Monday, July 22, 2019
Following up on my previous posts (links below): ABA Journal, Closing Time: As Whittier Law School Prepares to Close, its Dean Tries to Soften the Blow for Students:
When Rudy Hasl became interim dean at Whittier Law School several months after the April 2017 announcement the school would be gradually closing, he said many students were still consumed with anger and grief about the unsettling news.
The longtime legal educator responded by arranging for a psychologist to come to the law school’s Orange County campus once a week to meet with students, and the free counseling that began in fall 2017 has continued since.
The initiative is one example of how Hasl has worked to carry out the closure of the American Bar Association-accredited law school in the least painful manner for students, while also providing a mix of new educational opportunities for the aspiring lawyers who remained at Whittier. ...
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Whittier Law School To Close, Will Not Admit A 1L Class This Fall (Apr. 19, 2017)
- Tenured Faculty Sue To Stop Closure Of Whittier Law School (Apr. 20, 2017)
- Experts: Whittier Law School’s Collapse Won’t Be The Last (Apr. 20, 2017)
- Faculty Weighs Legal Options To Block Closure Of Whittier Law School After Court Rejects TRO; Board Pulled Plug With Only 40 Students Expected In Fall 2017 1L Class, Down 70% From 2016 (And 87% From 2010) (Apr. 21, 2017)
- 100 Students Protest Closure Of Whittier Law School (Apr. 22, 2017)
- Steve Diamond (Santa Clara), Whittier's Decision To Close Its Law School Violates AAUP Tenure Protections, Harms Diversity, And Ignores The Rebounding Legal Employment Market (Apr. 23, 2017)
- Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), Whittier Law School Closing Is Another Sad Story Of Generational Wealth Shifting, With Millennial Students Incurring Huge Debts To Subsidize Baby Boomer Faculty Sinecures (Apr. 24, 2017)
- Temperature Rises In Debate Over Closure Of Whittier Law School; Are 5-25 Law Schools In A 'Death Spiral' Leading To Closure Over The Next Five Years? (Apr. 25, 2017)
- Whittier Law School Died Many Years Ago, When It Strayed From Its Founding Mission To Prepare Students To Pass The Bar And Succeed As Lawyers (Apr. 30, 2017)
- Over Past Three Years, Seven Law Schools Have Tried To Be Acquired By Universities (July 9, 2019)