Monday, April 25, 2016

Institutonal Idiocy in Action: University of Washington Officials Seek to Open a Separate Law School in Tacoma


http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article72979102.html

Pigs Rehash the Same BS Arguments: On April 20, 2016, the News-Tribune featured a Melissa Santos article, which was entitled “Law school at UW Tacoma would be separate from Seattle program.” Check out the following nonsense:

“University of Washington officials are moving forward with plans to create a law school at the UW Tacoma and want it to operate separately from the law school at the university’s Seattle campus, UW President Ana Mari Cauce said Wednesday. 

Speaking at a meeting of the Tacoma City Club, Cauce said a standalone law school in Tacoma makes sense partly because the school would focus on subject areas that are important to the local community, such as environmental law, public service law and tribal law.

Beyond that, the proposed UWT law school will work hard to accommodate students who work full time, Cauce said. 

“This is not going to be a law school like every other law school,” Cauce told City Club members. 

“It really makes sense, given that the biggest purpose here is to fulfill the legal needs of this area, to have it be its own law school within the University of Washington Tacoma.” [Emphasis mine]
 
Forget lucrative “areas of practice.” Environmental law, public service dreck, and tribal law are not stable forms of employment. Later on, the story included this information:

“Bruce Kendall, one of the founding directors of a group that has been working to bring a law school to Tacoma, said the school would provide big economic benefits for the region. He and other members of the Tacoma Law Foundation think the law school could open as early as fall 2017.

Kendall, who is also the president and CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, said a law school is needed in the South Sound partly because many of the state’s current lawyers are baby boomers who are nearing retirement.

The UW Tacoma law school would help train new lawyers to take the place of those who are retiring, he said.

Lawyers educated in Tacoma also are more likely to stay in the area, helping fill local needs for legal services and helping boost the local economy, he said.

Tacoma hasn’t had its own law school since 1999, when the University of Puget Sound sold its law school to Seattle University.

“It’s part of being a mature, growing community to have these kind of educational opportunities at people’s disposal,” Kendall said.” [Emphasis mine]

Opening an unnecessary law school in Tacoma will line the pockets of a relative few people, i.e. contractors, developers, and “law professors.” Furthermore, Baby Boomer pigs are NOT retiring en masse. Anyone who states otherwise is a simpleton or a lying bastard. Older attorneys who have a successful practice typically stay in the field until they are into their 70s or older. They are certainly not going to voluntarily give up their clients, for the benefit of the next generation of lawyers.

Lastly, law grads are not beholden to stay in the area where they were educated. You go where there is employment. Plus, will adding several “professionals” who make $35K-$43K per year boost Tacoma’s economy. Hell, the area will likely see an increase in Food Stamp applications among those with advanced degrees.

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/04/university-of-washington-seattle-to-open-separate-second-law-school-in-tacoma.html

Other Coverage: On April 22, 2016, Paul Caron wrote a thin entry labeled “University of Washington (Seattle) to Open Separate Second Law School in Tacoma.” Scroll down to these two comments. On the same date, at 6:27:22 am, “Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King” wrote the following:

“A law school on every corner. Even Walmart, Starbucks and McDonalds close stores corresponding with the market. I will bet, just like in good old Illinois, if one were to flip open the Tacoma Yellow Pages to the "Lawyers" section, it will be the largest segment in the book. All desperate attorneys seeking clients, fees, and work. Those are the micro firms and solos that can afford two bills a month......” [Emphasis mine]

On April 22, 2016 9:26:04 am, “Unemployed Northeastern” dropped this turd in UW’s punch bowl:

“Let's see now. There are three law schools in the state of Washington. Gonzaga placed 92 of 162 graduates from the Co2014 into full-time, long-term, license-required jobs at any salary. Seattle University, 144 of 295. UWash, 127 of 200. That's 363 of 657 graduates overall, or 55%. Pretty much a mirror of the nationwide average, and I'm not aware of anyone, including prawfs, arguing that we don't have enough law schools nationwide. Oh, and only one school - Gonzaga - has released its NALP reports. For the Co2014, the median salary was just $54,000, and that's with a 42% reporting rate. Factor in the 19% unemployment rate, and it means that we only know that about 1 in 5 graduates made that median or more.” [Emphasis mine]

These two commenters ripped this plan to shreds, with facts, numbers and solid analysis. For $ome rea$on, the Univer$ity of Wa$hington and the CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County overlooked these numbers.

