Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Law School Fights For Survival Amid Parent University's Closure

Karen Sloan (, Law School Fights for Survival Amid University Closure:

Concordia Logo (2018)Concordia University School of Law is on the brink of shutting down, a collapse that would make it one of seven non-elite law schools to close or merge in recent years.

The parent university of the Boise, Idaho, law school—Concordia University in Portland, Oregon—announced plans Monday to close at the end the spring semester as a result of shrinking enrollment and mounting debt. The university is 115 years old.

The fate of the American Bar Association-accredited law school remains unclear. Officials said this week that they are looking for another institution to take over the seven-year-old law school so that it can remain open. ...

If Concordia Law closes, it will be the seventh ABA-accredited law school to close or merge since 2014, joining the likes of Whittier Law School, Charlotte School of Law and Arizona Summit Law School. But unlike those closures, Concordia would be the first law campus to close because its larger university is shutting down. In fact, the law school’s fortunes had looked to be on an upswing.

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We're not on the verge of shutting down. Our two-year cumulative bar passage rate is 100%, tied with Yale and Chicago and ahead of Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and every other school that can't rely on a diploma privilege. Our tuition is cheaper than all of these schools. Our incoming class of 90 students is up almost 50% over the year before. We look forward to serving our students and the community for a long time.

Posted by: Greg Sergienko | Feb 12, 2020 7:16:38 PM

$93,755 median student loan debt (excluding undergrad debt, interest, private loans, etc) for a $54,500 median starting salary. Pretty raw stuff.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Feb 12, 2020 11:40:54 AM