San Diego City Beat, via the Last Blog on Earth, is reporting some curious information about the possibility of UC San Diego acquiring (or merging with, or partnering with) California Western School of Law.
This information apparently surfaced at a San Diego City Council Rules Committee meeting, wherein City Attorney Jan Goldsmith asked UCSD Vice Chancellor Debra Neuman about ongoing "conversations" between the two schools. Neuman confirmed talks between the two schools, but would not provide further information. In a subsequent exchange with Last Blog on Earth writer David Rolland, Neuman denied that UCSD has plans to purchase Cal Western, but did say the two are planning on "working together in some way."
UPDATE: UCSD Associate Vice Chancellor Stacie Spector emailed me the following response:
"As of right now, our discussions with Cal Western School of Law are, as [Neuman] describes, preliminary friendly informal discussions. This topic of considering a formal partnership comes up every couple of years between CWSL and UCSD. Additionally there are many collaborations and joint programs that we work on together currently, but that is routine at this point."