Friday, April 17, 2015

Loyola Law School Los Angeles Is Now Leeching Off Parent University: The $20 Million Special Payout


http://www.laloyolan.com/news/lmu-approves-special-payout-for-loyola-law/article_8ed39788-9fe6-54cc-950c-05eee52055a7.html

News of the Handout: On April 15, 2015, the Los Angeles Loyolan published a piece from senior editor Zaneta Pereira, which was headlined “LMU approves special payout for Loyola Law.” Look at this opening:

“Law school enrollment has seen a dramatic decline in the last five years. 

Since hitting its peak of 52,488 in 2010, enrollment at U.S. law schools has steadily fallen, plummeting to 37,924 this year, according to the American Bar Association. Law schools around the country have adopted various strategies in order to deal with this 27.7 percent decrease. 

Loyola Law School (LLS) has seized this opportunity to restructure and intentionally get smaller. LMU has also approved an approximately $20 million special payout from the University’s endowment towards student scholarships at the law school. 

Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Thomas O. Fleming, Jr. explained, “The special payout follows a definite plan. It’s not just ‘take $20 million and divide it by five.’ It’s an incremental thing, and it’s reviewed each year as part of the budget process. So while a payout has been approved for next fiscal year, the finance committee will be kept fully informed, and we won’t do the payout until toward the end of the fiscal year.”

Fleming also noted that, when thinking about how to deal with the situation of falling applications to the law school, it was clear that they “didn’t want to disadvantage the undergraduate education. I know that some universities are basically asking their undergraduate tuitions to take care of their funding levels as they re-size their law schools.” [Emphasis mine]

Try and spin this story any way you like, Fleming. Sure, you “intentionally got smaller,” dolt. The fact remains that the univer$ity needs to subsidize the law school – due to declining enrollment. Remember, college$ and univer$itie$ have relied on these supposed “professional schools” as cash cows – for decades.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+3

The Commode’s Ranking: As you can see, the Loyola Law Sewer is rated as the 75th greatest, most fantastic and amazing law school in the entire damn country – by US “News” & World Report. In fact, it only shares this distinct honor with two other ABA-accredited diploma mills. Yes, what a tremendous accomplishment, huh?!?! 

http://www.lls.edu/media/loyolalawschool/careerservices/pdfs-resources/ABA%20Class%20of%202014%20Employment%20Summary.pdf

Published Employment Placement Statistics: Here is the Employment Summary for 2014 Graduates of this cesspool. You will notice that there were 396 members of this gigantic-ass cohort. It’s a good thing that California – especially the southern part – doesn’t have a GLUTTED lawyer job market, huh?!?! Actually, it is THE  SECOND MOST SATURATED state in the union, for attorneys.

One person did not supply his job status to the sewage plant. Another 74 were unemployed within nine months of earning their TT law degree from this stench pit. This translates to an 81.3% employment “placement” rate – i.e. 321/395 – for the Loyola Law Sewer Lo$ Angele$ JD Class of 2014. By the way, this includes part-time, full-time, long term, short term, legal and non-law positions. Plus, total of 13 grads were placed in university or law school funded posts.  If you graduated from this dung pile and are now selling programs at Dodger Stadium, then you are considered “employed” – for the purpose of boosting the toilet’s statistics. 

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings

Average Law Student Indebtedness: According to USN&WR, the average law graduate from this dung heap’s Class of 2014 incurred an additional $147,701 in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a TT law degree. Hell, 85% of this cohort took on such foul debt. This figure does not include undergrad loans. It also doesn’t take interest that accrues while the student is enrolled into account.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2013/951/643/2013-951643334-0a61fcb1-9.pdf

Loyola Marymount Univer$ity’s Endowment: Let’s take a peek at the 2013 Form 990 for Employer ID No. 95-1643334. As of May 31, 2013, the pile of garbage known as Loyola Marymount University had an endowment of $853,512,060. On page one of this document, you will see this meaningless platitude: 

“Loyola Marymount University maintains a three-fold mission: 1) the encouragement of learning, 2) the education of the whole person, and (3) the service of faith and the promotion of justice.”

