New York Spared a 16th Law School, for Now

Emily Melas, Daniel O’Connor, and Nate Fleming, “Plans for law school tabled by BU officials,” in Pipe Dream (State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton newspaper)

It appears SUNY Binghamton’s law school has gone wherever law schools go when they’re tabled indefinitely, like Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania.

“There are law schools right now who are not filling up their seats, there are graduates from law schools who aren’t getting jobs, and so the environment right now to found a new law school isn’t a particularly favorable one,” [Vice President for Academic Affairs Brian] Rose said.

Remember, it’s good to open law schools as long as it appears that law schools are doing well. Graduates’ long term outcomes aren’t to be considered. Okay, that’s not true; they do consider graduates’ long term outcomes but only in the most outrageously irresponsible manner conceived, such as Indiana Tech.

In order to create an accredited law school, the University took steps to gain approval from the New York State Division of the Budget, the SUNY Board of Trustees, the Board of Regents and the governor, as well as the American Bar Association. The University secured $3 million in state funding for the initial design and planning stages of the law school.

Please don’t say the $3 million has already been disbursed.

As to more law schools in New York … Query: What are the actual graduation plus nine-month outcomes for SUNY Buffalo and City University of New York law grads? What are their five-year career outcomes? Twenty-year outcomes? What about New York’s other 13 private law schools? The rest in the region? The J.D. plants in New England?

Also, since law degrees are very easy to find in the northeast, why should New York’s taxpayers (esp. the ones who already have to subsidize all the real estate speculators midstate and upstate who just got their property taxes capped) subsidize training for something they can import from elsewhere? Or worse, subsidize training that can be exported to different states?

Public legal education may be cheap, but is it necessary?

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4 Responses

  1. Mother Jesus Fucking Christ! Do these people NEVER LEARN????? What part of TWICE AS MANY GRADUATES AS THERE ARE JOBS do they not get? Oh, I get it, they’re listening to their accountants and moneymen who are telling them that law schools are cash cows.

  2. “There are law schools right now who are not filling up their seats, there are graduates from law schools who aren’t getting jobs, and so the environment right now to found a new law school isn’t a particularly favorable one,” [Vice President for Academic Affairs Brian] Rose said.
    —————————————————

    I suspect that the administration is much more concerned with the part about being able to fill the seats than they are about students finding employment. If they were truly concerned about the employment issue then they never would have considered opening up a new law school in the first place.

    Their concerns about not being able to fill their seats are overblown. They could just simply reduce their admissions standards as low as possible and reach out to people who never thought they could qualify for law school. It would only take a little bit of marketing to sell lemmings on the life of bottles and models.

    Here’s a cartoon I made explaining why colleges are so eager to open up new law schools:

  3. I’m sure they burned through most of that $3 million. It is always easy to spend someone else’s money. In the event that SUNY Birmingham has not used all of those funds, they will likely try to spend that on other academic programs.

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