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Yet Another New New York Law School Planned

Special to
April 7, 2008

With two new law schools contemplated in the Empire State, a third has just tossed its hat in the ring.

St. John Fisher College is to receive $2.5 million in state funding to open a new law school in the downtown of upstate Rochester.

Previously announced were the effort of Binghamton University to open a law school in the Southern Tier, and the effort of SUNY Stony Brook to establish a law school near the Hamptons on Long Island.

Stony Brook scores $45 million for law school

By Michael H. Samuels

Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Long Island Business News

Long Island's public schools weren't the only institutions to win big in the latest state budget.

Stony Brook University secured $45 million in the budget for the purchase or the construction of a new law school.

The money, part of $221 million included in the budget for the school’s capital improvements, was put there by State Sen. Ken LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education, who said adding a law school to Stony Brook is important to making it a comprehensive university.


“It truly allows them to compete with their national peers,” LaValle said.

Earlier this year, Stony Brook was in discussions to buy Touro Law School for upwards of $70 million.

And although Touro said in February that the school was not for sale, LaValle said the money could still be used to acquire the Central Islip-based college.


The budget item could put pressure on Touro because a Stony Brook-created law school could undercut Touro, which charges much more in tuition than a state school would, and take away its student base.


LaValle also said the earlier Touro discussions ignited a spark at Stony Brook for a law school, and that hasn’t waned.


“People at Stony Brook at every level and the general community are very excited,” LaValle said.

A Stony Brook law school would become the second law school in the state university system.

SUNY Buffalo is the only other state university with a law school.