For $ome rea$on, the pigs don’t flinch when seeing the average law student indebtedness total listed above. Head to this link, and you will note that the scoundrels will charge $49,190  in tuition alone – for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year! After all, that’s what Jesus would do, right?!?!

Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school is in need of assistance. Perhaps you can find it in your heart to donate what you can to this private Catholic school – which is supposedly built on the Jesuit and Marymount tradition. If you buy the story that the bastards are using this money for the benefit of law students, then you are too damn dumb to choose your own breakfast cereal in the morning. This is a mere public relations move designed to grab applicants’ attention. Do you honestly believe that all of the recipients will retain these “scholarships” for all three years?!?! The main objective is to keep the lazy, overpaid “law professors” in cushy positions for minimal “work.”

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Open Letter to the Graduating JD Class of 2015


http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings

Average Law Student Indebtedness: Every year, a defunct magazine called US “News” & World Report publishes its idiotic law school rankings and people go crazy over this nonsense. However, it also rates ABA-accredited diploma mills by the amount of debt their students incur. For $ome rea$on, law school administrators and “professors” don’t pay much attention to this chart. Here are the biggest totals for the JD Class of 2014, of those reporting their figures – with the percentage of those taking out loans and the school’s overall rating from USN&WR:

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, $172,445, 91%, TTTT
New York Law School, $166,622, 83%, 127th greatest
Northwestern University, $163,065, 80%, 12th 
Florida Coastal School of Law, $162,785, 93%, TTTT
American University (Washington), $159,316, 83%, 71st “best”
Vermont Law School, $156,713, 84%, 122nd most amazing
Touro College (Fuchsberg), $154,855, 85%, TTTT 
University of San Francisco, $154,321, 88%, 138th
Columbia University, $154,076, 76%, 4th
Whittier College, $151,602, 91%, TTTT

Yes, who wouldn’t want to take out such outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for the mere opportunity to sit for the bar exam, right?!?! Again, these totals do not include debt from undergrad. They also do not take accruing interest into account.

Hell, even Columbia is no longer a safe bet for many students. Since you are about to receive your law degree – and at one point, you viewed yourself as having brilliant critical thinking skills – then you should notice that most of the schools on the list above are low-ranked cesspools that provide their graduates with weak-ass employment prospects.

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm

Bureau of Labor Statistics Data: Take a look at the entry for lawyers in the Occupational Handbook, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor. Specifically, focus on the following:

“Job Outlook

Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available.” [Emphasis mine]

What portion of that description gave you the idea that you were making a sound financial decision? In the end, YOU need to view law school PRIMARILY as an economic choice – because this will impact you for the rest of your life. If you do not practice law for one damn day, you still must repay the debt. It doesn’t matter if you fail the bar exam, or if people don’t hire your ass to represent them – even after you get your license.

http://www.nalp.org/uploads/NationalSummaryChart2012.pdf

Class of 2013 National Summary Chart: According to the NALP Class of 2013 National Summary Report, 86.4 percent of this massive cohort was employed within nine months of graduation, for those whose employment status was known. Of course, this figure includes non-law positions, attorney jobs, part-time and full-time work, plus long term and temporary posts.

Overall, there were 46,776 members of the JD Class of 2013 – competing for a total of 28,746 jobs labeled “bar passage required.” Keep in mind that not all of those positions were traditional attorney openings. Then again, only 45,592 graduates had their info sent to NALP. Using the entire class size, a mere 61.5% of all JDs ended up finding such legal work, i.e. 28,746/46,776. However, this figure jumps all the way up to 64.4 percent, when relying on those for whom employment status was known, i.e. 28,764/44,637.

Scroll down to page two of this PDF, and go to the subheading Type of Law Firm Job. You will notice that a total of 16,672 members of this class reported working as private lawyers. Presumably, this figure includes desperate solos and recent grads who decided to hang a shingle with their classmates. This represents 37.4 percent of those who supplied their employment status, i.e. 16,672/44,637. Imagine if medical school graduates faced a similar job outlook, after completing their professional schooling.

