Paul L. Caron

Thursday, April 7, 2011

UC-San Diego, Cal-Western Law School 'Pause' Merger Discussions

UC-San Diego Logo San Diego Union-Tribune, UCSD, Cal Western Talks for Law School Suspended:

The University of California San Diego and California Western School of Law have suspended merger talks that began 15 months ago and were aimed at creating a law school at UCSD, officials announced Wednesday.

Leaders from both schools issued a written statement citing the state’s fiscal crisis as the reason for agreeing “to a pause in discussions.”

In January 2010, a 27-member committee of faculty and administrators from both schools formed to begin looking into the merger possibility to form a UCSD school of law. ...

One sticking point centered on the higher pension benefits that would be earned by California Western employees joining the state plan, said Suresh Subramani, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at UCSD. ...

Kenneth Greenman, chairman of the California Western board of trustees, said in a statement that, “Given the enormous benefits of this combination, we look forward to a time when formal talks can resume.” ...

Critics in the past have questioned the need for another law school in a UC system that already has five. When a similar merger with California Western was considered in the 1980s, it was rejected by UC administrators as unnecessary.

Also, some wondered if the two schools were a good match, given the university’s focus on research and the law school’s on teaching.

(Hat Tip: Faculty Lounge, Inside Higher Ed.) Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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