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May 2, 2012

Hastings shrinks class size

by dan rodriguez

Interesting article describing Hastings Law School’s decision to slash class size.  Dean Wu describes this as an effort to “reboot the system.”

As I visit with Northwestern Law alumni, I am struck by the myriad ways in which law firms and clients are undergoing structural adjustments in order to meet the circumstances of the new legal economy.  There is simply no way that law schools are impervious to these structural forces.  Indeed, retail success in the law school world of the future will be measured in no small part by the scope and substance of these changes within the legal academy.

Without access to the internal information available to Hastings Law decisionmakers, it is not possible for me to assess the merits of this significant reform.  But I can certainly applaud the effort to think boldly and creatively in the face of real pressures.

Comments welcome.

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