Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Plan to open three new law schools in New York may be scuttled

Since New York already has 15 law schools and the most lawyers of any state (more than 150,000), it should be no surprise that plans for three new law schools have been put on hold for the time being.  From the online ABA Journal blog:

Plans for two of the schools have been “shelved indefinitely,” the New York Law Journal reports, in an article reprinted by the New York Lawyer. They would have been built by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and by the private St. John Fisher College.

A proposal for a third law school—by SUNY at a Binghamton location—faces "serious challenges," its provost told the publication. At the earliest, the school would open in 2017.

The New York Law Journal says the stalled plans are attributable to “an ailing economy, state government budget woes and doubts about whether there are enough legal jobs to support the new schools in addition to the 15 existing ones.”

Hat tip to the TaxProf Blog.


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