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U of Baltimore Law School to Retain More Money After Outgoing Dean's Protest


The University of Baltimore School of Law will retain more of its own money after the school’s outgoing dean aired his complaints about the use of law school money for university initiatives.

The law school will get an extra $1 million a year for the next five years, report the Baltimore Sun and the National Law Journal. University president Robert Bogomolny announced the increased operating budget after a university committee reviewed the funding arrangement between the law school and the university.

Law dean Phillip Closius had claimed in a widely distributed resignation letter this summer that the university had taken about 45 percent of the money generated by law school tuition, fees and state subsidies for the prior academic year. Bogomolny had refuted that figure, saying much of the money went to pay the law school’s operating costs. Bogomolny said the university kept only 13.7 percent of law school revenue.

Law professor Michael Meyerson chaired the funding committee. He told the National Law Journal it’s difficult to calculate the amount of law school money turned over to the university because of different ways to determine costs.

“You have the example of the security guard in the law school lobby,” Meyerson told the legal publication. “That’s not a direct cost to the law school, so how do you account for it? It’s the same thing with software and other overhead costs.”

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