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U of Miami Urges 1st-Years to Defer; Legal Job Market Is Uncertain, Dean Says

Posted Jul 1, 2009 11:26 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Due to an unexpected deluge of deposit checks from accepted applicants this year, the University of Miami School of Law is urging incoming students to consider deferring their first year of law school until the fall of 2010.

Especially if they weren't all that convinced that the legal profession is the best career choice and simply saw law school as a safe harbor in which to weather out the current economic storm, deferring enrollment may be the best option, suggests Dean Patricia White in an e-mail reprinted in Above the Law.

The law is a difficult and demanding career, and the nature of legal profession seemingly may be undergoing significant change, writes White. "It is very difficult to predict what the employment landscape for young lawyers will be in May 2012 and thereafter."

Details about deferral incentives are discussed on the law school's website.

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