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Brooklyn Law School Announces Tuition Cut of 15 Percent

It was announced today by the Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Law School that a 15 percent across-the-board tuition reduction will take effect with the 2015-2016 academic year, according to The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Nicholas W. Allard, Joseph Crea Dean and Professor of Law, said, “This is what a true and broad-based tuition reduction program looks like. Today, BLS is saying ‘enough’ to the spiraling tuition hikes that burden many students. Brooklyn Law School’s action creates a model for attacking the national problem of skyrocketing tuition costs. Law school is still expensive, and this is by no means the total solution. It is, however, a very important step in the right direction.”

The initiatives from the law school try to reach a broader group of students by offering continued merit scholarships, increased need-based aid, the Dean Glasser Merit Scholarships for those with top GPAs, a freeze on tuition for current and incoming students, a larger loan repayment program and guaranteed below-market rate housing for students in their first year.

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Brooklyn Law School’s tuition reduction is a direct reflection of our strong financial position,” said Stuart Subotnick, Chairman of Brooklyn Law School’s Board of Trustees. “Through the generous support of alumni, opportunistic sales of unneeded real estate, and sensible cost reduction, BLS’s finances enable us to aggressively invest wisely in our educational programs and our students.”

Allard continued with, “Over its 113-year history, BLS has been a pioneer, opening its doors to women, minorities, and the less advantaged. We have provided a gateway to opportunity. Tuition reduction continues that tradition. This package of student-focused initiatives is the latest and most important step in Brooklyn Law School’s ongoing efforts to address the costs of legal education and the ability of law students to meet a fundamentally changing legal profession.”

Allard also said that lowering the tuition at the school is not just about the school itself.

“This is about addressing issues that every law school is grappling with – allowing qualified students from all backgrounds to become attorneys. It’s about students being able to graduate from law school without crushing debt. In turn, it’s about untold millions of Americans being able to have access to quality, affordable legal services.”

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