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How quickly universities with legal departments can establish law schools under a government plan designed to produce more legal practitioners could be a life-or-death matter for them.
A recent Yomiuri Shimbun survey found that more than 50 universities plan to establish law schools under the government's plan.
While the plan has been hailed as a possible solution to the shortage of lawyers in rural areas, the speed with which the universities will be able to open new law schools could determine their survival.
The survey showed the level of progress at nationally prestigious universities, regional state-run universities and mid-ranked private universities differs widely, even among those that replied they plan to establish law schools.
Universities that lag behind others complained about the disadvantages they expect to face in securing funds, the shortage of information and the …