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Free Tuition for Harvard Law Suspended

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Posted on Dec 5, 2009
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Two years after Harvard Law School announced it would waive a year of tuition for students who pledged to work five years in the nonprofit sector or in government, the school has suspended the program, citing both the recession and a flood of students seeking to get in on the deal. —JCL

The New York Times:

Less than two years after announcing that it would waive tuition for third-year students who pledge to spend five years working for nonprofit organizations or for the government, Harvard Law School is suspending the program — in part because almost twice as many students as expected signed up.

“This was always an experiment and just one of many ways we were trying to encourage students to explore public interest careers,” said Martha Minow, the dean of the law school, adding, “What we found is that we had less trouble than we thought encouraging that.”

But the recession was also a factor. “It’s really a function of the endowment going down drastically,” said Robb London, the law school’s assistant dean for communications.

Harvard’s endowment declined 27 percent between June 2008 and June 2009, falling to $26 billion, and the university has adopted a number of cost-cutting moves. In fact, on Tuesday, Harvard’s largest division, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced a voluntary retirement plan for professors. Other schools will offer similar packages in the near future.

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By Jon, December 6, 2009 at 6:20 am Link to this comment
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Another example of how Harvard preaches one thing, but internally does another when it actually has to live with its own admonishments.  So they didn’t think students would ‘want in on the deal?’  There was a little joke a few years ago that for a business to succeed, it needed to become familiar with the teachings of the Harvard Business Review—-and then do exactly the opposite.

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By naomi, December 6, 2009 at 12:53 am Link to this comment
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If you read the whole article, this policy is still en effect for those who are already enrolled. It will only be taken away for those who will enroll in the future.

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By Samson, December 5, 2009 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

File this under never trust the @#$@#$@ at Harvard.

Think about it, they canceled the program two years after they announced it.  And the program apparently was only available in the 3rd year.

So, anyone who came to Harvard having heard about this program and deliberately planning to take advantage of it just had the rug pulled out from under them.

Not that I feel terribly sorry for anyone who can go to Harvard in the first place. I’m sure they’ll survive.  Daddy might have to sell one of his yachts.

Just goes to show though… no one should ever trust anyone from Harvard. They’ll shaft you every time.

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