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8:49 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Roger Williams University To Lower Law School Tuition

Roger Williams University is taking a step you don’t hear about very often. It’s lowering its law school tuition by eighteen percent.

Roger Williams University
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Roger Williams University Law School, like many around the country, has seen a significant drop in applications.   Not only is the price of law school prohibitive,  but those who can afford it often find it difficult to land jobs once they pass the bar.

University president Donald Farish said that’s why RWU has decided to lower tuition by 18 percent – from roughly 41-thousand dollars a year to about 34-thousand.  It will reduce the three-year cost of attending law school by about 30-thousand dollars.

Farish said RWU is one of only five law schools of the more than 200 in the United States that are taking such a step. 

"We’re obviously trying to make a bit of a splash and tell people ‘we hear you’. We feel your pain, as Bill Clinton used to say, and we’re trying to do something about it. So you’re graduating with less debt because you won’t have to borrow as much money because the program’s cheaper and we hope that works for you," said Farish.

Roger Williams University Law School has also announced the hiring of a new law school dean. Michael Yelnosky, a founding faculty member, will replace longtime Dean David Logan, who will remain with the law school in a teaching capacity.

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