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Vt. law school cutting jobs, preparing for changes

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SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Law School is offering voluntary buyouts to staff and may do so soon with faculty as it prepares for what its president and dean says are revolutions about to sweep both the legal profession and higher education.

A sharp drop in the numbers of Americans applying to law schools - triggered by a drop in the number of legal jobs open - is being felt at the South Royalton campus.

The class due to graduate in the spring with juris doctor degrees numbers just over 200. The class that will follow it in 2014 numbers about 150.

VLS President and Dean Marc Mihaly says he thinks law firms in the coming years will be looking for more specialization and division of labor, as has happened in health care.

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