Valparaiso Won't Say Whether Law School Will Close

October 17, 2018

Valparaiso University declined repeatedly to comment on the future of its law school after the Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted 8 to 5 on Monday to reject a proposal to move the school to Middle Tennessee State University. Nicole Niemi, a spokeswoman for the university, issued the following statement to Inside Higher Ed.

"We are disappointed the Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted against the cooperative education agreement between Valparaiso University and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), which was designed to serve prospective students in the Nashville area seeking a legal degree from an accredited, public law school in the Middle Tennessee region. We are grateful for the dedicated work by teams from both institutions throughout this process," the statement read. "We are truly grateful for the good work and dedication of our law students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to provide the opportunity for all currently enrolled students at Valparaiso University Law School to complete their legal education through Valparaiso University Law School in a timely manner."

Both Niemi and Mark Heckler, president of Valparaiso University, declined to say whether the school would close after current students completed their education.

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