UC Hastings Law School recently announced their plans to reduce admissions to the incoming class by 20%, in response to the declining applications to law school and job prospects for law school graduates.

"The critics of legal education are right," said  the chancellor and dean of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. "There are too many law schools and there are too many law students and we need to do something about that."

The school has already undertaken the steps necessary to accommodate the lesser influx of students, and thus tuition, by eliminating 20 staff positions.

In addition to responding to the bleaker outlook for law school grads and recently licensed attorneys, the school is hoping to be part of a movement to discourage underqualified students from pursuing law school, who might struggle to graduate, pass the bar exam, or find a job. (Although personally, I'm not sure these are the types of students Hastings is apt to admit, even in times of less applications overall.)

The hope is to transform law school into schools that train future lawyers for job market realities.

"Every law school is either going to [not] fill your class and you have a huge budget shortfall, or you fill your class with people who to be honestly shouldn't be in law school. And you're not helping them."

 

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