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The University of Dayton School of Law is offering a master's degree in government contracting and purchasing.
It is a rare offering because apparently only one other law school has comparable programs. George Washington School of Law awards degrees in government procurement and contracts, the ABA Journal reported.
For Dayton, a Catholic university, it is also a blessing for law school graduates who are struggling to find employment in a tough job market.
Tuition for the masters program is $34,470, based on 30 credit hours. The law school charges $33,391 annually, not including book and related expenses, for a three-year degree.
It is a relative bargain compared to top-tier schools like Yale, where tuition is $59,865 per year. But Dayton, ranked at 145 last year, is no Yale. Prior to 2016, Dayton had been unranked as a fourth tier law school for two decades.
Former Dean Paul McGreal said the uptick marked a "significant milestone" for the law school community.
"It will significantly aid in recruiting and retaining quality students, assist with graduate employment, and improve our reputation among lawyers, judges, and academics," he said.
Paul Schlottman, the law school's director of strategic initiatives, said sales and purchasing jobs are emerging markets for lawyers.
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects up to 19,000 more sales or purchasing jobs nationwide between 2014 and 2024, with an average salary of up to $117,960," he said in a press release. "Additional research shows up to 600 of those jobs will be available locally on the federal, state and local levels."
Dayton's masters of law degree will be offered to law students and non-law students beginning in the fall. Graduate entrance exams will not be required, the release said.
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