Law Schools

Open Thread: Free Law School in California

UC Irvine logo.JPGAt UC-Irvine, you get what you pay for:

The new law school at the University of California, Irvine has dropped its original name, the Donald Bren School of Law, and plans to offer full tuition scholarships to students who enroll in the school’s first semester in fall 2009.

This is excellent, because what we need right now more than anything are additional law schools.

UC-Irvine intends to focus on public interest law. It makes sense that students won’t have any debt, since they are going to have a hard time earning money.

According to an assistant dean at the new law school, the full-ride offer should give Irvine a competitive advantage:

Originally, the school … had planned to offer full tuition scholarships to about half that class; but, in an effort to lure high-quality students and compete with other top 20 law schools, UC Irvine School of Law has expanded that program, he said. While the law school has not yet determined the cost of its tuition, each scholarship is anticipated to be about $100,000, given an estimated rate of about $33,000 per year,

Let’s play a little game: what is the highest ranked school you would turn down to go to UC-Irvine for free? Stanford? Boalt? Bangladesh?

Statistically insignificant evidence is sure to follow.

Irvine, Calif., law school gets new name, offers first class full tuition scholarships [National Law Journal]

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