Two US law schools reduce admissions: “It is the ethical and moral thing to do”

March 15, 2011 A range of commentators have criticised US law schools for offering expensive education that offers no guarantee of a legal career in a tough economic climate. Though the law schools are not scrambling to reduce fees, there are some moves to at least freeze tuition costs. And now we are seeing some law schools cutting down their admissions in recognition of the sluggish job market for graduates.

Albany Law School and Touro Law Center in Central Islip have announced that their schools each would admit 10 fewer students.

“It is the ethical and moral thing to do,” Touro Dean Lawrence Raful said in an interview. “I don’t think the [job] placement situation is going to turn around for a number of years and I think we are concerned about the ethics of turning out quite so many students in debt when we know that not everyone can get a job to pay off that debt.”

Commentators have pointed out that reducing admissions by a mere ten students does not go far enough to address the problem.


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