SAN DIEGO, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since January 2010, a committee of faculty and administrative representatives from the University of California, San Diego and California Western School of Law has met to explore the possibility of a merging of the two schools, which would have resulted in a UC San Diego School of Law. The State of California currently faces an unprecedented budget crisis with serious implications for the UC system and UC San Diego. As a consequence, UC San Diego and California Western have agreed to a pause in discussions.
UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox thanked the committee members for their work. "Their time and valuable work over these past 15 months helped us see the tremendous benefits of this idea for both institutions and our region. California Western's strengths made the concept of an affiliation appealing, but the state's changing fiscal picture makes this opportunity difficult to pursue at this time."
California Western Board of Trustees Chair Kenneth L. Greenman echoed Fox's thanks. "These discussions identified new possibilities for interdisciplinary work which meet the needs of our region's innovation economy and contribute to economic growth and competitiveness. Given the enormous benefits of this combination, we look forward to a time when formal talks can resume."
In the meantime, the two institutions plan to continue current collaborations, including dual and joint degree programs, speaker series and the Community Law Project.
About UC San Diego
Founded in 1960, the University of California, San Diego is recognized as one of the top ten public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Clinton Global Initiative University selected the campus for its 2011 meetings, citing UC San Diego's strong track record for community service, including ranked number one by the Washington Monthly for the positive impact the university has had on the country. For more information, please visit www.ucsd.edu.
About California Western School of Law
California Western School of Law is the independent, ABA/AALS-accredited San Diego law school that advances multi-dimensional lawyering by educating lawyers-to-be as creative problem solvers and principled advocates who frame the practice of law as a helping, collaborative profession. Please visit www.cwsl.edu for more information.
SOURCE University of California, San Diego; California Western School of Law