New York Times, Brooklyn Law School Offers a Safety Net for New Students:
Beginning with students entering this year — whether in two-, three- or four-year programs — Brooklyn Law School is offering to repay 15 percent of total tuition costs to those who have not found full-time jobs nine months after graduating. That, according to school officials, is how long it typically takes graduates to get such jobs and, if necessary, to obtain the requisite licenses. ...
The introduction of the program, called Bridge to Success, comes as law school graduates across the country face increasing competition in a depressed job market that is only slowly recovering from the economic downturn. ...
Last year Brooklyn Law School, which had a total enrollment of 1,117 in the 2014-15 academic year, reduced its tuition by 15 percent, so that students entering this year pay $43,237 on average per year. ...
Now, with the tuition-reimbursement plan, the school is offering ... new students additional financial relief. To qualify, students must take the bar exam after graduating, though they need not pass it. They must also demonstrate that they have actively searched for full-time work and have made use of the school’s career resources. The 15 percent reimbursement applies only to out-of-pocket tuition expenses, including loan payments; scholarships and grants are not covered.
Mr. Allard, the school’s dean, explained that the program was meant to motivate students to seek out career resources on campus and to give them time to seek a job they want, rather than settle for the first option that comes along because of financial pressure.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- NY Court Dismisses Placement Data Fraud Lawsuit Against Brooklyn Law School (Apr. 26, 2013)
- Brooklyn Law School to Permit Dismissal of Tenured Faculty for Lack of Collegiality or Poor Student Evaluations (Apr. 26, 2013)
- Brooklyn Dean Responds to New Standards for Dismissal of Tenured Faculty (May 1, 2013)
- Tenured Brooklyn Law Prof Files ABA Complaint Against School (May 13, 2013)
- Brooklyn Law School Responds to Tenured Prof's ABA Complaint (May 14, 2013)
- Brooklyn President Steps Down, Leaving Dean in Sole Charge of Law School Amidst Tenured Prof's ABA Complaint (June 17, 2013)
- Brooklyn Dean: Law Schools Use Merit Scholarships To Boost Rankings (Oct. 11, 2013)
- Brooklyn Law School Faces Debt Downgrade (Oct. 17, 2013)
- S&P Downgrades Many Law Schools, Thomas Jefferson Falls to Junk Bond Status (Dec. 7, 2013)
- Brooklyn Law School Cuts Tuition by 15% (Apr. 3, 2014)
- NY Times: Brooklyn's Bold Move to Reduce Merit Scholarships to Survive the Law School Crisis (Apr. 5, 2014)
- Four Law Schools' Debt Classified as 'Junk Bonds' (Apr. 22, 2014)
- Brooklyn Law School Dean: 15% Tuition Cut Benefits Everyone, Not Just Students (June 25, 2014)
- WSJ: MBE, Brooklyn Dean Debate Cause of Declining Bar Pass Rates: Students or the Test? (Nov. 11, 2014)
- NY Times: Law Schools Deploy 'Business Boot Camps' to Better Equip Students for Today's Job Market (Feb. 13, 2015)
- Brooklyn Law School Dean Calls For Audit of MBE (Mar. 27, 2015)