Degrees to decline if law school funds slip…

Standards on law degrees will start to slip unless law schools receive more funding and better resources, a leading academic has warned.

Professor Tony Bradney, of Leicester University&#39s Law School, told delegates at the Society of Legal Scholars&#39 annual conference that law faculties do not receive all the funding they are entitled to from university coffers.

&#34Law schools look very good to vice chancellors &#45 they get a lot of happy students, with great job prospects. So most universities take money from their law school to support less popular departments &#45 typically the sciences,&#34 said Bradney. &#34This is a good option in the short term, but there is a limit to what you can take away while still retaining a viable law school.&#34

The financial plight of law schools is made worse by the fact that law undergraduates attract the lowest levels of funding of any discipline &#45 an annual sum that allows for &#34one quill pen between 10 students&#34, in Bradney&#39s opinon, rather than the high-tech IT requirements of a modern university.

&#34One of the greatest dangers to law schools is the students themselves,&#34 he added. &#34The mass of law students is growing so rapidly. Problems may arise in the future when law schools just can&#39t give students as attractive a course as they would like.&#34