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Friday, October 22, 2010

San Diego law school in talks with UC-San Diego

Aaa California has five public law schools but none of them are in the state's second biggest city, San Diego.  That might change in the future, as talks are under way between the private California Western School of Law and the University of California-San Diego.

The North County Times reports that the proposal would not involve any state funds:

There would be "no start-up costs" to merge the law school with the university, nor any additional operating costs, Smith said. "We cannot do this if it costs any money."

Tuition covers the costs of running Cal Western, Smith said, adding that the school has operated in the black for 15 of the past 16 years.

Cal Western tuition ---- about $40,000 for a full-time student ---- is in the same ballpark as what students pay at UC law schools, he said.

As envisioned, a law school at UCSD would remain financially self-sufficient without any state funds.


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I have yet to understand the importance of having a "public" law school in San Diego. The state-over, public and private institutions cost about the same, so what is the significance?

Posted by: Patrick Riedling | Oct 26, 2010 12:16:31 PM

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