The presidents of the nine Massachusetts state colleges today called on the state Board of Higher Education to approve a UMass proposal to create the Commonwealth’s first public law school.
A public law school would create an “affordable pathway that allows for and encourages the pursuit of public service careers in the law,” the presidents said in a letter to Board of Higher education chairman Charles Desmond and higher education Commissioner Richard Freeland.
Under the UMass plan, the school would be part of UMass-Dartmouth. The nearby private Southern New England School of Law is donating its campus and assets to UMass, which plans to increase enrollment to sustain a public law school.
UMass law school would charge $23,565 a year in tuition and fees, nearly half of what it costs to attend Suffolk and New England law schools in Boston. The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal, which has already been approved by UMass trustees, on Feb. 2.
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