U. of California’s Hastings College of the Law Cuts Enrollment

In an acknowledgment of the changing landscape for legal education, the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law is reducing its enrollment by 20 percent over the next three years, The National Law Journal reported. “The critics of legal education are right,” Frank H. Wu, the college’s dean, told the journal. “There are too many law schools and too many law students.” Despite the nationwide drop in law-school applications, Hastings could have filled a class of 425, as it did last fall, Dean Wu said, “but to do so would be irresponsible.” The college is offsetting the anticipated loss of $2.1-million in tuition revenue by cutting nonfaculty jobs.

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