Hastings College of Law cuts admissions
The University of California Hastings College of Law has decided to admit 20% less students this year, as part of an effort to shift legal education to better respond to the realities of the legal services market.
Chancellor Frank Wu said: ‘The critics of legal education are right…There are far too many law schools and there are too many law students and we need to do something about that.”
Wu says the problems faced by law schools are part of a larger shift in the legal industry that has people questioning the value of a JD and filing lawsuits over allegedly misleading job statistics from law schools.
The National Law Journal reports that loans for law school tuition for students who will graduate in 2015 and 2016 will average $195,265 and $200,595 respectively.
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