Thanks to Paul Caron, we learn that the San Diego Union is reporting that UC San Diego and California Western Law School have entered into preliminary negotiations to merge - or perhaps, simply, to affiliate. Apparently, there is talk of entering into a Michigan State / Detroit College of Law agreement which allows for a single name, but separate corporate entities. This presumably would allow UCSD to have a law school at little or no cost. In exchange, Cal Western gets the reputational bump that comes with being renamed after a great state university. I am certain that there will be lots of questions - particularly given the recent arrival of Irvine Law. And this story comes on the heels of the (admittedly very different) UMass - SNESL merger controversy. We'll be watching this closely.
On a related note, until this article I'd thought that Detroit College of Law had merged into MSU. But for better or worse, that's not the case...as the disclaimer at the bottom of each page of the MSU Law website explains.