Conclusion: In the end, if the “educators” want to shell out serious cash – courtesy of Uncle Sam – to open a separate law school, then let them. When the toilet fails to attract decent size classes of morons, the cockroaches will need to explain that to their bosses. There was no damn reason to open a law school at Indiana Tech, and the same applies in Tacoma. If you really want to go to law school, there are currently over 200 ABA-accredited diploma mills – and DOZENS of them will admit you, even if you have a 2.8 UGPA and scored 145 on the LSAT. Plus, there are already three commodes in the state, with two located in Seattle. For those not familiar with the area, Seattle is roughly 33 miles from Tacoma.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Meeting Expectations: February 2016 Florida Bar Passage Results Sink Further Down the Toilet


http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/04/11/florida-bar-results-58-percent-pass/82901916/

Dropping Numbers: On February 11, 2016, the Tallahassee Democrat published a Byron Dobson article that was entitled “Florida Bar results in: 58 percent pass.” Take a look at this opening:

“Fifty-eight percent of those persons taking the Florida Bar for the first time in February passed, according to the Florida Supreme Court. 

This compares to the 69 percent passing the bar exam last July. 

Of the 21 Florida State University College of Law graduates taking the February exam, 15 passed, or 71.4 percent. Thirteen of the 23 graduates of the Florida A&M University College of Law passed, or 56.5 percent, according to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners report. 

“We are disappointed that we are only in third place on this most recent test,” said Don Weidner, dean of the FSU College of Law. “However, we are optimistic going forward because of new programs we have put in place.” 

Last July, 151 of the 188 FSU law grads passed, or 80.3 percent. The FAMU law school’s passing percentage was 68 percent, with 57 of the 84 graduates taking the exam. 

Felecia Epps, newly appointed dean of the FAMU College of Law, was upbeat over the school's pass percentage.

"Being ranked fourth in the state for the first time ever is phenomenal,” Epps said. “We remain dedicated to continuing our progress toward improving the passage rate for our first-time takers.” 

A news release from the college said the overall February Florida bar exam results reflect an expected “downward trend” across the country[.]” [Emphasis mine]

Congratulations, Felicia Epps/Tavis Smiley! Your commode somehow surpassed your low-ass expectations. It’s amazing what can happen when a toilet spends three years teaching to the test, huh?

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/04/florida-bar-results-are-in-and-most-of-the-law-schools-did-terribly/

Other Coverage: Joe Patrice posted an ATL entry labeled “Floria Bar Results Are In…And Most Of The Law Schools Did Terribly.” Here is the full text below:

“The February bar exam is never going to boast the best passage figures. Obviously most of those taking the test are on their second go-around and probably failed for a reason the first time. Still, the figures coming out of the February administration of the Florida bar exam reveal some serious problems for the law schools so desperately hoping to boost those “full-time, long-term” legal employment numbers. UPDATE: A tipster points out that I missed a key line from the bar examiner letter — the following stats only apply to first-time takers, meaning these schools can’t even use the “well they already messed up once” excuse.

In a letter dated this morning, the Florida Bar Examiners released a breakdown of their February test results. The verdict, as always, is that Florida Coastal is not a sound investment. But the problems go beyond that notorious for-profit law school. 

Only 32.7 percent of Florida Coastal grads taking the test managed to pass, placing them just a smidge behind of Barry University’s 35.9 percent. Those two also boasted the most students taking the test, which isn’t a particularly good sign. But University of Florida and University of Miami both hovering just north of 50 percent?!? I know they have relatively few students in the February pool, but those are Ave Maria numbers (52.9 percent). 

Meanwhile, hats off to Nova Southeastern and Florida State, who got 75 percent and 71.4 percent of their respective students over the hump. And a round of applause for Florida International with 84.6 percent passage. If that sounds odd, then you haven’t been paying attention because FIU dominated the summer exam too. Maybe it’s time everyone else start copying their prep course, eh?” [Emphasis mine]

While Oklahoma has decided – by one of those compelling 5-4 votes of the state “supreme” court – to dumb down their state bar exam, it appears that certain Florida ABA-accredited cesspools have chose to have the curriculum focus on passing the test. Who the hell wouldn’t want to shell out serious sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a three year bar review study course?!?!  I can see the sales pitch now: “Not only can you gain admission to an actual law school with a 147 LSAT score, and a degree in Women’s Studies, but we’ll train your ass to pass the bar exam! Call in the next 30 minutes, and we’ll toss in a set of steak knives!”

