's a scam. And it's good to see another school close up shop.

  8. The worst law schools should have started closing back in 2009 when the job market for entry-level lawyers took big hits. But (1) "market information was not perfect" due to the schools' continued, rampant manipulation of job and salary numbers; (2) as smarter, better-informed students stopped going to law school, less-capable students were allowed to replace them because law school has no hard prerequisites; and (3) the oceans of Federal loan money kept coming, even as law employment tanked.
    As of today, there has been reform in only the first of these reasons, and that's only because of scambloggers like Nando who have been able to educate the public to the scam via the free internet. Don't stop blogging folks! There is still a lot of reform to be accomplished!

  9. Crazy, thin skinned, Steve Diamond has gotten into a spat with Northwestern Dean Dan Rodriquez of Northwestern over Whittier. Diamond has spent the last few days writing comments on Rodriguez' blog attacking the Dean and defending Whittier. Diamond accused Rodriguez of leading an "effort to squeeze lower ranked schools with inaccurate analyses of bar passage rates for minority JDs." Next time a law professor claims they work long hours, remember Steve Diamond spent the last few days writing silly comments to a blog post.

    1. Diamond's postings only reveal him to be an economy-sized douche.


    Today, Paul Campos posted an LGM entry labeled "Fresh mangoes, Whittier Law School edition." Enjoy the full text below:

    "The impending closure of a low-ranked California law school featuring cratering bar passage numbers, soaring graduate debt, and terrible employment outcomes seems to have driven friend of the blog Steve Diamond (a law professor at another low-ranked California law school featuring pretty much exactly the same things in a slightly less spectacular form) right over the edge.

    Ever since Whittier’s central administration decided to pull the plug on their increasingly embarrassing law school, Diamond has been letting loose frankly unhinged-sounding tirades against anyone who dares to suggest that this just possibly might have been a justifiable decision, as opposed to a neoliberal Cato-funded crypto-racist conspiracy to . . . OK read it for yourselves, if you’re in the mood to get out of the boat:

    Here, Dean of Northwestern Law School Dan Rodriguez makes the radical suggestion that people either criticizing or defending Whittier’s decision to close its law school might not yet have all the relevant information. It turns out he’s a closet racist who hates Hispanic people like Dan Rodriguez, and is also engaged in a conspiracy to improve California’s bar passage rates, or something (I confess I’m not paying super close attention, so maybe one or more of the stalwart LGM crew can explain the theory at work here. Be sure not to miss the comments!).

    A couple or three data points, since we all love the data:

    The average educational debt of 2016 Whittier law grads who had such debt (about 90%) was probably around $250,000. (This figure is derived as follows: the average Whittier grad who took out law school loans took out $179,056 in such loans. After accrued interest and fees this would equal about $210,000 when the first bill came due in November. Average undergraduate debt these days at graduation is around $35,000, and interest also accrues on that when people are in law school.)

    A grand total of 29 of Whittier’s 141 2015 graduates were known to be making $52,500 or more ten months after graduation. 38 of 141 had jobs as lawyers.

    Given that only 22% of Whittier’s first-time takers of the California bar passed it in July, those numbers seem unlikely to improve for the latest graduating class.

    Diamond’s statistics on lawyer salaries in Orange County are about as relevant to all this as statistics regarding salaries for tenured political science professors at UC-Irvine are to arguments about whether somebody should enroll in a fifth-rate political science graduate program."

    It is crystal clear that Pig Stephen Diamond doesn't give one damn about the students at WhiTTTTier Law Sewer. He is butt-hurt because "professors" at that trash pit will be affected. He also realizes that he teaches at the 132nd "best" law school in the nation, i.e. $anTTTa Clara Univer$iTTTy Sewer of Law. When will the central administration there take a close look at their ABA-accredited toilet?

  11. Diamond has to be terrified.

    He teaches at a struggling Jesuit law school, and there is another struggling Jesuit law school fifty miles up the road in San Francisco.

    Not difficult to figure out what the eventual outcome is - merging the two law schools into one, and dropping a bunch of the expensive faculty.

    Even in the unlikely chance that he could find a job if Santa Clara terminates him, he'd lose his three-month summer vacation, his light work load, and all the other things that makes being a law school professor one of the cushiest jobs on earth.

    No wonder he's lashing out.

    1. Quite appropriate, that, since Diamond is a jesuit with a small j.

  12. Whittier College let its law school go.
    Indiana Tech let its law school go.
    Hamline University let its law school go.
    Texas Wesleyan let its law school go.
    Oral Roberts let its law school go.

