Tuition costs at law schools accredited by the American Bar Association have doubled in the past nine years; total inflation during that same period was less than 25%. In days gone by, people found their way up the social ladder that a law degree can provide through summer jobs and “help” from Mom and Dad. Mortgages, bonds and long-term loan-forgiveness programs are now needed to afford a law degree at an ABA law school.
With ever escalating tuitions and access to loans dwindling, our country’s middle class finds itself hard-pressed to see the promise of opportunity that a law degree provides as nothing more than a mirage on an ever elusive horizon. Nowhere is the need for reform of higher education more obvious than in legal education.
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