Reversing a Trend, U. of Arizona Law School Cuts Tuition by 11 Percent

Attending law school at the University of Arizona will be slightly cheaper next year, thanks to a unanimous vote on Thursday by the Arizona Board of Regents.

The National Law Journal reported on Thursday that Arizona’s move marked “the first significant law-school tuition reduction” since enrollments at American law schools began dropping, in 2011. Law schools have seen their enrollments shrink as graduates try to cope with a dismal job market and steep debts from the high cost of tuition. Nationwide, law-school applications have dropped to 54,000 from almost 100,000 in 2004.

With the tuition cuts, Arizona residents will pay $24,381 to attend the James E. Rogers College of Law, a drop of 11 percent, and nonresident students will pay $38,841, an 8-percent drop. The regents left tuition unchanged at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of the Law, $26,267 for residents and $40,815 for nonresidents.

The University of Arizona’s law school will recoup the lost tuition revenue by expanding existing master’s and doctoral programs, introducing a master-of-laws program for nonlawyers, and reducing scholarships.

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