Apparently Massachusetts does not have any public law schools, but this might change. It looks like the Southern New England School of Law is throwing in the towel and gifting itself to the state, according to the Boston Business Journal:
"Officials at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced Wednesday that the Southern New England School of Law has offered to donate to the state university $22.6 million in cash and real estate, including the campus that now houses the 235-student private law school."
Actually, school officials would argue that the phrase “throwing in the towel” is inaccurate:
"Ward said that Southern New England School of Law’s offer did not come out of financial crisis at the Dartmouth, Massachusetts-based law school."
“We’re being very clear about that,” he said. “We’re coming off a very good year. In a time when layoffs and everything were going on, at the end of the fiscal year, we were able to put a little extra in the paychecks of our employees.”
Bonuses for the professors? Right.
This isn’t the first time the law school has tried to gift itself to the state. The same proposal failed a few years ago when the state’s Board of Education determined that UMass-Dartmouth could not legally operate an entire law school under its continuing education program.
I'm not sure what has changed, but maybe UMass could now operate a bonus-giving law school under its continuing education program? We'll see.