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Whittier College to close law school

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POSTED April 21, 2017 1:15 a.m.

COSTA MESA (AP) — Whittier College in Southern California is shutting down its law school.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/2pIHBd0) reports Thursday that the move has angered the school’s 400 students and 49 faculty members, some of whom made legal moves against it.

The Costa Mesa-based law school was for decades a profitable arm of the Whittier-based college, but has fallen on hard times in both finances and student success.

The trustees announced the closure Wednesday.

A day earlier, a judge rejected a request by a half-dozen faculty members to delay the public disclosure of the shutdown.

The Costa Mesa campus was sold for $35 million in January, and the school is now leasing the land.

Faculty members say they were assured that money would go back into sustaining the law school. But a college spokeswoman says the sale had no connection to the school’s fate.

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