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Does Prince George's Need a Law School?

Rosalind Helderman

The General Assembly has nixed a study of a D.C. United soccer stadium in Prince George's this year, but here's something they've given the go-ahead to study: A possible law school in the Washington area.

Del. Justin D. Ross (D-Prince George's) worked with Del. John L. Bohanan Jr. (D-St. Mary's), the chair of the education subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, to insert language in the state budget authorizing the study. The budget now asks that the University system study the "feasibility and logistical costs and benefits" of launching a branch of the University of Baltimore's law school in the D.C. area. The report is to be submitted to the legislature by Sept. 1.

Ross said his goal is to look at creating a law school in Prince George's County, a reasonable place for a law school, he said, because of the University of Maryland's undergrad campus in College Park and the federal courthouse in Greenbelt. U-Md.'s law school is located in Baltimore.

"I think it could be a great success for the University of Baltimore law school and the county," he said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 13, 2009; 10:32 AM ET
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Another enormous waste of Maryland taxpayer dollars to "study the feasibility of another law school in the DC area." There are any number of law schools in this area and some quite affordable like the DC School of Law, in addition to several premier institutions like Georgetown, American University and George Washington. I cannot think of a greater waste of money to conduct a study about starting another law school in an era bordering on another great depression, great job losses and no hiring by area law firms and legal entities because of the economy. Obviously this an attempt by someone in the Maryland legislature to funnel state funds into the pockets of a political friend, relative or benefactor because it is totally unnecessary and unwarranted. I simply cannot believe that the Maryland legislature will support this waste of money in 2009 -- just more pork!!!!

Posted by: hotezzy | April 13, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

As a Prince Georges County resident, I think this is a great idea. My daughter is entering her 2nd year of undergraduate studies in Political Science and plans to further her education in Law School after graduating. My hopes is that she will earn a full scholarship to either Georgetown, GW or Catholic U upon graduating, but if not George Mason is where we were looking for it's affordability as a State school. If Prince Georges opened a law school that would be another affordable option.

Posted by: Beingsensible | April 13, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Any "study" should start and end with the question "Do we need more lawyers than current law schools are producing, such that we should devote public funds to a new law school?" The answer is clearly no. So what will the study focus on? "Whether it will bring some marginal economic development in the immediate vicinity of the law school when law students rent apartments and go out to lunch?" Or it will focus on concerns like the "Beingsensible" commenter who want to spend taxpayer money to send her kid to a law school nearby rather than traveling less than an hour to Baltimore.

Posted by: bloomie | April 14, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Georgetown, American University and George Washington"

LOLWUT? american is a sewer. georgetown is good but VERY overrated due to its gargantuan class size--i have run into plenty of median GULC students doing document review or "practicing" at cruddy firms doing lousy makework garbage law. GW is a good school, too, and i would say that it, along with GULC is a premier DC-area law school.

but american is a toilet. never forget. mason, for VA residents, and UMD, for maryland residents, would be a far better choice. both are at least ranked in the first tier and are way cheaper. american = 120k in debt and crap job prospects.

anyway, i agree. opening a law school anywhere is just unnecessary. opening another wing of a toilet like baltimore in PG county is just....just....what the hell are they thinking?

Posted by: CommentGuy1 | April 14, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

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