In an effort to reduce the loan burden holding down top-tier potential law students' decisions to attend private schools over more affordable public ones, Seton Hall University has extended its merit-based tuition discount program to its law school for the 2013-14 academic year.
"As the law school market is now facing a national problem with lower enrollment, a lot of schools have decided to reduce their standards to increase their numbers. But through this program, Seton Hall is maintaining its standards while also attracting more candidates," said Jeremy Farrell, an associate of the Morristown office of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP and a member of Seton Hall Law's alumni council. "It's a helpful tool to attract the best talents both in and out of New Jersey, and when those kids graduate, they're going to be well placed as the most competitive job candidates in the state."
Unlike traditional graduate-level merit-based scholarships, which typically are offered to admitted students on a case-by-case basis, Seton Hall Law's program will automatically slash tuition by more than 50 percent — from $47,330 to $22,330 — for all full-time first-year law students from all states who meet the academic criteria for the discount: an LSAT score of 158 or higher and an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above. Seton Hall University enacted tuition cuts for undergraduate students who qualified last fall, but the law school will be the first graduate program to carry the torch.
Seton Hall Law School Dean Patrick E. Hobbs said in a statement the university extended its tuition reduction program to the law school because "the legal industry is undergoing substantial change, and for those who choose law, we have a duty to respond in a meaningful way — making legal education more practice-oriented and employment-focused, as well as more affordable."