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Friday, August 15, 2014

Law - Michigan law school faculty and staff cuts said to be 50% to 70%

Belinda Thurston reports today in the Lansing City Pulse - here are a few quotes from the long story:

THURSDAY, Aug. 14 – Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is delivering pink slips to faculty and staff in all of its Michigan campuses.

Sources in Lansing who are being laid off say the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent, according to one. Another said the impact could be as high as 70 percent. A Cooley spokesman disputed the amount, but said he did not have numbers. * * *

Last month WMU Cooley Law School announced its Ann Arbor campus would not be accepting entering freshmen. It stated at that time that faculty and staff layoffs were coming.

WMU Cooley Law School has seen more than a 40 percent drop in enrollment over the past few years. Cooley has raised tuition by 9 percent. S&P gave it a negative rating at the end of last year.

The cuts' “came about as a result of decreased enrollment which most if not all law schools have seen,” Robb said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 15, 2014 09:06 PM
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