Sunday, November 2, 2008

Free Law School!

Free law school! No this isn't another Obama campaign promise. Unlike his campaign promises this is actually going to happen. Students who enroll at the University of California’s new law school in Irvine next fall will get their legal education for free.
The law school is giving full tuition scholarships worth about $100,000 to its first 2009 class of about 60 students, the National Law Journal reports.
Charles Cannon, assistant dean of development and external affairs at the law school, told the publication UC Irvine hopes to attract high-quality students with the offer. The free tuition is expected to cost the school about $6 million, he said.
The school is seeking donations to cover the scholarships and has so far raised about a third of the money.
The story also reports that the law school had originally called itself the Donald Bren School of Law in honor of a $20 million donor, but the school is dropping the name. It will be called the University of California, Irvine, a name that is parallel to other UC schools.