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The University of Buffalo Law School has no objection if its regional neighbor and sister campus of State University of New York (SUNY) builds a law school. Nils Olsen, dean of the UB Law School, said he doubted a law school at SUNY Binghamton would create competition for students but, noting New York already has two public and 13 private law schools, said state university trustees will have to decide if the state’s funds are best spent on another law school. “It’s not a bad thing to have another law school and make a legal education available to more people,” Olsen said, noting UB turned down 900 applicants in the current admissions cycle. “Whether that is needed more than another sort of professional school, a medical school or dental school for instance, I leave that to SUNY to decide.” Lois DeFleur, president of Binghamton University, recently announced the university is in discussions with SUNY officials and the American Bar Association about launching a law school. The only public law school in the state other than the University of Buffalo is City University of New York School of Law at Queens College. “I don’t think there will be a great competition for students,” Olsen said. “I strongly suspect we will draw on a different group of applicants in the short term as they define identity. There is a whole range of things Binghamton will do well but it will take them time to get established.” Whether and when Binghamton builds a law school is far from decided. Both the governor and state Department of Education will need to approve before Binghamton can proceed.

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