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Low enrollment leads to Law School tuition freeze

During its final meeting of 2013, the Board of Visitors voted on Dec. 12th to freeze the tuition of Mason’s law school for the upcoming school year.

The tuition freeze was prompted by low enrollment numbers at the law school, which have been dropping steadily since 2010, with a decrease of approximately 84 students from 2010 to 2012.

Dan Polsby, the dean of the law school, attributes the low enrollment numbers to the economic recession and a limited job market for new lawyers.

Mason law school faces declining application rate

With law school application rates declining nationwide, George Mason University School of Law has not been exempt for the 2013–2014 academic year.

Mason’s law school has seen a steady decline in applications since 2009, but the drop this year appears unusually large. According to a recent Fairfax Times report the school could be facing as large as a 50 percent drop in applications from 2012 to 2013.

Mason law school ranked among top 50 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked George Mason University’s School of Law as number 41 on their 2014 list of best law schools in the country.

The degree to which the U.S. News & World Report increases enrollment is unclear.

“In the past, many students told us that USNews rankings were very important to helping them decide which law school to attend,” wrote Daniel Polsby, dean of the law school, in an email. “Today, cost factors seem to be more important, and USNews less important, to this decision.”

Mason law school ranked 40th by U.S. News

George Mason University’s law school ranked 40th on U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of the nation’s top grad-schools.  See the Washington Post’s full round up of local schools on the list for more.