Citing Budget Restraints, CUA Law Cedes National Journals to Local Competitors

By John Kruzel ’14

BROOKLAND — The CUA Law school has severed ties with two national journals recently due to budget restraints, leading a pair of legal publications to find homes several miles away at two competing law schools.

CUA officials decided against financing the school’s affiliation with nationally-recognized legal journals in the fields of national security and communications in favor of channeling funds elsewhere. But by disassociating from the publications, critics argue, CUA Law has squandered an opportunity to enhance its stature among legal practitioners and policymakers.

Meanwhile, the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, or JNSLP, and the Federal Communications Law Journal have found sponsors at nearby Georgetown Law School and George Washington University Law School (click links for press releases).

Amid the competitive landscape of law school rankings and legal employment, some have questioned the wisdom of turning down the chance to give CUA Law students an edge as they contend against area law students in local job markets, especially when the budget-tightening measures coincide with a steep increase in law school tuition here.

The national security journal migrated to Georgetown after a two-year relationship with CUA Law. One high-ranking member of the journal’s editorial staff suggested JNSLP’s relocation was due in part to its own budget issues after losing funding from long-time supporter Pacific University.

“We were in a transition,” the editorial staff member said. “And Georgetown had money.”

For students at CUA Law’s Communications Law Institute, or CLI, the school’s affair with the Federal Communications Law Journal was brief and bittersweet.

CLI students were heartened last fall to learn the journal  had asked CUA Law to supply students and funding in exchange for a valued affiliation with the flagship communications law publication. But citing budget restraints, administrators here declined, disappointing CLI students and faculty alike.

The sting intensified when the journal found purchase four miles away at George Washington University Law School.

“It’s so frustrating that GW has it,” said Lauren King, a rising 3L in the Communications Law Institute. “It’s depressing.”

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