M & A Law Prof Blog

Editor: Brian JM Quinn
Boston College Law School

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

UMass-Law: Hello World.

According to SouthCoastToday.com:

The state Board of Higher Education this morning voted unanimously to approve plans for a public law school at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth.

Immediately after the vote was announced, more than 250 audience members inside the Large Ballroom at Bridgewater State College erupted in applause, many of them standing.

Now that all the regulatory hurdles have been cleared, this acquisition will move quickly to closing.  Apparently, they will be enrolling their first class this fall.

The Herald News of Fall River provides more details:

The UMass law school, to be created at the Souther New England School of Law, will initially enroll 278 students, slightly higher than its enrollment this year. It will admit more students each year, reaching 559 in 2017-’18, according to the proposal.

The ultimate attraction will be American Bar Association accreditation, which UMass expects to receive provisionally by the academic year 2011-’12. To get there, UMass plans to increase student GPA rates, LSAT scores, student-faculty ratio and rate of students passing the bar exam on their first try. 

The investment in reaching national accreditation will total $13.8 million over a five-year span.  Tuition and fees will be kept thousands of dollars below costs at private schools. In-state students will pay $23,565, and out-of-state students $31,209.



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