This is the cohort right before your group. You ignored the extensive articles and signs out there and still took the plunge. If you cannot look out for your own financial self interest, then how the hell do you expect to represent others in legal, personal and financial matters?!?! Apparently, you could not be bothered to conduct a few hours – at most – of online research. At least, the lazy “professors” got paid well – at your expense.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, you cannot avoid the following harsh truths: (a) the U.S. lawyer job market is GLUTTED; (b) outsourcing, LPOs, vendors such as LegalZoom, and other advances in software have taken a serious collective toll on the need for more attorneys; (c) these technological improvements will not slow down and, in fact, will continue to impact the legal industry; (d) law school is incredibly expensive as tuition has SKYROCKETED to disgusting levels; (e) legal academics do not adequately prepare students to practice law; and (f) the law school pigs do not give one goddamn about you, the student or recent graduate. Do you have a financial death wish?! 

Furthermore, as William Henderson of Indiana University Maurer Sewer of Law noted years ago, in his bimodal distribution analysis: if you do not land Biglaw, then you are looking at making $35K-$55K per year upon graduation. Based on this chart from NALP, this still holds true. Do the math, simpleton. You will not be able to reasonably repay $150K+ in student loans, while taking care of your necessities, on a $39K annual salary. Enjoy eating Ramen noodles and living in your parents’ home when you’re 32 years old.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Widener University School of Law is Splitting Its TTTT Campuses and Renaming Them


http://www.widener.edu/news-events/news-archive/2015/law-separation.aspx

The TTTT's AnnouncemenTTTT: Check out this portion of the stench pit’s press release:

“Widener University is pleased to announce the American Bar Association has approved its application to split its [Sewer] of Law, which has campuses in Harrisburg, Pa. and Wilmington, Del., into separate law schools that will operate independently of each other, but remain part of the university. They will be led by separate deans. 

Rod Smolla will serve as dean of Widener University Delaware Law School, the name for the school in Wilmington, Del. 

Christian A. Johnson will serve as dean of Widener University Commonwealth Law School, the name for the school in Harrisburg, Pa. 

The change in status and new names will take effect July 1, the day both deans begin their tenures. New websites for the schools debuted today at harrisburglaw.widener.edu and delawarelaw.widener.edu. 

“This is an exciting time for Widener University and its law schools,” Widener President James T. Harris III said. “The Widener School of Law has offered exceptional legal education for over 40 years. During that time, the two law campuses have grown and developed their own strengths and unique identities. Both schools will benefit from this change as it will allow each campus to showcase their strengths and individuality. This change will allow us to enhance our student services and educational offerings, with separate law school administrations dedicated to the different locations.” [Emphasis mine]

Anyone with an IQ above room temperature can see through this pathetic spin job. By the way, when have the ABA cockroaches not approved an accredited cesspool’s application? 

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2015/03/27/wideners-delaware-law-school-gets-identity/70548460/

Other Coverage: On March 31, 2015, the News Journal featured a Matthew Albright piece entitled “Widener’s Delaware law school to get its own identity.”  Look at this excerpt:

“Widener University's law school campus in Delaware will once again be called the Delaware Law School and will have a separate identity and dean from the Harrisburg campus, school officials announced Friday. 

"The Widener Law School has offered exceptional legal education for over 40 years. During that time, the two law campuses have grown and developed their own unique strengths," Widener President James Harris said. "Both schools will benefit from this change as it will allow each campus to showcase their strengths and individuality. This change will allow us to enhance our student services and educational offerings." 

Harris announced that the school's new dean will be Rod Smolla, a visiting professor of law at the University of Georgia, who has previously served as dean of the law schools of the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University and was president of Furman University. 

Smolla noted Delaware's outsized influence on the country's legal system, especially its corporate law, and praised the "Delaware Way" tradition of "civility, honor and professionalism" in the legal community. 

"As the only law school in the state, we have a special responsibility and a special relationship with the Delaware legal community," Smolla said. 

