Two Law School Crisis Updates
1. Hamline and William Mitchell College of Law have requested the right to merger from the ABA. The merger looks like Hamline is basically going out of existence even though it is slightly higher ranked.
2. Washington and Lee Law School is going to cut salaries, get rid of faculty and staff, and raid their endowment for funds.
The Hamline and William Mitchell merger is the type of stuff that legal observers and blog commentators have been wanting to happen for many years. Minneapolis-St.Paul probably does not need four law schools. They probably don’t even need three. Hamline is ranked at 126 in the US News Rankings. William Mitchell is at 134.
Washington and Lee’s announcement is more interesting because they are ranked substantially higher at 43 and are generally are well-respected in the Southern United States if not nationally. Many Washington & Lee graduates could expect to get decent or great law jobs after graduation but the school still needed to deal with declining enrollment.