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GWU Joins Lengthening List of Law Schools Opting to Reduce Class Size


Add another institution of legal learning to the lengthening list of those dealing with the recessionary economy by reducing the size of the incoming class.

George Washington University Law School says it hopes to reduce enrollment in the first-year class from last year’s 474 to below 450, the National Law Journal reports.

Dean Paul Schiff Berman, who started work in that role a year ago, said he had planned from the outset to cut the first-year class. His resolve was strengthened, he said, when applications dropped 15 percent or so at GWU, just as they did on average at law schools nationwide.

The University of California Hastings College of the Law made a similar announcement last month.

And Albany Law School, Creighton University School of Law and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center were among those that reduced their incoming class size last year, according to the NLJ and an earlier ABAJournal.com post.

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