Conclusion: In the final analysis, Florida is home to 11 ABA-accredited trash pits. According to the most recent rankings published by US “News” & World Report, the Univer$ity of Florida is rated 48th “best,” while FSU has the 50th “greatest” law school in the entire damn country. Miami comes in at 60th place and Florida InTTTernaTTTional Univer$iTTTy and $TTTeTTT$on share the 103rd spot. The following six commodes are fourth tier excrement piles: Ave Maria, Barry “University,” Florida A&M, Florida Coa$TTTTal Sewer of Law, Nova Southeastern, and $TTTT. TTTThoma$ Univer$iTTTTy. Actually, Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer has a branch in Riverview, Florida. However, the main campus is in Michigan. 

I understand that Tavis/Felicia Epps is happy that her cesspit achieved the splendid goal of 4th best bar passage rate in the state – for February 2016. Of course, this is also due to smaller sample size. Third Tier Sewer Florida InTTTernaTTTional obtained the highest rate of any school on that exam, whereas Fourth Tier Trash Pit Nova SouTTTThea$TTTTern had the 2nd best outcome. The fact remains that job prospects for graduates of these dung heaps remain bleak. Remember, bar passage does not necessarily mean employment. You still need to overcome the stench of a TTT law degree, when applying to jobs. Legal employers know which schools have a garbage reputation, and they don’t want to hire stinky JDs from the Dumpster. Good luck, Stupid.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dumbing Down the Bar Exam: TTTT News in Oklahoma


http://abovethelaw.com/2016/03/state-supreme-court-lowers-bar-exam-standards-due-to-declining-pass-rates/?rf=1

Yes, Let’s Make It Easier to Pass the Exam: On March 8, 2016, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry that was labeled “State Supreme Court Lowers Bar Exam Standards Due To Declining Pass Rates.” Read this epic opening:

“For the past two years, bar exam pass rates have plummeted, with several jurisdictions posting their worst pass rates in decades. What could have caused this problem to rear its ugly head? 

Thanks to the recession, law school after law school lowered their admissions standards, allowing students who may never pass the exam to enroll. Now that several admissions cycles have come and gone, it seems that Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, was correct when she stated that today’s test-takers are “less able” than their predecessors. 

The solution here seems relatively simple. As we noted previously, “Law schools need to stop scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to admitting students to fill their otherwise empty seats. Admission standards must be raised to end this misery.” Rather than wait for law schools to get their acts together, one state’s Supreme Court has decided to act on their behalf. What unique judicial remedy did the court have to offer? 

Before we get to that, we’ll note that the court in question is the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and its judges have sat and watched the state’s bar exam pass rates slump for years. In July 2012, the pass rate for the Oklahoma bar exam was 83 percent; in July 2013, the pass rate for the exam was 82 percent; in July 2014, the pass rate for the exam was 79 percent; and finally, in July 2015, the pass rate for the exam was 68 percent.

Amid the declining enrollment and loosened admissions criteria outlined above, the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided in a contested 5-4 decision that the proper thing to do in this situation would be to make it easier for law school graduates to pass the state’s exam. The majority’s decision defies all logic and reasoning…

This is most certainly not a viable solution. Bar exams should not be dumbed down to account for the intellect of the law school graduates taking them, and bar exam grading and scaling should not be made easier to accommodate the failings of law schools to properly cull their entering classes. We’ve said several times before and we’ll say it again because this time, it really bears repeating: “Until law schools realize they’re doing a disservice to everyone — their students, their graduates, and their graduates’ future clients — things will only continue to get worse.” [Emphasis mine]

As you can clearly see, the law school pigs – and the cockroaches on the state “supreme” court of Oklahoma – do not give one goddamn about the students/financial rape victims, recent graduates, or even the supposed “profession.” It is ALL about the money, simpleton! Did you ever think that it was about anything else?! By the way, has anyone else ever noticed that the state of Oklahoma resembles a toilet? 

