Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Yesterday, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved approved the University of Massachusetts' plan to create the state’s first public law school, according to this report in today's Boston Herald.
According to the report, the Southern New England School of Law will donate its campus to the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The newly approved UM-Dartmouth will open the law school for the 2010-11 academic year.
Prior to this decision, Massachusetts had nine law schools, all private. With UM-Dartmouth's opening, the state will become the 45th to offer access to public legal education. The remaining five states without a public law school are Alaska (which has no law school, public or private), Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.