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Law schools should award more scholarships based on need rather than merit, says dean (video)

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Law schools need to find ways to cut the expense of merit scholarships, which they “use to buy students…with high LSATs” to improve the schools’ U.S. News & World Report rankings, Brooklyn Law School Dean and Patton Boggs Partner Nicholas Allard tells Bloomberg Law’s Lee Pacchia. The money would be better spent on scholarships for students with financial need, he says.

Allard also discusses his law school’s two-year program, saying that the lack of a summer associateship on the students’ resumes won’t harm their employment chances because of their high quality. “Those two-year students will not be able to enter the job market in some of the traditional ways–you know, working as a summer associate in their second year, for example, in most cases–but they’re going to be highly attractive, motivated individuals entering the profession.”

See the video interview here.

Related article: “Brooklyn Law School’s two-year degree program eliminates breaks”

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