Under the plan, the state’s only law school would remain in Concord for the foreseeable future but would be renamed the University of New Hampshire School of Law, pending approval by the American Bar Association and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The earliest the ABA would consider the merger is August, said John D. Hutson, the law center’s president and dean. In the meantime, committees will be appointed to explore how best to integrate the schools’ academic programs and administrations.
Great, just what we need, another private third tier law school and public university merger under the guise of serving students who want to go into public interest law. What I think is that these third tier law schools believe it is easier to con more students from these public universities into applying to their law school through joint pre-law college classes and programs.
Before UNH students drop off their law school apps, here is a huge piece of information that the Boston Globe article omits:
Tuition at Franklin Pierce is steep, even by the lofty standards of private law schools. For a full-time student during the 2009-2010 academic year, the bill comes to $36,900, not including books and university fees. Students are also advised to budget about $12,000 for living expenses, bringing the annual cost of attendance closer to $60,000.
...Although not many of them work in high-paying “biglaw” jobs in Boston or New York, most Franklin Pierce graduates do find some kind of work. Most recently, 65.8% of the class had employment at the time of graduation, and within 9 months, 95.5% had found work. For those working in the private sector, the average starting salary was an impressive $95,000, compared to $48,500 for those working in the public sector. It should be noted, however, that average salary statistics tend to be self-reported and often do not reflect the entire graduating class, so that $95,000 (which is markedly higher than that of similarly ranked law schools) figure should be viewed with some skepticism.
Hah. I don't know where the 95.5% employment statistic comes from (I'm guessing from Franklin Pierce or the ABA) but it does state that most graduates do not find high-paying biglaw jobs in Boston or New York . So where exactly are these students "working"? McDonalds?