Friday, August 2, 2013

U. New Mexico School of Law reports 50% drop in applications since 2007

A university representative reports that due to careful growth management during the past several years, the law school is weathering the storm much better than others.  It does not expect to lay-off any of its 50 or so faculty members and will use visitors rather than new hires to fill vacancies.  The good news is that the dean says in-state hiring for N.M. grads has improved.

From the Santa Fe New Mexican: 

UNM law school sees drop in applications

A steep decline in applications at The University of New Mexico’s School of Law is forcing the school to re-evaluate its future and put faculty expansion on hold, university officials announced this week.

The school’s new dean, David Herring, is conducting a strategic planning process after the university saw a nearly 50 percent drop in applications in six years, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Numbers provided to the Journal show the UNM law school has had a drop in applications from 1,200 in 2007 to about 650 this year.

According to UNM provost Chaouki Abdallah, the decline in enrollment, along with a shrinking law workforce, has administrators looking at different ways the law school should transform.

“We’re monitoring this very carefully. Our law school is very different from most law schools. We didn’t grow as much as others,” Abdallah said.

The school has about 30 tenure and tenure-track faculty members and about 20 other professors and instructors.

Abdallah said the school’s limited growth has helped it do well in a time when other law schools have had to shrink faculty size due to declining enrollments.

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