Following up on my previous posts (links below): Orange County Register, Dozens of Angry Whittier Law School Students Protest After College Announces Closure:
About 100 law students angry over the announced closure of Whittier College’s law school in Costa Mesa this week demonstrated at the college’s main campus on Friday, April 21.
The protest started at the intersection of Painter Avenue and Philadelphia Street, with demonstrators marching just outside the campus’ main office. Most carried signs, with messages like “Don’t shut us down,” and “We want answers.”
Both students and faculty of Whittier Law School reacted with surprise and fury at the announcement on Wednesday during an emergency meeting that the school would no longer accept new students.
“They just dropped this bomb on us a week-and-a-half before finals without any regard to how we would react or feel,” said Stephanie Rigoli, a third-year student who was at the meeting on Wednesday and participated in the protest on Friday. “They gave us a 30-minute speech that they would shut down our education.”
College leaders promised to help current students complete their programs to earn their degrees. But students said they’ve gotten no information about how many classes would be available and how many faculty members will be retained next semester.
Students at the protest said that so far they’ve gotten few answers from the board of trustees about what the plan will be for those still in their first or second years at the school. One sign accused the college of violating its fiduciary duty to the students. ...
Beginning in 2015, the board of trustees began looking for ways to keep the law school going, [Whittier College spokeswoman Ana Lilia] Barraza said, including a merger or finding a partner to take over the school. But none of those solutions panned out. ...
Some students at the emergency meeting on Wednesday said they’ve racked up to $200,000 in debt attending the school.
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