No, Valpo Law is just taking an admissions year off, looking for alternatives:
Valparaiso University announced Thursday that is [sic] suspending admissions to its law school and exploring alternative possibilities related to the "severe financial challenges" it's been facing for a number of years.It's a Chapter 11, not a Chapter 7. Sure, Chapter 11 is often a gateway drug to Chapter 7, but hold your cheers, sadists; these law schools are going to hang on for dear life as long as they possibly can.
The school mentioned several other options: It could affiliate Valparaiso's law school with another law school or relocate it to a place where the demand for a law education is higher. The school also is preparing plans to allow its current law students to complete their degrees.
We could have all sorts of fun with this, like picking new affiliations (Cooley? Infilaw? Yale-West?) or locations (Alaska? Florida? Fort Wayne?). We could also ask how and why anyone would merge with Valpo.
But let's think of the students a second. The school mentions fairness and plans to allow current students to complete their degrees. But a school clinging dearly to life while facing "severe financial difficulties" and imminent closure isn't doing its students any favors.
What on Earth is the advantage of graduating from a low-tier law school that's closing? The alumni network moving forward will be disadvantaged, they'll be no career services support, and lawyers everywhere - hiring or otherwise - will mark you as one who went to that school that shuttered.
Wouldn't it be a better service to all but administrative egos to shutter outright? You can help your better students - the ones who are capable of passing a bar exam - transfer to decent schools where they'll have a better alumni network with future support. Plus, you might give the bottom rung a shot at a closed school discharge.
This Hail Mary, hoping that the dead parrot flies again, that grandma comes off life support, that your kid actually goes back to college after taking a year off, this failing to throw in the cards when the operation is a sinkhole not assisting in meeting any public demand, isn't just institutional egoism, it's harmful to the very people this "non-profit" has historically claimed to assist.