Following up on my previous post, After 86% Enrollment Decline, Valparaiso Law School Stops Admitting Students And Will Likely Close: Press Release, MTSU, Valparaiso Discuss Transfer of Law School to Murfreesboro:
Middle Tennessee State University and Valparaiso University announced Friday, June 22, that they have entered into a nonbinding letter of intent to transfer Valparaiso’s American Bar Association-accredited law school from Indiana to the Murfreesboro campus.
University leaders emphasized that these discussions are preliminary, however, as both MTSU and Valparaiso determine whether such a move would be in the best interests of their respective stakeholders.
If MTSU and Valparaiso move forward with the transfer, it would require approval from the governing boards of each institution, as well as the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
“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,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said.
McPhee noted that it would be akin to a gift, and MTSU would not be buying the law school or merging with Valparaiso. As far as a physical location, the Andrew Woodfin Miller Education Center on Bell Street has emerged as a potential option, he said.
Founded in 1879, the Valparaiso University School of Law has a long and distinguished history of public service and a demonstrated commitment to diversity. It embraces law as a calling to leadership and, like MTSU, it is also known for its commitment to experiential education.
There already are five accrdedited law schools in Tennessee (Vanderbilt (#17 in U.S. News), Tennessee (#65), Memphis (#137), Belmont (#139), Lincoln Memorial (unranked because provisionally accredited), as well as the unaccredited Nashville School of Law.