Hastings Law School dean and former Wayne Law dean Frank Wu was interviewed by National Law Journal about his announcement that Hastings plans to cut back admissions by 20% over the next three years. With a 7% decline in applications, Hastings is ahead of the 15% average decline in applications nationally, and has just completed aggressive staffing changes and tuition increases to put the public law school's finances on an even keel in the face of dramatically declining state revenues. Nevertheless, Dean Wu is not resing easy:
I'll say what most law deans won't: Legal education is in crisis. We're at a crossroads, and unless we collectively reboot this thing, we're in real trouble. Every law school should be thinking about this.