Delaware Law School opened in 1971. Widener added the Harrisburg campus in 1989, and the schools have jointly operated as the Widener School of Law.” [Emphasis mine]

The article continued:

“The American Bar Association has approved allowing the two campuses to be split into separately accredited entities within the university. School leaders say that will allow the schools to focus on specialties they have developed. The Delaware branch, for example, has a reputation for its programs in corporate and business law, family and health law and environmental law and advocacy.  

The Harrisburg campus will be called Commonwealth Law School. 

Widener Law has about 700 students pursuing Juris Doctor degrees. The Delaware location also offers legal graduate, compliance certificate, paralegal and legal nurse consulting programs.” [Emphasis mine]

http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/06/widener-law-may-slim-down-split-into-two-schools.html

Faculty Buyouts Included?: According to this June 5, 2013 entry from Dan Filler, this has been in the works for some time. The post was labeled “Widener Law May Slim Down & Split Into Two Law Schools.” Here is the entire text:

“According to a recent news report, Widener Law is considering following the path of Penn State Law and splitting into two separately accredited law schools: one in Delaware and one in Harrisburg, PA. If both plans come to pass, there will be two new law schools - both located in metro Harrisburg. Hmmm... 

In separate news, but from the same news report, Widener offered 21 law faculty members a buyout. No details on the number who accepted.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, this school seems to be thriving, huh?!?! Who wouldn’t want to attend this fine in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion?

Conclusion: Anyone dumb enough to enroll in this sinking pile of excrement deserves their fate. Do you think – for one damn second – that employers will care whether your TTTTdiploma says Widener or Widener Delaware?! After all, this school is currently ranked as a fourth tier piece of trash – by US “News” & World Report. A name change is not going to improve this toilet’s repuTTTTaTTTTion.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Financial Hell: Average Law School Indebtedness for the Class of 2014


http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings

The List: According to US “News” & World Report, here are the schools with the highest average law school indebtedness, for those members of the JD class of 2014 who incurred debt for law school. Keep in mind that these figures do not take interest that accrues while the student is enrolled into account. The second number on each line represents the percentage of each diploma mill’s class who took on such debt:

1. Thomas Jefferson School of Law: $172,445; 91%
2. New York Law School: $166,622; 83%
3. Northwestern University: $163,065; 80%
4. Florida Coastal School of Law: $162,785; 93%
5. American University (Washington): $159,316; 83%
6. Vermont Law School: $156,713; 84%
7. Touro College (Fuchsberg): $154,855; 85%
8. University of San Francisco: $154,321; 88%
9. Columbia University: $154,076; 76%
10. Whittier College: $151,602; 91%
11. California Western School of Law: $151,197; 91%
12. Georgetown University: $150,529; 79%
13. Barry University: $149,175; 95%
14. Chapman University (Fowler): $148,429; 79%
15. Stetson University: $148,394; 83%

Imagine the type of money you would need to make upon graduation, in order to repay those amounts – and feed yourself, acquire health coverage, have reliable transportation, purchase life insurance, and keep a roof over your head. Here is another problem: of the top 15 offenders, only Northwestern, Columbia, and Georgetown are rated in the first tier. This means that they at least place many JDs in Biglaw positions.

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

Trail of Tiers: Here is a breakdown of these 15 schools, by tiers – courtesy of US “News. TTTT: Barry, Cal Western, Florida Coastal, TJSL, Touro, Whittier. TTT: Chapman, 127; NYLS, 127; Stetson, 105; USF, 138; Vermont, 122. Second: American, 71. First: Columbia, 4; Georgetown 14; and Northwestern; 12. Does anyone with an IQ above room temperature think that the average graduate – of the second to fourth commodes listed above – has any expectation of landing federal jobs or Biglaw posts?!?!

https://lawschooltuitionbubble.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/14-law-schools-didnt-report-2014-graduate-debt-to-u-s-news-again/

Now Including the 13 Cesspools That Didn’t Report to USN&WR: Matt Leichter posted an entry labeled “13 Law Schools Didn’t Report 2014 Graduate Debt to U.S. News, Again” – on March 10, 2015. From his piece:

