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Can NY Support Any More Law Schools? Doubts Stall Plans for Three New Campuses

Posted Jan 28, 2011 9:40 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Updated: Plans for three new law schools in New York have hit the skids or slowed considerably.

Plans for two of the schools have been “shelved indefinitely,” the New York Law Journal reports, in an article reprinted by the New York Lawyer. They would have been built by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and by the private St. John Fisher College.

A proposal for a third law school—by SUNY at a Binghamton location—faces "serious challenges," its provost told the publication. At the earliest, the school would open in 2017.

The New York Law Journal says the stalled plans are attributable to “an ailing economy, state government budget woes and doubts about whether there are enough legal jobs to support the new schools in addition to the 15 existing ones.”

In 2009, New York had about 153,000 lawyers, more than any other state, according to the ABA.

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