17 January 2014 at 11:33 BST

US law schools cut fees

US law schools are reducing tuition fees as the State of Iowa looks at allowing law students to skip the bar exam.

the state of Iowa looks at allowing law students to skip the bar exam. Filip Bjorkman

US law schools are starting to slash law school tuition fees with the Roger Williams University School of Law the latest to announce a cut. The Rhode Island law school will reduce fees from $41,400 to $33,792 for the next school year. Meanwhile the University of Iowa has reduced its fees by 16 per cent whilst Pennsylvania State has  reduced its fees by nearly 50 per cent for in-state residents.

No bar exam

The cost cuttings come as the Iowa State Court is looking at a proposal to allow graduates of Iowa's two law schools to skip the bar exam if they practice law  in the state - following in the footsteps of Wisconsin. Iowa is looking to save money for students by shortening the time between when a student graduates and takes the bar exam. According to the ABA Journal, only 6.8 per cent of law graduates fail the exam and most passed on the second sitting. The students would have to sit an ethics exam and take a cass on Iowa law and procedure. Source: ABA Journal


Also read...

Around the house

Houston Rockets net their new general counsel in-house amongst the postings around the house this week.