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It seems the beleaguered Western State College of Law won’t become the first American Bar Accredited-law school to shut down midsemester after all.

A federal judge in Ohio on Tuesday ordered the receiver tasked with winding down the Orange County, California, school to extend enough funding to allow it to remain open until May 29—giving the 77 students in their final semester the ability to complete their legal studies and graduate. The judge also extended the time period for the law school to secure a new owner by a month, until April 26.

It was a much-needed bit of good news for the law school, which was thrown into chaos in January when its owners—facing massive financial losses and litigation—entered into a court-appointed receivership. The situation worsened in late February when the U.S. Department of Education cut off federal student loan eligibility in response to reports that the law school’s parent entity, Argosy University, was withholding federal loan disbursements from students. Western State students have been in limbo as law school administrators scramble to salvage the remainder of the semester and, hopefully, the school’s long-term viability.

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