Thursday, April 3, 2014

Brooklyn Law School Announces the End of Discount Pricing

From the BLS Website:

"Brooklyn Law School’s (BLS) Board of Trustees today announced a 15 percent across-the-board tuition reduction, beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. The cost reduction program further enhances an evolving package of student-centric initiatives designed to address the national challenges of law school accessibility, affordability, and quality."

"Brooklyn Law School’s announcement follows a report released in January by the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, which stated that 'a widespread practice is to announce nominal tuition rates, and then pursue certain high LSAT or GPA students by offering substantial discounts (styled as scholarships) without regard to the recipient’s financial need. Other students, by contrast, receive little if any benefit from discounting and must rely extensively on borrowing to finance their education.' Similar issues have been raised by the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association."

As noted previously on this blog, Dean Allard has been a strong critic of discount pricing.  I hope that other law schools follow BLS (and La Verne which also recently announced an end to discount pricing) and end this unfair practice.  As I have written before, discount pricing hurts those who can afford it the least.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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It's interesting that in addition to an across the board cut, the school is continuing to offer merit scholarships. I wonder how they are funding the merit scholarships?

Posted by: David Raeker-Jordan | Apr 4, 2014 3:53:49 AM

I don't think this means the end of discount pricing. The announcement specifically states that it will continue offering "merit scholarships."

Posted by: Diane Curtis | Apr 4, 2014 3:20:26 AM

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