Applications down again; dad must pay for Cornell legal education

It was a GOOD week for…

Sticking dad with the bill, after a court required a New Jersey father to pay more than $112,000 of his estranged daughter’s expected law schools costs for a three-year education at Cornell Law School. James Livingston agreed in 2009 to fund half of his daughter’s law school education, so long as she earned at least a C average, when he divorced his wife Patricia Rossi. After working for a few years, his daughter decided to attend law school, and wrote her father asking for the tuition money he had promised. After her father attempted to convince her to attend a less expensive, local school, she took him to court in 2012 and won. He appealed, arguing that the estrangement and her break from continuing her education made him exempt from the agreement in the divorce. On appeal, the court ruled again in favor of the daughter.

It was a BAD week for…

Law schools, after the Law School Admission Council reported that the number of applications submitted for entrance into law school in this fallare down another 12.5 percent from last year. Additionally, the number of applicants to law schools has fallen by about 12 percent. According to LSAC, at this time last year, 75 percent of the preliminary final application count was accounted for. LSAC also reported that if this year’s applicants follow the same pattern of those in 2013, there will be a little more than 52,000 applicants for the fall 2014 entering class.