Paul L. Caron

Thursday, March 15, 2007

California Regents Approve Policy Permitting Bigger Law School Tuition Increases

On Monday, we blogged the attempt by Dean Christopher Edley Jr. to convince the University of California Board of Regents to permit Boalt Hall to increase its tuition and fees at a higher rate than California's other public law schools (Law Students Want "a Great Education, Not a Cheap One").  Today's L.A. Times reports on the success of those efforts:  UC, Cal State Approve Fee Hikes, by Larry Gordon & Richard C. Paddock:

The regents set a 10% fee hike for law schools at UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC Davis and business schools at UCLA and UC Berkeley. A higher fee was imposed on the five schools on the assumption that most students will earn high salaries after they graduate....

Christopher Edley Jr., dean of Boalt Hall law school at UC Berkeley, had urged the regents to treat professional schools separately. Edley, who is seeking to restore the law school's national standing, also proposed a 16% fee hike for Boalt this year and for at least four more years. The regents declined to impose a higher increase for Boalt but adopted a policy allowing professional schools to be treated differently, setting the stage for bigger hikes in the future.

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