Saturday, January 6, 2018
Law.com, Proposed Changes to Student Loans Worry Law School Association's New President:
We caught up with incoming AALS President Wendy Perdue, dean at the University of Richmond School of Law, to discuss her goals for the association, the apparent boost in law school applicants this year, and whether the closure of some schools is good for legal education. ...
How is the mood at the annual meeting? Are deans and faculty optimistic that legal education is poised to rebound?
You can’t be a dean without being optimistic. Among deans, we are always hopeful about the future. I think the concern right now is the pending education bill that would dramatically limit access to loan funds for graduate students. The house bill, at the moment, caps graduate borrowing at $28,500 and would eliminate public service loan forgiveness, that’s of great concern to all law deans. ...
Is the closure of some law schools a good or bad thing for legal education as a whole?
The number of schools closing is relatively small, so the overall impact is not very much when you think of the reduction of seats available in law schools. The last six years have been tumultuous, and I think a lot of people thought we’d see more closures earlier. Frankly, I think it reflects the value universities have put on legal education that we went a long time without schools closing.
Above the Law, Changes To Federal Loan Program Could Be Catastrophic For Law Students