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November 30, 2009


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If this school has already been subjected to layoffs and hiring freezes, how can they even hope to acquire an existing law school? It doesn't sound as if they have the cash to pull that off.


where are you getting your stats ?? Your SNESL Bar passage rates are much lower than they really are. This merger would be a wise investment that will creat lots of money for the state. Check your facts please


Shouldn't the first (and second and third and fourth) question be - does the state need more lawyers than existing law schools are producing?

Does anyone seriously not know the answer to that?

Roger Dennis

here is one story on the bar pass rate


Many of Dean Dennis's comments are sensible, but there are other important factors, apparently. First, UMass-Dartmouth has been seeking this for several years, and the likely reason is status within the state system. Whether or not it's correct, it's not looking to the direct revenues and costs, it's looking to some form of long term enhancement of the campus. Second, the bar passage rates are probably misleading because the school is not ABA approved and this negatively impacts admissions. It is surely betting, rightly or wrongly, that with provisional accreditation it will be able to improve the statistics of its entering students, with a resulting improvement in bar performance. The fact that other private law schools in the region are so vehemently opposed to this merger suggests that SNESL will become a credible competitor if part of the state university system.

SNESL is a bad deal for the taxpayers of Massachusetts

This merger is a bad deal not only for the University but the taxpayers as well. In this bad economy does the state need to be wasting money on a substandard law school? I had friend that attended that school, it is more like a community law school or junior college than a real law school.

I think it would take a lot of time and money to turn this school around and why should funds that could be spent on needy students attempting to get their first undergraduate 4 year degree be diverted to this mess?

I would compare SNESL to "The Big Dig" any money spent there is a waste. Why should we throw the baby out with the bath water?


It won't cost taxpayers anything...its a private school that runs on its own already.

The private schools are worried that if a public school comes along, they will have to lower their rates to compete. Harvard and BU obviously not but shitty schools like Suffolk and NE will. Its all about money...the bottom line.

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