The Board of Trustees of Whitter College announced on Wednesday that Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, will close.
In an announcement posted on the school’s website, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Alan Lund said Whittier Law, which is accredited by the American Bar Association, will not enroll new students in the fall.
Lund said the board had created a subcommittee in 2015 to help improve the educational program and student performance, and had also explored potential buyers.
“We believe we have looked at every realistic option to continue a successful law program,” Lund said. “Unfortunately, these efforts did not lead to a desired outcome.”
Just 22 percent of the law school’s graduates passed the California bar exam taken in July. That percentage was the lowest among the state’s 21 ABA-accredited schools. Whittier Law was established in 1966.
Lund said the school is “committed to ensuring that students currently enrolled will have an opportunity to complete their degree in a timely fashion.”
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