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Northwestern trims class size by 10 percent, raises tuition

Posted Mar 11, 2013 12:04 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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In response to what it characterizes as a "shifting legal economy," Northwestern University School of Law has announced it will trim its incoming class by 10 percent and increase tuition, albeit nominally.

The reduction, which means 20 to 25 fewer law students will be enrolled in this fall's class, is in response to a lack of jobs in the legal market.

The class size reduction is one of three "first steps" the school intends to take, according to a news release.

Tuition will increase by 3 percent and the school will increase its investment in need- and merit-based financial aid by at least 25 percent during the next two years.

“We can’t ignore the destabilizing forces that the legal industry is facing today,” Dean Daniel Rodriguez said in the release. “Through our strategic process, currently actively under way, we are making every effort to be compassionate and smart during these challenging economic times."

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