“Each year U.S. News ranks law schools based on how much debt their graduates take on. The figure excludes accrued interest, but it’s probably the best estimate of the cost of attendance at a particular law school. It’s also, unfortunately, the only source for this information as the ABA does not publicize it in the 509 Information Reports. Here’s this year’s list of absentees and their debt levels in their last reported year: 

Arizona Summit – $190,471 (2015, can be found on the school’s Web site [Interestingly, no one took out private loans…]) 
New England – $132,246 (2014) Faulkner – $122,187 (2014) 
Missouri (Kansas City) – $103,038 (2014) 
Southern Illinois – $67,966 (2014) 
Appalachian – $114,740 (2013) 
Atlanta’s John Marshall – $142,515 (2013)
Florida A&M – $96,934 (2012) 
La Verne – $112,628 (2013) 
Rutgers-Camden – $93,990 (2013) 
Southwestern – $147,976 (2013) 
Texas Southern – $99,992 (2013) 
WMU Cooley – $122,395 (2013)” [Emphasis mine]

Via USN&WR, the following NINE toilets on the list above are rated in the fourth tier: Appalachian, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law Sewer, Arizona Summitt, Faulkner, Florida A&M, New England Law Boston, Southwestern, Texas Southern, WMU Cooley. There are three in the illusTTTrious third tier: Rutgers-Camden, 102; UMKC, 127; SIU, 149. I almost forgot to mention that this table includes one school that is labeled Fifth Tier/Unranked: the University of La Verne. Yes, what “elite” law schools. And what a coincidence that all of these “principled” in$TTTiTTTuTTTions are all in the third tier or lower, huh?!?! What are the odds?

These schools are not refusing to provide these figures to this magazine, out of some sense of integrity. They do so because they want to keep this data from prospective students. Hopefully, those young men and women will view this suspiciously – and decide to avoid these schools/trash pits.

Conclusion: These are backbreaking totals. Also, you still have to pass something called the bar exam – in order to become a lawyer. Plus, you also need people to hire you to represent them on legal issues before you are an actual attorney. For $ome rea$on, the law school swine “forget” to mention this to young people. Otherwise, you merely purchased a graduate degree, for the sake of having a big-ass diploma. 

It simply does not make financial sense to incur an additional $150K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a law degree from a low-ranked school. While the ratings may be foolish in many ways, they do reflect hiring practices. Simply put, Biglaw may hire one single graduate from a third tier commode. Do you still want to sign on the dotted line?!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Angry, Desperate "Law Professors” Seek to Set Fire to the Bar Exam


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/business/dealbook/bar-exam-the-standard-to-become-a-lawyer-comes-under-fire.html

The Swine are Sqealing: On March 19, the New York Times published a piece from Elizabeth Olson, which was entitled “Bar Exam, the Standard to Become a Lawyer, Comes Under Fire.” Check out this opening:

“For decades, law school graduates have endured a stressful rite of passage, spending the first 10 weeks after classes end taking cram courses in the arcane details of the law before sitting down for the grueling, days-long bar exam. Those who do not pass cannot practice law, at least in nearly all the states and the District of Columbia that consider the exam the professional standard. 

But that standard, so long unquestioned, is facing a new round of scrutiny — not just from the test takers but from law school deans and some state legal establishments. Some states, including Arizona, Iowa and New Hampshire, are exploring or have adopted other options, questioning the wisdom of relying on a single written test as the gateway to legal practice. 

The debate over the exam is not new, but it broke out in the open after the results of last summer’s exam were released in the fall, showing that the 51,005 test takers had the poorest results in nearly a decade.

Many law school deans, bristling from criticism that they are replenishing their ranks with less academically qualified students as the number of law school applicants has fallen sharply, began to openly question the mechanics of the bar exam.” [Emphasis mine]

Isn’t it odd that the cockroaches never chirped – not once – that the bar exam is an expensive waste and that doesn’t measure legal skills, until the big-ass drop in bar passage rates this past year? What a coincidence, huh?!?!

The author then quotes several pigs. Yes, Nicholas Allard of Crooklyn Law School provides another idiotic comparison. Look at this garbage:

“Stephen C. Ferruolo, dean of the University of San Diego School of Law, said that it was the test, not the students. He asked the bar testing agency in December for details about the test to assure that it was fair and reliable. 

