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New UMass Law School Is Unexpected Cash Cow; Extra Enrollment Helps Raise Nearly $1M

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When the University of Massachusetts was considering whether to accept the offered donation of Southern New England School of Law’s assets, some objected that the state’s acquisition of the private institution could prove costly.

So far, however, the opposite has been true: The UMass School of Law at Dartmouth not only is covering its own expenses but is giving back to the university because of higher-than-expected enrollment, SouthCoast Today reports.

“It’s subsidizing the taxpayer,” Jean MacCormack, who serves as chancellor of the Dartmouth campus, tells the newspaper. “It’s sending $918,000 to the commonwealth, and the commonwealth is not sending any money to it.”

A total of 168 new students were enrolled for the current academic year, 45 more than expected.

Earlier coverage: “U Mass Prez Backs Plan to Create State’s 1st Public Law School” “Higher Ed Board Approves Plan for Public Mass. Law School” “Southern New England-Turned-UMass Law School Gets 400 Applications” “U Mass Welcomes 1st Law School Class”

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