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Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa has stopped accepting new students and will close entirely once all current students have graduated, trustees announced Wednesday.
Citing such challenges as low student outcomes, the board of trustees voted not to accept new students this fall.
“We believe we have looked at every realistic option to continue a successful law program. Unfortunately, these efforts did not lead to a desired outcome,” read an online statement from the board.
Some students weren’t happy with the decision.
“Dropping this bomb on all of us three weeks before final exams and Commencement Ceremony demonstrates a lack of loyalty to everyone especially the students,” Antonia Reyes, a second-year student at the law school, wrote in an email.
School administration did not give students or faculty the opportunity to ask questions about the decision in emergency meetings this week or explain the logistics of the closing, Reyes said.