AFTER YEARS OF DECLINING PROSPECTS FOR LAWYERS, FIRST ACCREDITED LAW SCHOOL SHUTS DOWN

Students, alumni and professors of Whittier Law School are outraged by the board of trustees’ decision to close, making it the first fully accredited law school in the country to shut down.

  1. Recent statistics show that less than 60% of all law school graduates end up with legal employment after three years of professional study. (Bloomberg Law, Law Grads Still Face A Tough Market)
  2. Of that 60 % who end up working in law, some of those jobs do not pay or may even pay less than minimum wage (lawyers are exempt employees). (ABA, “The Myth Of The Upper-Middle Class Lawyer”)
  3. Many leave law school with six figures of non-dischargeable debt. (New York Times, “Burdened With Debt, Law School Graduates Struggle in Job Market”)

– The Intellectualist

Students, alumni and professors of Whittier Law School are outraged by the board of trustees’ decision to close, making it the first fully accredited law school in the country to shut down.

Whittier Law School is affiliated with former President Richard Nixon’s alma mater Whittier College, but was relocated to a campus in Costa Mesa in 1997. It received its full accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1985.

“We are obviously devastated by the Whittier College Board of Trustees’ decision to discontinue the program of legal education at Whittier Law School,” officials said in a statement.

Dozens of students picketed outside the Whittier College administration building Friday to protest the closing.

“It brought us all to tears,” student Awa Henderson said. “We had no knowledge, we were not aware this was taking place. This was just brought on us abruptly. It’s really disappointing.”

Many were frustrated and disappointed with the timing of the announcement, just two weeks before finals.

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