1973 - Should a Law School be Established at the University of Massachusetts?
The desire for a state law school in Massachusetts is nothing new. A 1973 article from the Boston Bar Journal (available here via HeinOnline's Bar Journal Library) discusses the viability of a UMass law school with many of the same pros/cons as in the 2009 debate. Read more. . .
Interestingly many of the arguments in favor of a public law school are identical to today:
1. Scarcity of places in Massachusetts Law Schools. The article notes that 15,961 applicants to Mass. law schools were turned down in the 1971 admission year.
2. Cheaper tuition. Tuition of $2000 is too high for many students. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator this is $10,683 in 2009 dollars.
|School||1971 Tuition||1971 Tuition in 2009 Dollars||Actual 2009 Tuition|
|New England Law School||850||4540||38,500|
All tuition figures from:
Charles H. Jr Lewis, Should a Law School Be Established at the University of Massachusetts, 17 Boston Bar Journal 23 (1973).
All figures are tuition+fees only per year and do not include books or living expenses.
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