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U Of M Law School Prepares For No State Funding

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP)  — With another round of cuts to higher education expected from the Legislature this year, the University of Minnesota Law School is adapting in a dramatic way — by working toward financial independence.

Law school officials say if the cuts continue, their share of the university’s state money could dry up completely. If that happens, they will have to rely on private donations and tuition.

Minnesota Public Radio reports the school would join a handful of public law schools across the country that don’t receive state funding.

The University of Virginia law school adopted the model nearly a decade ago, and Arizona State University set a goal of becoming self-sufficient in five years. ASU is currently 34 percent publicly funded.

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