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/faced_with_declining_bar_pass_rates_oklahoma_changes_the_exam_grading/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=navigation&utm_campaign=most_read

Other Coverage: On April 9, 2016, Debra Cassens Weiss wrote an ABA Journal piece that was entitled “Faced with declining bar pass rates, Oklahoma changes the exam grading.” Here is the full text of that article:

“The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reacted to a decline in bar pass rates with a change in bar exam scoring. 

The change is an apparent effort to make bar passage easier, Above the Law reports. The article notes that pass rates in the state have dropped from 83 percent in July 2012 to 68 percent in July 2015. 

The court acted in an order in which four dissenters said there should be no change in the present scoring system, which is in line with national standards. 

“The purpose of the bar examination is to screen applicants in such a way as to protect the public and to protect the reputation of the legal profession,” the dissenters said. “The bar examination should not be easy. It should be a rigorous test of legal knowledge and ability. The fact that there was a greater failure rate on the most recent bar examination is not a reason to change the examination’s grading or scaling.” 

Above the Law criticizes the majority for its decision. “This is most certainly not a viable solution,” the blog says. “Bar exams should not be dumbed down to account for the intellect of the law school graduates taking them, and bar exam grading and scaling should not be made easier to accommodate the failings of law schools to properly cull their entering classes.” [Emphasis mine]

Seeing that this was a 5-4 decision, it is evident once again that law equals politics. Hence, why you see such fights and fiery rhetoric over who will replace Pig Antonin Scalia on the Supremes. If you ever want a chance to be appointed to such positions, make sure you warm yourself up to the right politicians.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, this will only help show that the legal “profession” is a joke. The pieces of trash on this court made it CLEAR that they don’t care what happens to the potential clients of dumbed down lawyers in the state. And once these cretins start getting sued for malpractice, you can bet your ass that the state bar examiners and the “supreme” court will be exempt for licensing the morons. By the way, this Tulsa World piece mentions that the court met with “educators” before reaching this idiotic decision. Enjoy repaying $120K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, while you try to scrape by, representing poor white trash. At least, it will be easier for you to get a law license!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bar Exam Results Continue to Plummet: February 2016 MBE Average Score Reaches the Lowest Point Since 1983


http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/04/01/bar-exam-scores-slip-even-further/

No Longer News: On April 1, 2016, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured a Jacob Gershman piece that was entitled “Bar Exam Scores Slip Even Further.” Check out this sharp opening:

“The vexing trend of declining bar exam performance is showing no signs of letting up. 

Average scores on the standardized portion of the bar exam administered in February sank to the lowest level in more than three decades, according to the developers of the widely used test. 

The ABA Journal has more on the latest figures from the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which prepares the six-hour, multiple-choice question Multistate Bar Examination: 

The mean scaled score on the February administration of the Multistate Bar Examination fell to 135, down 1.2 points from the previous year and the lowest average score on a February administration of the test since 1983. 

The number of test-takers was up 4 percent from last year, from 22,396 in 2015 to 23,324 this year, according to Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which developed and scores the test. 

February scores are typically lower than July scores, Moeser said, because July test-takers tend to be first-time test takers, who generally score higher on the exam than repeat takers. 

Disappointing but not a shock is how Ms. Moeser described the results. For a couple of years, she’s been warning — and arguing with some law schools — about the caliber of students they’re admitting.” [Emphasis mine] 

It’s uncanny how admitting lesser qualified students into ABA-accredited toilets directly results in lower bar exam scores, huh?!?! Thankfully, Erica Moeser has held firm against the law school pigs. Don’t be surprised if the swine start lobbying state legislatures hard for “diploma privilege.” After all, if TTTT grads can be admitted to practice without taking the exam, it would reduce some potential embarrassment for the diploma mills with weak-ass bar passage rates. 

abovethelaw.com/2016/04/multistate-bar-exam-average-score-plummets-to-three-decade-low/

Other Coverage: Staci Zaretsky slammed the law school cockroaches in her April 1, 2016 entry, “Multistate Bar Exam Average Score Plummets to Three-Decade Low.” Enjoy the following excerpt:

“How can this “downward trend” be stopped? One need only look to America’s law schools to find both the source and the solution to this problem. 