    What these universities have in common is that they are private, regional, relatively small, and have relatively small endowments.

    It's law schools attached to similar types of universities that are likely to be next (as well as Appalachian and the Infilaw schools).

    Does anyone have data on the endowments of small, private, regional universities with law schools?

    Does anyone have a gut feeling on which of such schools are likely to be next?

  13. Time now for the "Harvard of Suffolk County" TTTTouro Law School to go down the TTTTubes. Oversaturated NY market with no job prospects; laughable bar passage rate and semi-literate student body = a lost generation of snowflakes with bone-crushing, non-dischargeable debt.

    1. Throwaway AttorneyApril 26, 2017 at 5:24 PM


      Touro swung for the fence with their big new building, and then the whole lawyer bubble burst. Now, damn near anyone can get into Hofstra, Brooklyn and NYLS. The New York market could do just fine without Toruo (and probably five or six other schools as well).

      Getting out now, while the getting is still good, is the smart business decision. There's still time to spin this as some sort of discriminatory thing like low-income students having to commute unreasonably long distances or Touro's Long Island location being unable to help the underserved and marginalized in the South Bronx.

      The schools who close now will likely escape a lot of public scrutiny when the whole student loan bubble finally bursts, and the law school scam gets blown wide open.

    2. "Touro! Touro! Touro!"
      (Sorry, I just had to say it...)

    3. New York State does not need 15 law schools. Columbia, Cornell, and NYU are quite enough. The other twelve are toilets, one and all.

    4. I think it would be a good idea to run a single low-cost law school through the SUNY system. The world needs small-town lawyers and public defenders too. It's just that New York State cannot possibly need 12 schools' worth of low-caliber lawyers.

    5. Since SUNY cannot operate SUNY Buffalo at low cost or at high quality, I see no reason to suppose that it could operate a new law school on those terms.

      Irvine's experience casts doubt on the prospects of a new law school nowadays. Not even with the money to buy off the entire first entering class, and the following two classes at a lower rate, was Irvine able to achieve its stated (and utterly stupid) objective of catapulting itself into the so-called top twenty from the first day.

      Already there's no shortage of small-town lawyers and public defenders.

    6. I always thought NYU was overrated. Especially the undergrad. Why aren't the top three schools in NY toilets? If there are too many lawyers than we don't need more than maybe two law schools in NY, One way upstate, one maybe in lower upstate and one in NYC just to make it geographically fair.

    7. Right, but I'm suggesting dumping every New York law school except the genuinely elite BigLaw feeders and one "meat-and-potatoes" school. Let the feeders feed the larger firms, and have one school to handle the lower-end market. SUNY Buffalo would probably be posting pretty good job numbers (admittedly in middle-of-the-road jobs) if Pace, NYLS, Carbozo, Hofstra, Fordham, Crooklyn, CUNY, Saint John's, Syracuse, and Touro were dumped.

    8. If they close Ttttouro, the Columbia of Central Islip, where are all the Community College kids and Hofstra undergraduates going to get their useless JD degrees? The student body at Ttttouro is truly the bottom of the barrel. These are CUNY law and Hofstra Law rejects. Ttttouro is truly the law school of last resort. The Cooley of NY.

  14. Nando,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Now we got our first official closure of an ABA-accredited cesspit!

    You deserve your fair share of the credit and praise, and then some! Seriously, man, if I could, I'd buy you a bottle of champagne so you could really celebrate. Dom Perignon, anyone?


    1. Old Guy has never turned down a glass of Champagne, still less a bottle of Dom Pérignon.

    2. Don't worry, Old Guy, I'll happily get and save some for you too. ;)

  15. What a wonderful accomplishment.

  16. If job prospects for bottom 60-70% of class are abysmal at Tier II law schools, what hope for the poor folks at tier 3 and even more pathetic tier 4 garbage dumps? Hopefully the Whittier collapse will lead to a cascade of closures, especially if Trump pulls the plug on student loans to schools that can't attain a 60% bar passage rate.

    Interestingly one of the senior, soon to be unemployed law professors at Whittier, was a former dean at Quinnipiac law school. Perhaps the Grim Reaper will visit Connecticut as well.

    1. Tier 3 and 4 are all piles of excrement. I know this because I went to a T4 with a 164 LSAT. There are no jobs and those jobs that are available are being taken by T1 grads. The stats are horrific, the entire law school cartel is going to start crashing soon. I love it.

    2. With a 164, you must have been your toilet school's intellectual colossus.

  17. On top of the 20 other "ABA accredited" joke SOLs still extant, there are another 20! part-time law skools in CA.

    So diversity is alive and well, since lemmings still have lots of rope to hang themselves with as they pursue entrance into a glutted field.


