Wall St. Journal: Valparaiso law school suspends admissions

“The tough climate for legal education has claimed another victim,” the Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon.

“Valparaiso University, a private university in Northwest Indiana, said Thursday its board of directors voted to stop enrolling new law school students, meaning the law school will likely be wound down over the next few years.

“Enrollment has plummeted at Valparaiso University…

“The school, which enrolled only 29 full-time incoming students in 2017, is latest victim of declining interest in law school.”

The article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

6 thoughts on “Wall St. Journal: Valparaiso law school suspends admissions”

  1. “This is a law school that was publicly censured by the American Bar Association in November 2016 for being out of compliance with accreditation requirements that it have ‘sound admissions policies and procedures’ and admit only applicants who ‘appear capable of satisfactorily completing its program of legal education and being admitted to the bar’ Funnily enough, earlier this week, the ABA announced that Valpo was no longer under censure after the school provided ‘substantial evidence’ that its admitted students were capable of graduating and passing the bar exam. Source: https://abovethelaw.com/2017/11/valparaiso-law-school-will-close-its-doors-thanks-to-low-enrollment/

    1. Ha! On another note, I met with a woman last week whom I steered to the SBC. Her name is Catharine Bramkamp, and she has a small marketing contract with the ERC for economic development. The goal: Grow existing businesses — what we’ve been thinking all along.

      1. I will ask our team if she has reached out.

        No doubt there is a lot of opportunity in expanding existing businesses–through new products and services, expanded markets, on-line presence, and access to capital to expand–in addition to a start-up environmennt. Both are important.

        So far this year (through Q3) the Sierra Small Business Development Center, which serves El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sierra, Plumas, Lassen and Modoc counties, has served more than 273 clients, fostered 20 new business starts, created 37 jobs and retained another 42, and leveraged more than $6.6 million in new capital investment in the region.

        We are working out of both the SBC office in Truckee and the ERC office in Grass Valley, with sattelite shared office locations in the other jurisdictions. Due to proximity to the servcies about half of those results where achieved in Nevada County.

        Finally, so far this year we have been able to leverage the federal investment in the SBDC by a factor of more than 4-1, quadrupling the grant requirement for leverage, and brining a much borader range of services into the region.

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