A new law is forcing colleges to require students to pay a deposit before they can enrol in law school, and it’s causing a backlash from students who say they’re being charged too much.
The law, the Fair Law Standards and Access to Justice (FLSA) Act, has been under review for months and the draft bill was released on Friday.
But students, advocates and law school unions are worried the law will set an unrealistic standard for the cost of law school.
“It’s going to be a huge burden on the students who are going to go into law school and the students going into law schools are not getting a decent education,” said Dr David Pappas, a professor at the University of Adelaide and an associate director of the Institute of Law and Social Policy.
“This is a really expensive and not a good way to start off law school.”‘
No guarantee’Students would be charged more than expectedThe new law says students who have not completed the minimum of six months of law course will need to pay $2,400 in addition to their tuition fees, but the amount will be based on the number of years they have been studying law.
“The university and the law students who enrol have no guarantee that there’s going a fair law school for all students, that it will be affordable for all,” said Professor Pappa.
“The only thing that’s guaranteed is that they get a good quality of law and the cost per student is not guaranteed.”””
No guarantee”Professor Pappadas says he is concerned the new law will put too much pressure on law schools.””
The only thing that’s guaranteed is that they get a good quality of law and the cost per student is not guaranteed.”
“No guarantee”Professor Pappadas says he is concerned the new law will put too much pressure on law schools.
“I’m concerned it is going to put a huge amount of pressure on a law school to charge more money than is necessary for students to go to law school,” he said.
“Students who are on the course will be charged, I would estimate, up to $5,000 per year.”
That’s just a conservative figure.
Law students say the new rules will hurt students who would otherwise go to study law but are not yet ready for it.””
If you’re the average law student, they’re going to have to make up that difference.”
Law students say the new rules will hurt students who would otherwise go to study law but are not yet ready for it.
“There’s a lot of law students that are going through this that are not ready to go in law schools because they’re not ready for this kind of education,” he explained.
“Law schools will have to charge them more than they need to, that’s the reality of the law and that’s just going to hurt students.”
Topics:law-crime-and-justice,education,federal—state-issues,australiaFirst posted March 23, 2019 12:33:34Contact Anna DavenportMore stories from Western Australia