Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Kansas City Business Journal: KU Law Targets Smaller Classes Now and In Future:
The University of Kansas School of Law will have a significantly smaller incoming class this fall — and in future years for the foreseeable future.
Faced with dwindling applications, law schools across the country either are slashing class sizes or admitting students with inferior credentials. Dean [and Tax Prof] Stephen Mazza said KU set a target of 120 students this year and may end up a bit below that.
By contrast, there are 175 students graduating this year and about 140 each in the first-year and second-year classes.
there are several unique aspects to KU's announcement that make it especially noteworthy.
First, the reduction as a percentage of enrollment in prior years is large: from 175 students graduating this year to a target of 120 students for the 2013 entering class and those that follow.
Equally significant, it appears that KU didn’t have to take this laudable step. The dean said that applications were down only about 10%—far less than at many other schools. Moreover, an impressive 82% of 2012 graduates secured long-term jobs where a J.D. was required or preferred—a figure far above the national average.
As an added bonus, a KU legal education is a relative bargain when compared to what many other schools offer: $18,600 tuition for full-time students who are state residents; $31,500 for those who hail from outside Kansas. ...
[K]udos to dean Stephen Mazza and the University of Kansas School of Law. He’s been dean only since April 2011, but he’s already making a profound difference in the way that matters most—one person at a time.