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Brooklyn Law School Freezes Salaries

New York City’s Brooklyn Law School has announced it will freeze faculty salaries, in order to keep 2009 tuition increases low.

Dean Joan G. Wexler discussed the issue in a letter to students:

… I am writing to let you know that when the School sets tuition for the next academic year, we will be mindful of the current difficult economic times and the financial pressures that you face.

Over the past five years, annual tuition increases have been approximately 6.2% for entering students and 5% for upperclass students. I anticipate that any increase for the 2009-10 academic year will be substantially lower…


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… All departmental budgets will be carefully reviewed, but we will be able to keep our tuition increase to a minimum by foregoing salary increases for deans and almost all administrators, faculty, and staff in the coming year. The savings will be passed on to you.

… We are imposing this limit on our tuition increase not because we have to, but because we are able to, and because we know it will help you deal with these challenging economic times.

Brooklyn Law School’s faculty includes 68 full-time professors and five emeriti faculty. It also draws on a large body of practitioners, public officials and judges as adjunct faculty to teach specialized courses.


Brooklyn Law School freezes faculty salaries so as to keep the tuition increases low and being mindful of the current difficult economic times. This limit is imposed not because the institution has to but they want to help people deal with the challenging economic situations. By carefully reviewing departmental budgets, the tuition fees have been kept to a bare minimum by foregoing salary increases for deans and staff.

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  • Gary

    Brookl;yn Law School has gaul. They put out false employment statistics [misleading] and have the gaul to think a reduction in tuition,…IN A DEFLATIONARY ENVIRONMENT is doing anyone a favor ? ? ? ?

  • Erik Even

    Julius Caesar has Gaul. Brooklyn Law School has gall.

  • george

    If you think that the faculty freeze at brooklyn was a positive move to deal with the current economic crisis, consider the following facts:

    1.The salary freeze announced by the dean was supposed to justify a tuition freeze–but as the dean has made clear in letters to the students tuition will be limited to the same increase as last year which was 6% increase resulting in a tution of 42k plus for one year–one of the highest law schoo tutions in new york. Room and board for students was increased by 25 % last year. Limiting an increase to the increase last year would mean that Brooklyn maintains a profitable position for the 2009-10 academic year.

    2.The school has an on going building construction project for the entry to the main building which is purely cosmatic designed by one of the most expensive archectects in the city.The project has been delayed by german marble imported from germany. (The old entry was clean, functional and quite pleasant.) In a time of economic recession that now justifies a salary freeze one must wonder why the dean has decided to invest in a project that only put lipstick on the building without improving the functionality of the institution. the money could have been better spent on technology.

    3. The Dean has some of the best salary and benefit packages when compared to other deans in the New York law school community. She is given a luxury auto (a lexus) with a driver to take her to her home in Westhester even though she is also give a free apartment in the new law school dorminatory fully furnished. These expenses that go solely to the personal use of the Dean could finance several tuition scholarships.I mention this because a salary freeze is meaningless to anyone in her position.

    4.The dean of Brooklyn law school is paid a salary that is now more that the salary paid to President Obama. It is hard to justify a nearly $550 yearly salary for administering a non-profit academic institution and if the school were to take just 30 percent of dean salary to reduce student tuition the dean would stil be earning $385 K per year–more than fair for a dean salary.

    5. The dean was denied tenure at NY University school of Law and was able to become dean because of the support of the prior dean, Judge David Trager. This is relevant because it should be a factor in dermining what the dean salary should be in light of her experience.

    6. The three top faculty members earn in excess of $250k per year with benefits.

    So–if you are making the kind of salary that the dean makes or the three top paid faculty members, a salary freeze is not all that bad and if it serves the purpose of providing extra resourses for new building construction projects while mainating a 61/2 per cent tutition increase then it does make alot of sense. On the other hand, for the majority of the faculty at Brooklyn who earn under $150 the salary freeze means they are paying a greater percentage of the subsidy along with the student tuition that is now going to support the top wage earners at the school.

    Brooklyn Law School is a good example of how the current economy is being used by administrators and managers to act opportunistically by taking advantage of those most in need during the current economic downturn.

  • Richard Kurtz

    I agree. The law is the law, you can’t deny that…

  • Anonymous

    Hello. Great job. I did not expect this on a Wednesday. This is a great story. Thanks!

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