Wichita's Law School May Close

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Wichita's only law school needs a $25 million miracle to stay open.

Board members for the President's College School of Law had a closed door meeting Tuesday to decide if they would keep the school open.

But they didn't decide. About ten students showed up at the meeting, so the board let them speak, and then decided to postpone the decision to close the school while they consider some of the options the students came up with to save their school.

A handful of students are trying to save the President's College School of Law in downtown Wichita.

The students know it's a long shot but they want the school's board and the people of Wichita to know how important this school is to them and this entire community.

The president's law school has been fighting for accreditation from the American Bar Association since it opened in 1994.

Law school professor and board member, Bob Martin says it's that accreditation or lack of that may shut the school down.

To meet ABA standards for accreditation, it will take about $25 million to pay for things that martin doesn't think is essential for a good legal education.

It's really a domino effect: without accreditation, you can't sit for the bar and if you can't sit for the bar, you can't attract enough students to support the law school. It's also tough to get money from big companies or the city and county.

The board did not say when its next meeting will be or when they will make their final decision.


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