Another Massachusetts Law School?
There are just a few law schools in the Boston area and yesterday the Board of Higher Education approved a new competitor with the conversion of Southern New England School of Law into a public Massachusetts law school. UMass Dartmouth, which is adopting Southern New England, is supposed to operate free of state dollars and eventually turn a profit according to a Boston Globe article. Dean Garvey said last week in the state of the school that the model where the law school sends money to the university has been reversed with increasing expenditures on financial aid and school resources supported by the larger institution. Thus, one has to wonder how UMass Dartmouth plans to turn a profit with an in-state tuition and no current ABA accreditation. Most important what will the impact be on the already crowded Boston legal market?