When enrollment began to decline, numerous law schools lowered their admissions standards to fill their otherwise empty seats in an effort to avoid future financial troubles, with little regard as to whether their newly admitted students would be able to pass the bar exam after graduation. Admission standards must be raised to end this misery. If for some reason law schools find themselves unwilling to do so, they must institute and enforce the taking of remedial bar-exam preparation courses for all students, free of cost, for it was the law schools that set these students up for their incredibly expensive, but perhaps fruitless journeys in the first place. 

We’ve said it multiple times in the past, and we’ll say it again because it continues to bear repeating: “Until law schools realize they’re doing a disservice to everyone — their students, their graduates, and their graduates’ future clients — things will only continue to get worse.” Don’t let the dumbing down of the legal profession happen on your watch.” [Emphasis mine]

The “law professors” and administrators don’t give one damn about their students or graduates. The thieves still receive federal student loans, even when they enroll waterheads. As such, they have no incentive to maintain or increase their admi$$ion$ “standards.” 

http://excessofdemocracy.com/blog/2016/4/february-2016-mbe-bar-exam-scores-drop-to-lowest-point-since-1983

Derek Muller, who teaches law at Pepperdine Univer$iTTy, wrote a brief piece labeled “February 2016 MBE Bar Exam Scores Drop to Lowest Point Since 1983. It was also published on April 1, 2016. Read the full text below:

“I've written extensively about the bar exam, including the significant decline in bar exam scores, specifically the Multistate Bar Exam, and the corresponding the decline in pass rates in most jurisdictions. The February 2016 results are the fourth consecutive exam to display a significant decline in MBE scores. In fact, it's the lowest score on the February test since 1983--even worse than the July 2015 results, which were the lowest since 1988. Below is a visualization of February test scores since 2005--note the precipitous drop in the last two tests. (I may visualize results since 1983 in the future.) 

This will likely mean a decline in pass rates in most jurisdictions, news of which will trickle out over the next several weeks. The decline in scores continues to correlate with declines in student quality, as law schools admitted classes with an increased number of students at risk of failing the bar exam. Whether other factors contribute to the decline remains an open question. But this helps illustrate that the problems are not one-time issues as the result of ExamSoft--they are structural and long-term issues with significant consequences. I'll blog more about this in the near future.” [Emphasis mine]

Perhaps, Pig Nicholas Allard is correct, and the MBE is too damn difficult for the cretins who graduate from his cesspit. Then again, he is the rat bastard who is admitting the mentally deficient.

Conclusion: Don’t expect the law school pigs to accept any responsibility for the continued drop in bar scores. These “educators” have the morals and ethics of a career criminal. Hell, if they started recruiting – and enrolling – homeless bums and drug addicts, the bitches and hags would blame that on Erica Moeser. I can picture it now, i.e. “It’s your fault that we have to admit such dregs of society. People with an IQ above room temperature see the decline in bar passage rates, and they don’t want to take out $140K+ in student loans any more.” 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Professor David Barnhizer Delivers a Cleveland Steamer: Midwest Commodes Are in Trouble


http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/04/some_ohio_law_schools_may_wither_away_says_cleveland_state_professor_emeritus.html

Excellence Unfolds: On April 1, 2016, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published a Karen Farkas article entitled “Some Ohio law schools may 'wither away' says Cleveland State professor emeritus.” Look at this opening:

“Law schools in Ohio and around the Midwest face serious problems, and some may 'wither away,' says a Cleveland State University professor emeritus in a new paper. 

"The limited applicant base of the overall Great Lakes/Midwest area, coupled with a saturated employment and earnings market for lawyers compared to the costs of attending law school and career earnings expectations, means that many law schools in the region are in a 'survival of the fittest' mode," writes David Barnhizer, a professor emeritus at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Barnhizer examined enrollment and employment data from 2012 to 2015 for law schools in the Great Lakes and Midwest, including the nine in Ohio. 

Most, including CSU and the University of Akron, are "local" and draw students from their regions, he wrote.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, what a thriving job market! If there are relatively few jobs for working class men and women, where will the money for lawyers come from, lemming? Perhaps, it will fall out of the sky. Later on, the author continued: 

"Following are the major issues law schools face: 

1. The Great Lakes/Midwest region is economically depressed. While it may experience a partial recovery, it won't recreate the base of manufacturing activity that produced a strong, upwardly mobile middle class, need to sustain high-level educational activity. 