    On April 20, 2017, Slate published a piece from senior business and economics correspondent Jordan Weissmann, under the headline "A Law School Is Finally Closing." Take in this beautiful opening:

    "This week, the world of legal education reached a new and dismal milestone when California’s Whittier College announced that it would finally close down its law school after years of declining enrollment.

    This is a first, I'm told. According to an American Bar Association spokesman, no fully accredited law school has ever—ever!—outright shut its doors before.

    Like many of its peers, Whittier Law School was rocked by the collapse of law school applications that began in 2011, after widely reported horror stories about the stagnant legal job market started driving away the country's directionless liberal arts grads. It counted just 132 students in its first-year class in 2016, down from 303 in 2010, according to Law School Transparency. And while law school enrollment stabilized overall last year, Whittier's was down another 9 percent. Its graduates' employment stats were fairly abysmal, too: Only 21 percent of its recent alums obtained long-term, full-time legal jobs in the months after graduation, while almost 28 percent were unemployed.

    The closure won't be immediate. In an open letter, Whittier's board of trustees said the five-decade-old school of law would not accept any new students for the coming year, but would give current enrollees an opportunity to finish their degrees. “At the appropriate time, the program of legal education will be discontinued,” the letter said. The board apparently sprung the news on a group of astonished students at an “emergency meeting” that left some in tears. Meanwhile, faculty members have sued to stop the closure—because, well, they’re lawyers."

    Now scroll down to his conclusion:

    "But apparently Whittier found something else to do with its real estate. In January, it sold the land its law school was built on for a $13 million profit, according to the faculty's lawsuit. The professors, who apparently believed the proceeds would go back to their school, now claim in their lawsuit that the college is profiting illegally from the transaction. But however that case turns out, it seems pretty obvious now that there's no economic law that will keep a failing educational institution open."

    These "law professors" will now have to find a real job. Good luck finding a place to hire you to "work" 4-6 hours per week, at a high salary, bitches.

    1. Profiting illegally from the transaction? The college owned the land, mother-fuckers. The law school had no claim to it.

      I'm delighted to see those shit-ass "law professors" get the old heave-ho.

    2. Law professors are trendy-lefty types. Only wages earned through the grinding labor of lecturing 6 hours a week are "legitimate earnings."

      Selling property at a profit is just... so.... Trumpian....


    On April 21, 2017, Richard Vedder wrote an excellent Forbes article entitled "The First Law School Casualty: More To Come?" Enjoy this portion:

    "It was inevitable: a law school has closed, the first fatal casualty of the dramatic decline in enrollments that began almost a decade ago. Whittier law school is California was an outgrowth decades ago of Whittier College, Richard Nixon’s alma mater. The college is a mid-quality liberal arts school with an unusually large non-white population, a source of some pride for the school.

    The law school suffered qualitatively in modern times, with a majority of students failing the bar exam on the first try, and graduates finding it extremely difficult to find employment in the legal field. The surprise is not that Whittier failed, but that more law schools have not simply closed. The hope is that the sagging demand will reverse itself, enrollments will start climbing, and that young law graduates will start to prosper.

    While the Great Recession of 2007-09 led to a dramatic decline in demand for lawyers, especially in the large firms that now faced much more cost-conscious corporate clients, there are other factors curtailing the demand for American lawyers, including globalization combined with digital technological advances. Prestigious New York firms facing defections of corporate clients concerned about too many hours billed at $250 or much more for legal research done by brand new attorneys making $150,000 or more annually, are finding they can outsource a good deal of legal research to bright Indian lawyers for a small fraction of the cost. Greater use of paralegals is another cost reduction measure. The Shakespearean plea to “kill all the lawyers” (Henry VI, Part 2) is not being literally fulfilled, but figuratively it is being approximated. I would be surprised that Whittier’s demise will be followed by perhaps a dozen or so other law schools in the next year or two. Schumpeterian creative destruction is coming to legal education.

    What is happening in law schools is occurring with limited but increasing frequency elsewhere in higher education. Enrollments in the fall of 2016 for all of higher education were roughly 1.5 million lower than in 2011—unprecedented in a growing (albeit slowly) American economy in peacetime. I attend quarterly meetings of Ohio public university faculty members where I hear recurring tales of woe. Wright State University, for example, is in a financial crisis forcing huge budget cuts. The University of Akron is fighting serious enrollment decline. Illinois public schools are all suffering mightily because of the political gridlock that envelops the Land of Lincoln.

