Student enrollment at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will scale down to about 600 students over the next three years, accompanied by about a 40 percent reduction in staff.
Bethany Daniels, spokeswoman at the McGeorge campus at 3200 Fifth Ave., in Sacramento, said McGeorge student enrollment totaled 1,036 students in fall of 2010.
Law schools nationwide have been struggling with enrollment in recent years, with industry experts pointing to a decline in jobs available to law school graduates and high debt amassed by students in pursuit of their degrees.
On Friday, Francis J. Mootz III, McGeorge's dean, issued a statement saying, in part: "In response to the unprecedented drop in applications to law schools across the country, McGeorge School of Law is reducing the size of its student body."
Today, Daniels said the current "staff realignment was largely achieved by voluntary actions - retirements and voluntary severance."
She said nine McGeorge employees were laid off last Tuesday.
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