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LSAT
From Page 1A
tests administered for this year
is also on a steady decline, with
numbers for fall 2011 portraying
a 9.9-percent decrease from the
previous year.
Wendy Margolis, LSAT direc-
tor of communications, said fig-
ures reflect an ongoing national
trend of decreased law school
applications in the wake of dif-
ficult economic times across the
nation.
"With law school applications
there's a bit of a lag time, by the
time people take the LSAT and
by the time they apply," Margo-
lis said. "Right now they would
take the LSAT for the fall of 2012
- the information about the debt
and the job placement issues are
finally catching up."
Margolis said the growing
price of undergraduate tuition
nationwide has likely also played
a role in the decrease in LSATs
administered.
"I just think undergraduate
school is expensive as well, and
people are getting a lot of debt
from undergraduate school,"
Margolis said. "The thought of
piling on more debt when the job
picture isn't so rosy causes peo-
ple to hesitate more than they
might have otherwise."
Sarah Zearfoss, the Law
School's senior assistant dean
for admissions, financial aid and
career planning, wrote in an
e-mail that in light of a decrease
in LSATs administered, nation-
al application pools have also
decreased significantly.
"As I recall from the last time
I saw a volume report, the over-
all applicant pool has declined
nationally by almost 15% this

year- maybe even more," Zear-
foss wrote. "Last year's pool also
constricted."
While Zearfoss agreed that
the economy has played a sub-
stantial role in decreasing law
school applicants, she noted that
the interest in the University's
law school has remained high in
comparison to peer institutions.
"Yes, we at Michigan have
seen an (economic) effect, as one
would expect - I don't know of
any of our peers that haven't -
although our decline is, happily,
smaller than the overall national
average," Zearfoss wrote. "Our
application deadline is not for
another couple of weeks, but I
would estimate that our pool
will be about 5% smaller this
year than last."
Despite the likely decline,
Zearfoss remained optimistic
about the University's applicant
pool for this year.
"As a general proposition, of
course, admissions offices love
to see an abundant applicant
pool, but given that Michigan
typically has a very healthy vol-
ume of applicants, a decrease
in this size does not represent a
serious concern for us," Zearfoss
wrote. "We will have more than
5,000 applications this year, I
think."
Zearfoss explained that the
decrease in applicants cor-
responds with a "pretty pre-
dictable ebb and flow" in law
school interest over the past
two decades, in accordance with
economic downturns.
"The mid-90s saw a simi-
lar decrease, following the big
economic downturn of 1991-
92," Zearfoss wrote. "The most
recent recession and contrac-
tion in our national economy has
understandably made people

cautious about investing in a law
school degree. I would expect
that within another year or two,
we will start seeing a reversal in
the cycle, and application num-
bers will start climbing again."
Theresa Munaco, LSA Senior
and president of the Kappa
Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity,
said the decrease in people tak-
ing the LSAT likely corresponds
to an upswing of students that
have decided to take a few years
after graduation before mak-
ing the decision to apply to law
school.
"I would say that about half
of the seniors (in Kappa Alpha
Pi) have already taken an LSAT
and a really fair number of them
are taking the LSAT right now
and going straight through,"
Munaco said. "But then there's
the other half that is kind of tak-
ing time trying to get a real work
experience before going."
Munaco said many students
delay law school to pursue oppor-
tunities for personal growth and
development in programs like
Teach for America, AmeriCorps
or the military. She added that
since LSAT scores are only valid
for up to five years, those who are
unsure about the decision to go to
law school will often hold off on
taking the exam.
The competitive nature of law
school admissions amid a sur-
plus of lawyers in the job market
is also discouraging for prospec-
tive law school applicants, she
said.
"I don't think there needs to
be as many law schools as there
are currently and I think part of
the issue is that recently, they
started pumping out law schools
to pump out lawyers and all of a
sudden the demand for lawyers
shriveled up," Munaco said.

Chris Dickinson chosen as
interim hospital director

Associate chief
medical officer to
begin new post on
April 5
By ANDREW SCHULMAN
Daily StaffReporter
Following the recent retire-
ment announcement by Patri-
cia Warner, executive director
of the C.S. Mott Children's and
Von Voigtlander Women's Hos-
pital, the University of Michigan
Health System announced on
Thursday that officials have hired
an interim executive director,
effective April 5.
Chris Dickinson, who cur-
rently serves as an associate chief
medical officer, will be taking
over the position, and said he is
eager to continue working on the
challenges of accommodating the
expansion of the hospitals while
continuing to improve care.
"It's a big challenge - we've
got the new building to make sure
that it's working well, our volumes
are up, we're seeing more patients
thanwe ever anticipated," he said.
"With that comes some challeng-
es, but we're meeting those, and

it'll be interesting to see how that
growth happens."
When the hospital opened on
Dec 4, Dickinson served as the
faculty lead for the project, coor-
dinating the move from the old
buildings. He said his role as an
administrator assisting in the
opening of the hospitals last year
influenced his decision to accept
the position.
"For the kid who always used
to like to play with his Legos and
build things, this was fun," he
said.
Dickinson said his relation-
ships with physicians at the Uni-
versity hospital and across the
state helped bolster his qualifica-
tions for the job.
"I think I have an intimate
understanding of how the hos-
pital works. I spend a lot of time
in hospital operations," he said.
"I've worked in clinics all over
the state, so I have relationships
and the knowledge of what other
pediatricians are doing in the
state as well."
Warner, who is set to retire
April 4, also pointed to Dickin-
son's rapport with colleagues as a
sign of a successful leader
"Dr. Dickson represents the
physician members of our fac-
ulty very well," Warner said. "He

understands clinical practice, he
understands how to bring various
groups together around a chal-
lenge or an issue or an opportu-
nity, and he's a strong facilitator."
Warner, who appointed Dick-
inson to be the associate chief
medical officer for the hospitals
after she created the position in
2010, added that her experiences
working with him have been posi-
tive.
"I know Dr. Dickinson well in
many capacities, and have every
good reason to be confident this is
a very wise interim appointment,"
she said.
Though the national search for
a permanent executive director
for the hospital is still ongoing,
Dickinson said he will likely seek
to permanently obtain the posi-
tion in the future.
"A lot of people have asked
me (to become director) and the
answer is 'I think so,"' he said.
"That was one of the advantages
of having the interim tag. It'll
be a good trial run for me to see
whether this is something I want
to do long-term or not."
The UMHS has no deadline or
target date to hire a candidate,
UMHS spokeswoman Margarita
Wagerson wrote in an e-mail
interview.

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Lawmakers voted 199-74 in
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strong dissent among the two
main coalition members. A total
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Socialists and conservative New
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