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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

NYU Drops Med School Tuition. Will Law Schools Follow Suit?

Law.com, NYU Drops Med School Tuition. Will Law Schools Follow Suit?:

With medical students at New York University getting a nice surprise last week when administrators announced the elimination of tuition, the question is whether any law school will do the same.

The answer? “Unlikely.”

OK, it could happen, but legal education experts said they aren’t holding their breath. For one thing, most law schools are more dependent on tuition to cover their operating costs than are medical schools, which typically derive funding from a wider range of sources. And the law schools that are in the best position to eliminate tuition—elite institutions with massive endowments—by and large produce graduates who on the whole already earn high salaries.

“Though it may happen, I doubt a law school will go tuition free,” said Brian Tamanaha, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law who has written extensively about the economics of legal education. “Aside from the deleterious financial consequences such a move would visit on a law school, law graduates in general are not seen sympathetically, unlike medical school graduates, as altruistic people who provide an essential service to the public.”

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Comments

This sounds progressive, but if elite schools are free and state schools charge, it probably makes things worse

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Aug 21, 2018 2:55:52 AM

As I noted the other day, the 25-year total repayment of their legal education for the 1 in 4 NYU students who pay sticker will top $725,000.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Aug 21, 2018 7:39:22 AM

There's a big difference between medical schools and law schools. Almost everyone wants us to have enough doctors. Many people would like the idea of fewer lawyers around.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Aug 22, 2018 5:45:32 AM