Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Karen Sloan (Law.com), Law School Fights for Survival Amid University Closure:
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.