    The woes are not limited to public schools. There are a large number of private schools that are approaching life support. Some of them are merging with other schools or shedding programs to try to stave off death."

    This is a truly wonderful development. By the way, Nixon had more honor and decency than the typical law school faculty member. “Higher education” in this nation has become a bloated disgrace, which saddles countless young men and women down with terrible sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – and legions of college graduates end up working in retail outlets, call centers, or worse. If the name sounds familiar, Vedder authored the epic October 2010 piece, “Why Did 17 Million Students Go to College?”

  20. Apparently Charlotte does not want to shut down. Check out the incestuous nature of politics in this story about Charlotte Law School. The Obama administration terminated Charlotte’s participation in the Federal Student Loan program. This was part of a broader crackdown by the Obama administration against for-profit colleges. Charlotte has been hoping that the Trump administration, with Davos running DOE, would finally turn the student loan spigot back on so the school can keep raking in profits. Despite the Trump administration offering Charlotte the chance to reapply for access to student loans in March, the Trump administration has not taken any action on the matter. Now Charlotte has paid a $50,000 retainer to a lobbying firm to lobby Congress and the DOE. Who did Charlotte hire you ask? It is none other than the Podesta Group! The Podesta Group was founded by brothers John Podesta and Tony Podesta. You might recall, John Podesta is best known for serving as Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, serving as an advisor to Barack Obama, and running Hilary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign. Don’t be surprised to see Infilaw hosting their next conference at a Trump hotel.

    1. According to the NC AG's office, half of Charlotte's students have withdrawn.

      Charlotte's a whale that is well-harpooned, just giving a little Nantucket Boat Ride before she rolls over....


    On April 21, 2017, Bloomberg Law published a Stephanie Russell-Kraft piece titled "Whittier Law School closing: The First of Many?" Take a look at this segment:

    "The Whittier College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that it is closing its law school, making it one of, if not the first ABA accredited law school to shut its doors. But it likely won’t be the last, legal experts predict.

    “Once somebody does it, it becomes much more acceptable, psychologically and politically,” said Paul Campos, a professor at Colorado Law School who studies the economics of higher education. “There are a number of other schools that are struggling at least as much, if not more, than Whittier.”

    He said that university administrators tend to be reactive.

    Founded in 1966 and acquired by Whittier college in 1974, Whittier has struggled with low bar passage rates, 22 percent in 2016, and declining 1L enrollment, down 57 percent from 2010 to 2016, and the school’s board of trustees decided not to keep the school open.

    “The outcomes of the students were getting bad enough that it was not very plausible to argue that there was prestige reflected on the larger institution,” said Campos.

    Law schools across the country saw a steep decline in student applications following the great recession, and many have failed to recover. Enrollment in ABA-approved schools fell 18.5 percent to 119,775 in 2014, after reaching a historic high of 147,525 in 2010, according to the ABA. On top of that, the number of private practice jobs has also decreased, according to the National Association For Law Placement, making law school less of a safe bet for students than it once was.

    Whittier is not the law first school to fall victim to this post-recession trend, but it is the first fully accredited law school to close entirely, Campos said. Indiana Tech Law School, which opened in 2013, closed last November while still partially accredited, and Hamline School of Law merged with William Mitchell College of Law in 2015.

    Campos said the news that an ABA-accredited law school is closing doesn’t come as a surprise.

    “This has been building for a long time, for at least five years,” he said.

    Other Law Schools at Risk

    Many other schools are grappling with similar issues to Whittier, Campos said.

    Law schools at risk of closing, he said, include Valparaiso University (63.3 percent bar pass rate in 2015), Thomas M. Cooley School of Law (51.9 percent), Thomas Jefferson School of Law (48.2 percent), University of La Verne (53.7 percent), and Appalachian School of Law (58.1 percent).

    Campos also named named Florida Coastal School of Law (61.1 percent), Charlotte School of Law (46.3 percent), and Arizona Summit Law School (41.6 percent), all of which are operated by InfiLaw System, a for-profit entity owned by Sterling Partners.

    “I would put the number of schools likely to close over next five years as five to ten,” Campos said. “We’re still just at the beginning of what’s going to be a significant shakeout.”

    I suspect that ABA-accredited toilets attached to larger universities are actually in greater danger of being closed. We'll see how things turn out at these dumps, in the next few years. This is still a watershed moment in the law school scam.

  22. I just visited Whittier's website and clicked the application link to see what would happen. The following message popped up:


    Please note: Whittier Law School is not accepting new applications for enrollment. The Whittier College Board of Trustees made a decision not to enroll a new incoming class at Whittier Law School for the academic year beginning fall 2017."


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