2. The region's populations are static, aging or declining, with the result that the applicant pool for law schools is falling.

3. The region's lawyer job markets are saturated to the point that there are not a significant number of new jobs being created and the replacement market that depends on the deaths or retirement of lawyers currently in practice is slow moving. 

4. Public budgets for local and state governments in the Great Lakes/Midwest region are under significant stress with the result that those institutions represent a largely static or declining employment market for lawyers. 

5. A significant number of the region's "top" law jobs will be "cherry-picked" by graduates of law schools such as Harvard, Yale, Michigan, Ohio State and a few others. 

"This clear trend means that many of the 'lesser' law schools in the Great Lakes/Midwest region are largely left 'out in the cold' in relation to being able to attract significant cohorts of well-qualified applicants and students," he wrote. "Several law schools are likely to simply wither away." [Emphasis mine]

Still want to attend law school in the region, and incur an additional $125K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, dumbass?!?! Perhaps, you would like to shell out $20K for a 1989 Toyota Tercel.

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/03/30/the-rust-belt-law-school-crisis/

Other Coverage: The Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured a March 30, 2016 Jacob Gershman entry that was labeled “The Rust Belt Law School Crisis.” Check out the following portion:

“The past year has been marked with some positive signs for law schools: the number of applicants appears to be creeping up after a years-long slide, and more young students are taking the LSAT. 

Casting a shadow over the glint of good news — at least in one region of the country —is a new paper by a law professor forecasting what may be in store for law schools in the Great Lakes and Midwest area. 

David Barnhizer, a professor emeritus at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, explores the various factors that he thinks will hinder any rebound there.

If you’re trying to maintain a positive mental attitude about the future of legal education, Mr. Barnhizer’s article may be less than salubrious. “The picture is not pretty in the ‘Rust Belt’ region,” he writes.” [Emphasis mine]

Take a stroll or drive through the Midwest sometime. Do you think auto plants and manufacturing are going to somehow come back to the area? Notice the boarded up factories, small shops, and defunct businesses. They dot the landscape. Who the hell has the funds to hire a lawyer? Look at entire abandoned plants in Flint, Michigan.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, law schools in the Midwest will do what they can to survive. We may see more mergers or perhaps witness some established college$ and univer$itie$ purchase more ABA-accredited trash heaps. The fact remains that people now are less willing to drop down $130K+ for a “legal education.” They have noticed the weak-ass employment prospects, shady placement figures, and SKYROCKETING tuition. In sum, it simply doesn’t make sense to go into serious debt, given the projected outcome. The costs far outweigh the potential payoff.

Expect to see Midwest toilets lower their admi$$ion$ “standards” further – in order to keep up enrollment. Law school pigs have to eat fine meals, live in nice neighborhoods, drive fancy cars, and have summer homes. Do you expect these cockroaches to “work” more than 4-6 hours, for such lifestyles? The best part is that these academic thieves DO NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN ABOUT YOU, your family, or your financial situation. You, the student or recent graduate, were a mere mean$ to an end.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Update on Fourth Tier Excrement: Valparaiso University Law School Pushes Through on Buyout Offers to Tenured Pigs


http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/education/valparaiso-university-offers-buyouts-to-law-school-faculty/article_fbc0209b-b49a-54c9-8d81-55eaf4afe90d.html

Excellent News: On March 30, 2016, the South Bend Tribune re-published an Associated Press story, with contributions from reporter Margaret Fosmoe, under the headline “Valparaiso University offers buyouts to law school faculty.” Look at this stellar opening:

“Valparaiso University's law school is offering tenured professors and other faculty members with multi-year contracts buyouts due to the nationwide trend of sharp declines in student applications and enrollment.

"To put the law school and our students in the best position to succeed, we are taking steps to meet the challenges facing legal education," university spokeswoman Nicole Niemi said. 

Valparaiso is not alone in seeing a post-recession drop in enrollment. The University of Notre Dame and Indiana University law schools also have seen their class sizes shrink, The (Munster) Times reports.

Andrea Lyon, dean of Valparaiso University's law school, said there are 36 full-time faculty members and the school hasn't yet set a target number for the number of professors it hopes will accept the buyouts.

