University of Toledo Cuts Law School Tuition Prices

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In 2011, more than 1,400 prospective lawyers applied to The University of Toledo's Law School.

But just three years later, that number shrank to 475 applicants.

People could be lukewarm on law degrees because the recession left fewer job openings for lawyers, said UT's law school dean Daniel Steinbock.

But another big contributing factor, both at Toledo and nationwide, he explained, is money.

"There've been fairly large tuition increases, increases in our tuition and really, almost every law school's tuition over the last 10 or 15 years," Steinbock said. "We believe we've reached the point where we've priced some people out of law school who might be interested in going."

By dropping prices, he said, Toledo's law school will become a better value for prospective applicants.

Beginning next fall, tuition for full-time, in-state students will come in at around $17,000 per year-- down from this year's rate of slightly more than $20,000.

Out-of-state students will see about an 8 percent drop, and both current and new students will pay the cheaper rate.

As for the four other law schools within the state system, a spokesperson from the Ohio Board of Regents said none have announced similar cuts.

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