Legal assistants are changing the industry, says law dean

November 29, 2012 The dean and president of Vermont Law School, Marc Mihaly, has advanced the opinion that the shortage in legal jobs, and the resultant 25 per cent decrease in law school enrollments, is caused in part by an increasing reliance on legal assistants that are specialised but without legal qualification.

At Vermont law school a drastic drop in enrolment at Vermont Law School caused a budget shortfall of $3.3 million. The school is offering voluntary buyout packages for staffers, and might extend offers to faculty as well. The school plans to increase revenue by offering additional LL.M, online and certificate programs in environmental law.

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