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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New York Shelves Plans for Three New Law Schools

New York State, with fifteen law schools and the most lawyers (153,552) in the United States, may not open three new law schools after all: the ABA Journal reports that plans for two new new public law schools (SUNY-Binghamton and SUNY-Stony Brook) and one new private law school (St. John Fisher College) are either "shelved indefinitely" or "face serious challenges."

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This is a needed first step. It might even be time to cull some of the existing schools.

First time NY bar takers from Syracuse Law failed the 2010 bar at a rate ten times that of Columbia Law grads. (30% fail and 3% fail, respectively.)

Posted by: The Comedian | Feb 1, 2011 8:12:18 AM

That is too bad. It is only by strengthening the contradictions that we can hope for revolution.

Posted by: Walter Sobchak | Feb 1, 2011 9:37:21 AM

They should just ignore the data and try to recruit Chemerinsky. Oh wait, UC Irvine did that, and now they are a "top" law school. Awesome.

Posted by: Bob | Feb 1, 2011 9:59:17 AM

I am unclear on why this is a needed step at all. The needed step is to reform the student debt situation, and not to protect licensed attorneys.

Posted by: Dan in Euroland | Feb 1, 2011 10:15:49 AM

Good idea! How about opening more medical schools?

Posted by: Nick Paleveda MBA J.D. LL.M | Feb 2, 2011 8:58:50 AM