Obama: Law schools should think about being ‘two years instead of three’

August 23, 2013

Stopping at New York's Binghamton University for a town hall meeting during his college affordability bus tour, President Obama, suggested law schools cut the years they require of students by one-third.

"This is probably controversial to say, but what the heck? I’m in my second term, so I can say it," he said. "I believe, for example, that law schools would probably be wise to think about being two years instead of three years.”

Cheekily alluding to several GOP state chairmen's suggestions that he was a "lame duck president," Obama, a law school graduate himself,  promoted his plan for more affordable education, which includes rating colleges by cost.

The president's suggestion comes in light of new numbers that show bar applications are down by 13.4 percent from the previous year. Law school enrollment is also down 7 percent from last year.

Ruth Tam is a writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @ruthetam.
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