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Tuition & Duration of Law School On the Hot Seat

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Even President Obama, a former Constitutional Law professor, recently weighed in on the law school debate by suggesting that a third year of law school may not be necessary. While law school tuition continues to rise, the number of legal jobs has notably not kept pace with the increased costs.

So should law schools do away with a mandatory third year (note that some law schools may not require a third year but still require three years worth of credit – in other words, students still pay for three years)? Elie Mystal at Above The Law had an interesting take on this issue and the President’s comments. Here’s an excerpt:

Regardless of what you think about the value of the 3L year, the timing of Obama’s announcement is certainly curious. In June, Obama’s own Department of Education rubber-stamped ABA oversight over law school regulation and accreditation for another three years. Since the ABA is the organization most responsible for keeping law school at three years and preventing schools from experimenting with shorter programs, I can only assume that Obama’s statement was timed to be as useless as humanly possible…


Source: WSJ

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