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UNLV Boyd School of Law in the National Law Journal.

January 26, 2009

Law schools dealing with budget cuts
Private law schools may have it worse.

Karen Sloan / Staff reporter

January 19, 2009

The William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has seen its state funding shrink by 9% through two cuts since December 2007, said Dean John Valery White. The housing crisis hit Nevada earlier than many other states, prompting legislators to cut higher education spending sooner.

“You have to cut a little bit of everything in order to get up to a pretty big number,” White said. The law school has left some positions empty, cancelled some staff training and faculty travel, decreased its library staff, reduced the number of course sections and switched to more electronic publications to reduce library costs, he said.

The law school also is using some donation money to cover a portion of operational costs, such as staff salaries. In better times, that donation money would go to things such as capital projects or student travel.

“It’s really just a stop-gap,” White said.

Not exactly what one wants to be in the National Law Journal for….

Hope we can weather this storm….

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