Hamline Law among schools cutting faculty in response to enrollment drop


The reduced number of students attending law school is creating upheaval in the nation's law schools. A Wall Street Journal account that reviews cost-cutting by law schools highlights trouble with declining enrollment and faculty cuts at the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul.

The Business Journal breaks down the paywalled story, with news that Hamline expects 100 students to enter its law school this fall, down by more than half since 2010.

Hamline has eliminated one-fifth of its full-time legal educators; since 2010, Hamline's full-time faculty is down by 18 percent. Ten faculty members took early retirement and four more will retire in the coming year. It was recently announced that Hamline Law Dean Don Lewis is exiting to return to private practice in St. Paul.

The law blog Lawyers, Guns & Money offered a post asking, "Is Hamline Law School on its Last Legs?" It questions whether the school can remain viable, and suggests that incoming law students should ask about the school's contingency plans if the university should close the law school.

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