Enrollment in the law school has been going down and the school has been more selective from a smaller pool of applicants, Lyon said. She also said legal education has taken quite a hit and the number of people taking the LSAT nationwide has gone down 50 percent from 2009 to now. 

The number of first-year law students at Valparaiso was 130 in 2015, down from 218 in 2011. 

Linda Hanson, president emeritus of Hamline University in Minnesota, commends Valparaiso for downsizing. "You cannot stay at a size that is too large for the number of students they are attracting," she said.” [Emphasis mine]

At least, you are not the ones drowning in horrid sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a worthless academic “credential.” Your recent graduates and current students face financial ruin. This buyout merely means that you cockroaches will have to go out and get real jobs, i.e. positions which require that you actually produce something of use to others.

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/education/vu-s-law-school-not-alone-in-facing-enrollment-decline/article_82a68f68-6b1b-568c-a12e-5794284a1c80.html

Other Coverage: On March 20, 2016, the Times of Northwest Indiana published a Rob Earnshaw piece entitled “VU’s law school not alone in facing enrollment decline.” Enjoy the following portion:

“Valparaiso University Law School is not alone as it deals with a post-recession drop in enrollment. 

Valparaiso University announced Feb. 26 it was offering tenured faculty and those with multi-year contracts a buyout, citing a sharp decline in student applications and enrollment at its law school. 

University spokeswoman Nicole Niemi said then that VU is no exception to the sharp decline in student applications and enrollment at law schools since the recession. 

Notre Dame and Indiana University law schools also have seen their class sizes shrink, but some believe the student shortage has bottomed out and job outlooks are promising. 

Linda Hanson, president emeritus of Hamline University in Minnesota, commends VU for downsizing.  

"You cannot stay at a size that is too large for the number of students they are attracting," she said. 

Hanson was on the negotiating team during the 2015 merger of Hamline School of Law with Mitchell College of Law, a move that came in the midst of declining enrollment in law schools nationwide. Hanson, who is on the board of Mitchell/Hamline School of Law, has been following closely what's been happening since 2010 when law school enrollment began to drop off.” [Emphasis mine]

Perhaps, this pile of rancid filth can merge with Indiana TTTTTech Law $chool. Hell, back on October 8, 2012, Paul Campos noted that Indiana did not need a fifth ABA institution. Of course, the pigs moved ahead with their plans. Thankfully, that cesspool has not taken in many victims/students. 

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+8

The Toilet’s Ranking: As you can see, Valparai$o Univer$iTTTTy Sewer of Law is once again rated as a FOURTH TIER DUNG HEAP – by US “News” & World Report. What a tremendous distinction, huh?!?!

Conclusion: Valparai$o Univer$iTTTTy Sewer of Law is a vile stench pit. This school is a backed up toilet that provides it students and graduates with abysmal job prospects. Why piss away three years of your life – and incur outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – for a pointless TTTT law degree? There are tons of those losers already. You can find them working at electronics stores, hotel front desks, in insurance offices, etc. These men and women have done the research. You DO NOT NEED to join them in financial ruin. Try not to be a moron; avoid this rat hole.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Gravy Train Rolls Along: Fourth Tier Trash Pit Thomas Jefferson School of Law Wins TTTT Court Case


http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/california-jury-rejects-graduates-suit-law-school-37907683

The Expected Result Happens: On March 24, 2016, ABC News published an Associated Press story by Julie Watson, under the headline “California Jury Rejects Graduate’s Suit Against Law School.” Look at this opening segment:

“A jury found Thursday that a San Diego law school did not mislead a graduate who sued on the grounds she was lured to the school by false promises that her degree would land her a job after graduating. 

The San Diego Superior Court jury rejected Anna Alaburda's claim against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law on a 9-3 vote that was reached after about four hours of deliberations over two days…

Alaburda, who filed her lawsuit in 2011, argued that Thomas Jefferson used inflated data to bolster the success rate of its job-seeking graduates. The 37-year-old woman graduated near the top of her class in 2008 and says she has been unable to find a full-time job as a lawyer. Meanwhile, she said has been saddled with $170,000 in student debt. She sought $125,000 in damages. 