Otherwise, he maintained, the exam “is an unpredictable and unacceptable impediment for accessibility to the legal profession.” [Emphasis mine]

Read: Let us bring in as many students as we can, regardless of their test scores and academic credentials, charge them OUTRAGEOUS sums in tuition, and leave us the hell alone. In fact, can we simply waive everyone in, by virtue of having earned a JD?

“The bar exam “does nothing to measure lawyering skills,” said Kristin Booth Glen, a law professor and former dean of the City University of New York School of Law, which trains public interest lawyers, “and only shores up the guild mentality that there should be a barrier to prevent the legal market from being flooded during times when fewer jobs are available.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, and writing essay answers to ridiculous, idiotic fact patterns and editing articles in student-run legal journals does provide a good basis for determining whether one will be an effective lawyer, right?!?! Does anyone believe that “educators” with such reasoning “skills” and minimal “workload” should be paid $200K per year – for providing this "service"?

http://jdunderground.com/all/thread.php?threadId=87206

Other Coverage: On March 19, 2015 6:00 pm, JDU denizen “doublefriedchicken” started a thread labeled “Let’s attack the Bar Exam!” He furnished the link to the story above. Now scroll down to the following comment from “chicagojoe” – regarding Cockroach Kristin Booth Glen - posted on March 19, 2015 at 6:16 pm:

“...and apparently she doesn't care about the market being so flooded her students can't find jobs? I recall my law school exams fondly. Oh, how they measured my lawyering skills!”

Now look at this gem from accountholder “brokelawyer” – from March 27, 2015 10:55 am:

“If a school is having a problem with the majority of its students not passing the exam then it MUST be the exam's fault. Because asking whether half these people have any business even sitting for the exam is unthinkable, right? Right?” [Emphasis mine]

These comments are hilarous and insightful. Do you still want to take the plunge, Lemming?!?! This is an important life decision that will impact YOU – and your family – for the rest of your damn life. 

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+3

Average Law Student Indebtedness at the Three Toilets Above: U.S. “News” & World Report has published its new figures for the JD Class of 2014. Here are the averages for the schools that employ Nicholas Allard, Stephen Ferruolo, and Kristin Booth Glen. Here are the numbers: Brooklyn Law Sewer, $114,953; Univer$iTTy of $an Diego, $128,477; and CUNY, $82,414. It’s no wonder why these three foul rodents want you to believe that they are fighting for you, with regard to making the bar exam easier. 

Conclusion: In the final analysis, as fewer people apply to – and enroll in – ABA-accredited law schools/diploma mill, the administrators and “professors” will become even more desperate for asses in seats. Look for these pieces of trash to push for more state bar associations to license those who graduate from law school. After all, why should any law grad be asked to shell out a few thousand dollars more – when they have already been crushed by $136,722. 18 in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for their “legal education”?! If you believe that these bitches and hags are on your side, then you are mentally deficient.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

News Flash: Legal Academics Will Gladly Admit Less Qualified Students, Because Larger Enrollment Equals More Student Loan Dollars


http://www.mimesiswebtv.com/law-school/inefficient-markets-are-inefficient-what-behavioral-econ-says-about-why-some-law-schools-fail/

ABA Commodes Sinking Even Lower: On March 20, 2015, Tamara Tabo posted a Mimesis Law article entitled “Inefficient Markets Are Inefficient: What Behavioral Econ Says About Why Some Law Schools Fail.” Read the following excerpt:

“Sow’s Ears and Silk Purses and All of That

A law school’s admissions policy is crucial to its bar passage rate. Even the best teachers must work with the students who appear in their classrooms. So, let’s focus on the relationship between admissions and bar exam outcomes. 

As law school applications drop nationwide, a lot of schools have been maintaining their class sizes by accepting applicants with lower GPAs, LSAT scores, and other admissions metrics. But what if a school is already taking chances on applicants whose numbers are rock-bottom? Law schools with already-low standards are caught on the horns of a dilemma: 

(1) Maintain standards, though that means enrolling fewer students. Fewer enrolled students mean fewer tuition dollars funding the school’s operating costs. Deep cuts mean hiring freezes, pay reductions, and even eventual lay-offs. 

