Go State wrote:
jne381 wrote:No. MSU College of Law is technically still a private school. They don't receive funds from the State of Michigan. I am confident that this will change sometime down the road, but it is best for the school not to do so right now because the State is currently going through a financial shit storm. The benefit for the school is that they don't have to rely on State funds, but the downside is they can't do things like lower tuition for in-state applicants, and that makes it difficult to attract more qualified in-state law students.
I heard (through the grapevine last year) that MSU tried to get public funding the other year and were denied by the state because there are already 2 (sic- 3?) public law schools in the state. As a result, I doubt it will become a public law school for quite some time.
I have no evidence to refute your second/third-hand claim, but it seems that the reasoning is highly suspect. MSU is huge in Michigan, and its alumni base can't really be beat in the state, even compared to U of M (thanks mainly to having more in-state students and a much larger student base). But who knows, you could be correct.
In any case, I don't know if they should even pursue public funds. If I were them I would just have the university tap the alumni to build a huge endowment for the law school. I have mentioned to numerous old alumni that I go to MSU, and they are actually surprised they have not been asked to give to the school, and they say they would gladly give to it. MSU pride is quite amazing inside Michigan. I only wish the law school would use it to its advantage.