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Flat-Rate Law School Tuition?

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is a James E. Beasley Professor of Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. brad says:

    Another reason that the argument for undergraduates doesn’t work the same for law schools, is that state institutions with considerably lower tuition play a much smaller role in the law school market. Even more particularly, there are very few equivalents of the bottom tier of state schools which are both relatively inexpensive and relatively easy to get into.

    Which in turn means that low end private law schools have much stronger pricing power than low end private undergraduate schools, and so few (none?) are in the position of Converse College of being unable to charge “list price” to virtually anyone.

  2. Orin Kerr says:

    I think there’s a time element, too. Substantial discounting of tuition for “merit” scholarships is relatively new, and schools may assume that it is a short-term dynamic in response to the rapid decline in applications. If so, it can be phased out when the application numbers stabilize, whereas it is much harder to raise tuition back to where it was before if there is only one tuition rate.

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