Friday, March 4, 2011

A second New York law school decides to admit fewer students

We had previously reported that Albany School of Law has decided to admit fewer students next fall in response to the poor job market for grads.  Now the New York Law Journal is reporting that Touro Law Center on Long Island also plans to admit fewer students - each school is only going to forgo 10 applications - in the fall.  Touro's dean said he'd like to reduce the size of the incoming class substantially more if he could:

'It is the ethical and moral thing to do,' Touro Dean Lawrence Raful said in an interview. 'I don't think the [job] placement situation is going to turn around for a number of years and I think we are concerned about the ethics of turning out quite so many students in debt when we know that not everyone can get a job to pay off that debt.'

In fact, Mr. Raful added, 'If I had my druthers, I'd go from 280 students to 150, if I could afford it. Classes would be smaller and I'd feel pretty good about the quality of education in the small classes and pretty good about students' chances of placement.'

The article goes on to report that law school applications are down nationwide more than 12% and the job market is really bad - but you already know that.  You can read the rest of the NYLJ article here.


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