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Jun 17, 2016

DealBook P.M. Edition - June 17, 2016: Should Expensive, Low-Tier Law Schools Shut Down?

Friday, June 17, 2016
Should Expensive, Low-Tier Law Schools Shut Down? Law school student debt is ballooning at the same time employment prospects are dimming. 

While law school applications have dropped by nearly 40 percent, enrollment has dropped by only about 30 percent, and the number of full-time faculty members has dropped by less than 15 percent.

In such a world, low-tier law schools like Valparaiso essentially face the following choice: Admit a large number of marginal students, or shut down.
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