Despite disappointment over the decision to close the 139-year-old law school, leaders in the Indiana legal profession said they could not have done anything to change the outcome. Selecting students, hiring faculty, developing curriculum and maintaining finances are all internal workings of a law school.
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With a 138-year history, Valparaiso Law School is not the only legal education institution getting crushed by declining enrollment and falling revenue, but it is likely the oldest to publicly announce its future is uncertain.
With the federal government shutdown coming to the end of its fourth week, the American Bar Association is offering free continuing legal education programs to attorneys and others impacted as a result. Titled “ABA Cares 2019,” the national association is offering five free CLE programs to all lawyers and other professionals affected by the shutdown.
Proposals dealing with bar passage standards, firearms in schools, illegal immigration and LGBT discrimination are among several topics to be discussed later this month at the 2019 American Bar Association Midyear Meeting.
Accredited law schools could soon be operating under a revised bar passage standard if a proposal recently adopted by the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar moves forward. The council’s adopted proposal revises Standard 316 to require at least 75 percent of a law school’s graduates who sit for a bar examination to pass within two years of their graduation date.
In recognition and honor of veterans and active military personnel, the American Bar Association reaffirmed its commitment to those who have served by introducing the newly formed ABA Military and Veterans Legal Center.
After the Tennessee Commission of Higher Education rejected the transfer plans between Valparaiso Law School and Middle Tennessee State University, the northwest Indiana institution had no other options. Although the decision to close may not have surprised many, especially since the university had been upfront about the troubles the legal education program was having, it was still an emotional blow.
Valparaiso Law School, founded in 1879, will be ceasing operations after a search for alternatives to remain open ended in disappointment. In an announcement Tuesday, Valparaiso University stated it will continue to teach-out the current law students in a timely manner and then cease operations.