The trial came amid growing debate over such promises by schools competing to recruit students. The lawsuit was among more than a dozen similar ones filed in recent years against law schools, including Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and the University of San Francisco School of Law. Though most of the lawsuits have been dismissed, critics say they point to a need for greater regulation and transparency for law schools, so prospective students know their employment prospects, the debt they will incur and their chances of successfully passing the bar.

Michael Sullivan, an attorney for the law school, acknowledged "isolated mistakes" and "clerical errors" in data collection but said there was no evidence that the school lied. He said the verdict set no precedent but may send a signal to other students who sue. "Having an opportunity where it's fully litigated, and depositions and documents examined, to see the hype, the chatter about that did not prove to be the truth, as found by a jury, I think that's a helpful message," Sullivan told reporters after the verdict.” [Emphasis mine]

It’s uncanny how these “institutions of higher learning” ALWAYS manage to make errors that benefit the school, huh?!?! The fact that juries are comprised of people who are too damn dumb to get off of jury duty seems to have benefited the commode. Now scroll down to this comical conclusion:

“Thomas Jefferson representatives noted broad efforts to improve reporting at all law schools and expressed regret about any stain that the lawsuit inflicted on the school's reputation. 

"This is not, you know, Trump University," Sullivan said. "It is so not that. It is such a really excellent law school."

This inarticulate fool comes across as a frat boy. One wonders whether he wore khakis, JC Penney loafers, and a cheap blue blazer into court. Anyway, it is damn near impossible to hurt the reputation of a certfied dung heap. If this is the best school you can get into, I seriously question if your IQ is in the 90-95 range. As you can see, TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law is once again ranked as a FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT – by US “News “ & World Report

http://outsidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2016/03/alaburda-v-tjls-and-grand-pyrrhic.html

Other Coverage: On March 24, 2016, Law School Truth Center posted an OTLSS entry that was labeled “Alaburda v. TJSL and the Grand Pyrrhic Victory.” Scroll down for this nugget:

“But at the end of the day, consider where we were prior to the litigation compared to now. The New York Times' marquee article on the so-called "scam" didn't hit until 2011. LawProf's first post didn't hit until August of that year. While there was a solid trend of "scamblogging" prior to that, the denial on the institutional side was significantly stronger. In five years, applications and bar exam scores have plummeted and the institutional position has changed radically. While the courts have been hostile to claims of shenanigans, the market doesn't lie. That many of the students who applied in droves in 2010 would not be caught dead applying to law school in 2016 is a sign of progress - and not for the law schools. Awareness about the true state of the job market has spread, and I would it to you that the lawsuits have been an instrumental part of that process. 

While the law schools, like many large institutional actors, figured out how to comply with the letter of the law without regard to the spirit, they are unable to counter the truth. And from a combination of books, blogs and websites, and - yes - these lawsuits, the truth is now more well-known than ever. These institutions can claim that the Frank McIntyres of the world are experts and that law degrees are worth a gazillion dollars, but the buyers - sophisticated consumers, right? - seemingly aren't taking the bait like they used to.” [Emphasis mine]

http://outsidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2015/12/tracking-dramatic-decline-of-lsat.html

Enjoy your Pyrrhic victory, cockroaches. As noted in this OTLSS piece – from December 28, 2015, and based off 509 disclosure forms – TJ$L’s 25th percentile LSAT score went from 149 in 2010 down to 141 in anno Domini 2015. You can count on even lower bar passage rates for your graduates, in the next several years.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, the average person does not have much sympathy for broke-ass lawyers or debt-strapped JDs. When people hire attorneys, it’s usually out of necessity – and it is typically not a pleasant experience. Divorce proceedings, custody hearings, land disputes, and depositions don’t bring out the best in people. Why should they then feel sorry for the men and women who were unable to crack into this GLUTTED U.S. legal job market? After all, even many of the idealistic dolts thought that they were going to represent the downtrodden – while driving around in a Jaguar XJ R-Sport and wearing Brooks Brothers suits. 

The best way to avoid financial ruin is to avoid applying to, or enrolling in, garbage law schools. Once you are attending, ego and pride may compel the simpleminded to complete the TTTT journey. You are MUCH better off remaining in your current job, working your ass off to make management, and developing real connections in your workplace and industry than you will ever be by racking up $140K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a putrid academic “credential.” Don’t even think of going to cesspools such as TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law!
 
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