Story here. The reality, of course, is that actual tuition is being cut across the country, as I have heard repeatedly from Deans at a wide variety of law schools, all of which are spending more on financial aid to attract the students they want. (I am surprised in the linked article by the comment attributed to Brian Tamanaha [Wash U/St. Louis], who is quoted as pronouncing that U of Arizon's tuition has to be even lower.)
...the non-issue that just won't die. For my earlier take, see this exchange with Yale's Peter Schuck. (I should disclose that I was invited to the Federalist Society event, but was already committed to a conference during those days; I would have declined in any case, since I don't think the topic is intellectually substantial.)
Larry Solum always has some very funny parodies. This is my favorite from yesterday's batch. Several years ago, Solum published such a good April Fool's parody of me that for two years afterwards I would get e-mails from overseas asking for copies of the paper!
The American Bar Association has announced that the current interim Consultant on Legal Education, Barry Currier, will permanently take on the job of Managing Director of Legal Education and Accreditation. This is a new title for the position of Consultant. Currier served as the Deputy Consultant from 2000-04.
Last week, Federal Judge William Walls (District of N.J.) denied Widener University School of Law's motion to dismiss in a case alleging that the law school provided misleading and
incomplete graduate employment rates in violation of New Jersey and Delaware Consumer
Fraud Acts. The opinion is here.
Here. It's basically a precis of the arguments from Tamanaha's book. It's a somewhat eclectic group of signatories (even including the person memorably described by Paul Horwitz as "essentially a journalist moonlighting as a law professor," but that's the nature of these letters, one often doesn't know who else is signing--Dick Posner told me Paul Carrington, former Dean at Duke, sent it to him, and he thought Carrington was one of the authors, which may be.) Besides Judge Posner, notable signatories include my former colleague Gerald Torres, a past President of the AALS, Richard Epstein, Lawrence Friedman, Geoffrey Hazard, and Dean Dan Rodriguez from Northwestern (who will be President of the AALS this coming year). It's pretty sensible, and hopefully the ABA will follow the main theme of the advice, which is less regulation, and thus more diversity, in legal education.
ADDENDUM: As one of the more notable signatories wrote me, "The presence of one person’s name on the statement about the costs of legal education almost caused me to ask that mine be removed." But the issue is, obviously, more important than one individual.