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LANSING, Mich. (Lansing State Journal) — Faculty and staff at Thomas M. Cooley Law School campuses in Michigan will be cut by the end of the month as part of a broad "right-sizing" program announced July 1.

James Robb, associate dean of external affairs and senior counsel for Cooley, said he didn't yet know the number of staff that would be cut. He also said he couldn't give figures for a dollar amount that would be cut or a percentage of budget the school hoped to trim. Affected employees would receive severance packages, he said.

"I don't expect (the impact) will be greater at one campus over another," he said. "We'll continue to provide the full academic program, support program to the students at each of those campuses."

Robb said the employee cuts were part of a "financial management plan" announced last month The school is also reviewing programs, facilities and other expenses to find savings. In announcing the plan, the university said it needed to cut costs because "enrollment and revenue have continued to decline while health care and legacy costs continue to rise."

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