Cleveland State University and the University of Akron are exploring a “joint operating model” law school that would allow students at both universities’ law schools to take classes at either school. This combined law school would become the largest in the state of Ohio. Currently, students can cross register for up to eight courses.
We see two immediate hurdles to this plan. The first is that the campuses are about 40 miles apart. The second is the schools will need the sign off of both the ABA and the state of Ohio.
We started to see such mergers a while back among smaller colleges. Don’t be surprised to see more of this among law schools as the supply of law schools exceeds the demand for legal education.