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Rising cost of legal education sparked
creation of ABA task force

February 25, 2015
William C. Hubbard

Reprinted with permission from Indiana

When printed in black and white, the numbers are startling. 

At public law schools, the average tuition and fees across the country for in-state residents skyrocketed 123 percent between 2003 and 2013. Private law schools were marginally better, logging an increase of 64 percent, according to a 2014 analysis by Robert Kuehn, professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

And, as the class of 2013 accepted their law degrees and entered the job market, they carried more than $4 billion in debt.

Questions swirl as to why there has been a substantial price increase and whom to blame for it. The consequence has been linked to the decline in applications to law schools – a 38 percent drop from 2010 to 2014 – and the acceptance, some say, of lesser-credentialed students.

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