Three US law schools trim class sizes in response to tough job market

June 27, 2011 Three US law schools have announced plans to cut down their class sizes in response to the tough job market for qualified lawyers. Creighton University School of Law in Nebraska, and Touro Law Center and Albany Law School in New York have made the move to reduce the supply of debt laden graduates to a market that has little room to accommodate them.

“It is the ethical and moral thing to do,” said Lawrence Raful, Touro’s law dean. “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.”

But as The Lawyer points out, there are also other factors at play, including the fact that law school applications dropped by about 11 percent this year.


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