Law Schools

$4.4M slashed from budget, 12 laid off at Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Lackluster enrollment is being blamed for a $4.4 million budget cut at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The cut means that 12 adjunct faculty and staff members at the San Diego school will lose their positions.

In addition to the staff cuts, 14 classes that had limited enrollment or were highly specialized were eliminated, Dean Thomas Guernsey told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Thomas Jefferson had anticipated 350 incoming law students, but only saw 250 sign up.

Guernsey, who replaced Dean Rudy Hasl on July 1, told the paper that the cuts will help the school continue to pay down its debt on schedule. Thomas Jefferson opened a 305,000-square-foot building in downtown San Diego in 2011, putting the school $133 million in debt.

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