Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

La Verne May Be Sixth Law School To Close Since 2017

The Recorder, LA's Turbulent Law School Market Could Take Another Hit:

Laverne (2017)Yet another law school is under threat of closure.

Trustees at the University of La Verne are scheduled to determine the fate of the Ontario, California, law school when the board meets on Nov. 18. Earlier this month, the board tasked two separate committees with evaluating the school’s financial sustainability and future.

If the board votes to close the campus, it will become the sixth law school to shut down since 2017 [The others are Arizona SummitCharlotteIndiana TechValparaiso, and Whittier]. (That figure does not include branch campus closures and mergers.) And it would also be the second law school to wind down within the Los Angeles area—where a number of lower-tier law schools have struggled amid legal education’s downturn. Ontario is about 40 miles east of Los Angeles in what is known as the Inland Empire. ...

University provost Jonathan Reed addressed La Verne law students at a town hall on Oct. 23. (Interim law dean Kevin Marshall did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.) Leveque said that all options remain on the table, including keeping the school open.

“We just want to reassure all current students that, no matter what, we are fully committed to them,” he said. “They will graduate from an ABA-accredited law program. Sometimes, when people are considering a change, everyone assumes the worst.”

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