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Law Schools Cutting Back in Down Economy

Turns out the ivory tower isn't insulated as many would believe. Just as law firms have been cutting lawyers from the ranks to deal with the current economic client, now law schools are doing the same. The Harvard Law Record details some of the cuts at Harvard Law School resulting from the downturn. For example, Harvard expects to reduce the number of events and conferences which it typically holds because now-struggling law firms are unable to sponsor them. Many of the Harvard law journals are also concerned about whether they can obtain funding for traditional activities such as symposia. And last month, the law school moved four of its neighborhood-based clinics to the Harvard campus to save on rent and staff.

Students are feeling the impacts of cutbacks directly as well, albeit in smaller ways. Dean of Students Ellen Cosgrove warned students that they could expect an end to free food for events and a cutback on coffee, which would be available until 10:15 a.m. instead of noon. 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on September 10, 2009 at 05:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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