Volume 95, Issue 72

Friday, February 8, 2002

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Students sentenced to high tuition

By Tait Simpson
Gazette Staff

Students thinking about a career in law may have to dig deeper into their pockets if they want to attend law school at the University of Toronto.

A proposal put forth by U of T calls for tuition increases of $2,000 a year for the next five years, in order to bring law school tuition from $12,000 to $22,000 by 2007.

The draft document has been circulated around the U of T law school community for feedback and will be finalized soon, said Cheryl Sullivan, director of communications for U of T's law school.

"I am pleased to be presenting this critical draft report to the law school community. It represents an important and necessary investment in the future of the faculty and reflects the priorities identified by our students, faculty and staff," said Ron Daniels, U of T's dean of law.

According to the proposal, the increase by U of T which currently has the highest law tuition in Canada will put their law school even further ahead of tuition rates for other Canadian law schools, but still below leading private international law schools like Harvard and Yale, where tuition is just under $30,000 U.S..

The proposed increase will put even more distance between the budgets of U of T and the rest of the Ontario law schools, said Ian Holloway, dean of law at Western.

Tuition for Western's law school is currently $7,500.

Although Western's law school has no plans for substantial tuition increases, Holloway said U of T's move puts pressure on Western to do the same thing.

"We want to make sure law school is accessible, but we still have to make sure we have enough resources to have a world class program," he said.

Sean Lawler, chair of Young Lawyers division for the Ontario Bar Association, said the proposed increase will have an effect after students graduate from law school.

"They will be less likely to practice family, immigration or poverty law because they pay the least and they have the debt burden of having gone to U of T," he said.

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