University Can’t Give Away Its Troubled Law School

We are disappointed the Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted against the cooperative education agreement between Valparaiso University and Middle Tennessee State University, 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 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.

— Nicole Niemi, spokeswoman for Valparaiso University, commenting on the institution’s failed transfer of its law school as a gift to Middle Tennessee State University. The transfer required a vote of approval from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, but the proposal was turned down with an 8-5 vote.

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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