What law schools can teach colleges about lowering tuition

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two years into his presidency at Roger Williams University, Donald Farish still could not understand why its law school was charging students $41,400 a year. With law schools seeing huge declines in applicants as legal jobs dried up, something needed to be done. “It was time we confronted the reality,” Farish said.

So the law school slashed its tuition by 18 percent this year, adding Roger Williams to a long list of law schools trying to bring back students by doing something extraordinary with their prices: lowering them.

Law schools at public universities dropped their median tuition by an average of 5 percent in 2011 and another 8 percent in 2012, according to the American Bar Association, as private law school tuition increased by an annual average of only 4 percent, the lowest in 26 years.

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