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Monday, April 4, 2011

Arizona State to Privatize by 2017, Plans Lowest Tuition Among Top 30 Law Schools

Arizona State logo State Press, Five-Year Plan Weans Law School Off State Funding:

In the face of severe budget cuts, ASU is looking to remove all state funding to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law by 2017, replacing the funds with tuition. The administration calls the change a move toward “self-sustaining” funding, a model that will allow ASU officials to develop plans for the college without worrying about state money.

Law school Dean Paul Schiff Berman said the college currently has the fourth lowest tuition of the country’s top 40 law schools, and as the school moves into the top 30, will have the lowest tuition among its peers. This difference in cost and quality will allow the school to substantially increase tuition while maintaining and even expanding enrollment

Arizona State ranks 40th in the latest U.S. News Law School Rankings; they ranked 55th two years ago. (Hat Tip: Above the Law.)

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Let me get this straight: law schools talk about "social justice" but then privatize themselves so they can make money without worrying about their public responsibilities. And we wonder why the country is turning conservative?

Posted by: mike livingston | Apr 5, 2011 2:42:05 PM