(2) Lower admissions standards. Put warm bodies in seats — and money in coffers — by any means necessary. But what happens in three years when those students sit for the bar exam? If a school’s bar passage rate has been in the sewer for years, to what depths will it sink when a crop of ostensibly less-qualified students face the exam? Abysmal bar numbers threaten a school’s ABA accreditation. So, an admissions policy prioritizing enrollment over student success sidesteps next year’s financial crisis but it might doom the entire institution several years in the future. 

Unfortunately, a lot of schools with low bar passage rates have been taking what’s behind Door #2. Why? 

Perverse Incentives Are Perverse. 

Perverse incentives create adverse consequences by unintentionally rewarding bad behavior. At most law schools, admissions policies are set by faculty vote or by the dean, with faculty approval. The people deciding are the same people whose paychecks could take a hit if next year’s incoming class is down 40%. 

Faculty participation is supposed to make sure that the people closest to the consequences of the policy are the ones who set the standards. Unfortunately, the system unintentionally rewards faculty for putting their own financial interests before the good of the school.” [Emphasis mine]

Admi$$ion$ commiTTTies at ABA-accredited toilets are comprised of law faculty members and usually an ass-wipe assistant dean. These are the same people who tell you how intelligent you are and what a great decision you have made – throughout the application process and during orientation.

Of course, when YOU have not secured decent employment in three years – due primarily to the GLUT of lawyers in this country – these same cockroaches often turn around and blame you for being an entitled brat or a lazy bastard who didn’t apply himself. Actually, if you are outside the top 10% of your class after first semester or first year, then you are typically dismissed by these academic thieves as a loser.

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/03/behavioral-economics-.html

Other Coverage: On March 22, 2015, Paul Caron reported on this development in an entry labeled “Behavioral Economics and Law School Failure: Tie Faculty Salaries to Student Bar Exam Performance.” He provides this portion from the Tabo piece:

“Low enrollment today frightens many law schools more than low bar passage rates three years from now. The reward of funding the current budget is a small reward compared to better bar passage and keeping the law school out of trouble with the ABA. But schools get that smaller reward right away. The reward of maintaining standards and ensuring the school’s future is greater overall, but schools won’t get that reward for several years, when the class of students admitted under the policy reaches the bar exam. 

It’s not that professors don’t care about students passing the bar. It’s just that they care about cuts to next year’s budget more.” [Emphasis mine]

Frankly, the author is far too kind to the failed lawyers known as “legal educators.” It is ALL about the money – and that was always the case. The pigs simply squealed terms such as “public service” and “giving back” in order to pull the wool over your eyes. By the way, now that fewer people are applying to law school, many of these rodents will have the opportunity to prove whether they can indeed land huge salaries that they supposedly turned down for the sake of their precious students.

Conclusion: You can bet your ass that MANY of these commodes will continue to lower their “standards.” After all, they need more warm bodies in seats so they can get their hooves on all that federal student loan money. They get paid up front, in full – while YOU, the student, are left holding the massive bag of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. Hell, before long, these cesspools will start accepting those with an IQ in the Uncle Grandpa range. At this point, making consecutive three-pointers is more impressive than earning a damn law degree.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Grab Some Popcorn: Appalachian School of Law is Apparently On the Ropes


http://m.wcyb.com/news/appalachian-school-of-law-looks-ahead/31829948

Fourth Tier Desperation: On March 16, 2015, Bristol, VA NBC affiliate WCYB featured a news story – from reporter Samantha Kozsey – headlined “The Appalachian School of Law Looks Ahead.” Take a look at this opening:

“Fewer and fewer people are attending law school. That nationwide shift means schools are competing for students as they try to balance their budgets. In 2004, there were 100,600 people nationwide who applied to law school. In 2013, there were just 59,400. 

This is especially evident at small ‘fourth tier’ schools. In fact, many have had to align themselves with larger institutions just to survive. 

