When a law school closes

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Whittier law students are walking into uncertainty as their school prepares to close in two years.

Whittier Law School students are entering the new school year with a lot of questions. Such as: Will the classes I need still be offered? Will bar prep still be a thing?

The Costa Mesa, Calif. School is closing. It's the first fully accredited American Bar Association (ABA) school to have that dubious honor. It is not accepting new students this fall. Only second- and third-year students will be attending.

Students don't really know what to expect as they navigate the last two years of the school's existence.

"I think the atmosphere is going to be shaky," said Kristopher Escobedo, a third-year student and president of the school's bar association. "We really don't know who's coming back."

The Whittier College Board of Trustees voted in late April to shutter the school. Students learned the news right before finals, which was hardly the best timing, Escobedo said.

The initial reaction was panic...

Read the full story about Whittier Law School's closing in the National Jurist Back to School 2017 issue.