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UC Irvine to Offer Free Law School to Students


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MagnetMom December 26, 2008


In an effort to recruit the nation's best and brightest, the newest public university law school in California in over 40 years will be offering free tuition to the 60 students who are accepted to its inaugural class.


The article appears here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-12-26-law-school_N.htm


Would the allure of a free law degree make it worth the downside of applying to a fledgling school?


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MSMomm December 29, 2008


It depends on where these law students intend to go in their legal career. There are quite a few law firms that will hire the best of the best from many law schools, and there are other law firms that look only at the top law schools in the country to recruit.

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MagnetMom December 29, 2008


That's their intent, actually, MSMomm. They want to be nationally ranked from the very first ranking period. By offering free law school, they're attempting to get the best of the best to consider a school that they'd have to go into hock for otherwise.

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MSMomm December 29, 2008


I think it's a great opportunity for those who qualify. Law school can be very expensive, and for the first three years of tuition to be "free," that's great. I'd almost consider going ... :)

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SoCalGal January 1, 2009


This offer will certainly have an impact on those students considering UCLA and USC law schools - Dean Chemerinsky was a highly respected faculty member at USC and then Duke University.

However, I wonder if California's current budget crisis will impact this offer and how the school will handle the costs of out-of-state tuition.



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