Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Plans to open two new law schools scuttled while others forge ahead

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone given all the recent press about the high-debt, low job prospects for recent law grads. The National Law Journal is reporting that plans for at least two new law schools, one in Texas and the other in Delaware, have been shelved for the time being. What is more surprising is that other schools are still forging ahead with their plans. That includes schools in Louisiana, New York, and Tennessee.  A few others that were on the drawing board only a couple of years ago have already opened. From the National Law Journal:

The university [of Delaware] is the latest in a string of colleges that have backed away from plans to new law schools. In the summer of 2008, at least 11 new law schools were being discussed. Of those:

• Three have opened (Concordia University in Boise, Idaho; the University of California, Irvine School of Law; and Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Tenn.). 

• One is slated to open next fall (Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tenn.). 

• Another is scheduled to open as early as 2012 (the Judge Paul Pressler School of Law in Shreveport, La., part of the Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College).

But nearly all the others have been abandoned or placed on indefinite hold, with a few exceptions.

Officials at the State University of New York at Binghamton continue to push forward with plans for a new law school, although they still would have to clear multiple levels of approval from the governor and state budget officials, said campus spokeswoman Gail Glover.

"Binghamton University's plans for a law school continues to move forward, and we are still hopeful that we will open the doors academically in 2017-18," Glover said.

You can read the rest here.


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