Tuesday, May 1, 2012
This is a good move. It'll be interesting to see how many other law schools - outside the very elite which aren't under the same market pressures - follow suit by voluntarily downsizing their own entering classes. Hastings has more flexibility than other law schools because it's a stand-alone institution and thus isn't beholden to a larger university that often relies on the law school to balance its own budget.
Several blogs are carrying the full story including Hastings College cutbacks a response to legal education's 'crisis' via The National Law Journal, The Shrinking Law School via Inside Higher Ed, Hastings to Cut Law School Enrollment by 20 Percent Over Next Three Years via the ABA Journal Blog, and Hastings College of Law ‘Fixes’ Things by Reducing Students via JD Journal.