We were contacted about the status of the Appalachian School of Law by people concerned about its future. News 5 WCYB’s Samantha Kozsey visited the school and spoke to one of its board of trustees, as well as alumni, faculty and former faculty as well as legal consultants about the future of law schools specifically ASL. Just about everyone we spoke to said, this is a tough time especially for the few remaining ‘free-standing’ private law schools. 

The Appalachian School of Law sits in an unlikely spot, in downtown Grundy, Va. The school opened its doors in 1994, with the first graduating class in 1997. 

This is what we found: At the height of enrollment, there were approximately 150 students in a graduating class at ASL. 

Most law schools were popping at the seams with lawyers up until about 2011, but the recession hit and the market couldn’t support the over-abundance of lawyers nationwide. Many lawyers struggled to get jobs from that point on. 

Since then, law schools nationwide have seen fewer people choosing that profession. Just look at the numbers at ASL: 

When the school opened there were 71 students. Compare that to the incoming class for 2014 which was approximately 45, that’s a 37% drop. Some estimate that number will drop even more for this coming Fall. 

Even the faculty numbers have dropped from 14 full-time professors in the Spring of 2014 to eight in the fall to seven this semester, that’s down 50%.” [Emphasis mine]

This festering garbage heap has seen better days. When there are fewer young people to rob, there will be less academic thieves feeding at the trough. Seeing that “law professors” love to proclaim that all lawyers suck at math, I will point out to them that it’s a bad sign when you have a much smaller first year class than when your commode opened it doors.

Later on, the author continued:

“Amber Floyd Lee, ASL Alumni Board of Directors, said, "The school is tuition driven. It depends on tuition of students and if students aren't there, it doesn't have the financial resources to keep it going and a bigger issue right now is they don't have the professors to keep going."

Amber Lee says the Alumni Association is looking at all options including legal action against the board the trustees. 

The big concern? Is there enough money coming in to keep the school going?" [Emphasis mine]

Yes, this law school/diploma mill is CLEARLY in great financial shape, right?!?!  Notice how the officials are not interested in their students' job prospects or massive debt load.

http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/virginia-s-law-schools-address-declining-enrollment/article_7212a030-afe7-11e4-958b-5be8a1a19918.html

Prior Coverage: Back on February 8, 2015, the Daily Progress republished a Roanoke Times piece from Luanne Rife. That article was entitled “Virginia’s law schools address declining enrollment. Check out this portion, near the end of the report:

“At Appalachian School of Law “our school is only 17 years old. The alumni isn’t of the age yet for endowments. We do have private donors who are very good to us,” said Donna Weaver, director of institutional development. For the most part the school is tuition driven. 

Because of the downturn of applications, the board of trustees lowered the number of faculty. We cut to the bare bone,” she said. 

The school is considering an alliance with Emory & Henry. “It would connect us to a college in Virginia that could be a good feeder school,” she said. 

Appalachian also hired a market research firm to help develop a strategic plan. With it, the school could possibly access funding through a federal tax credit program. The plan is also to identify geographic areas from which to recruit students. 

For example, Weaver said the school has a strong natural resource program that would appeal to students wanting to pursue environmental and land-use law. 

She said the school appeals to students wanting a nontraditional setting and a close faculty relationship and who want to be lawyers.” [Emphasis mine]

At least, Weaver admits that after 17 years in existence, the alumni does not have the deep pockets or pull to provide endowment money for the law school. It’s odd that so many idiots continue sign up to attend brand new ABA-accredited toilets. Hell, those schools don’t even have the network necessary to absorb or hire recent grads.

By the way, it’s pathetic how this supposed “institution of higher education” is trying to access funding through a federal tax credit program. Then again, academic parasites and leeches don’t have any principles – or any shame. They would swim through a river of excrement, in order to grab a few bucks.

Conclusion: According to the WCYB story, the pigs are in discussions regarding affiliating with something called the Emory & Henry College. Seeing that this is a tiny-ass, liberal arts dump, how much money will they be able to spend in order to keep Fourth Tier Trash Pit Appalachian Sewer of Law afloat?!
 
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