Saturday, February 6, 2016
Par for the Course: On January 26, 2016, the Indiana Lawyer published a Marilyn Odendahl piece, that was entitled “ABA committee recommends Indiana Tech Law School for accreditation.” Read the portion below:
“Indiana Tech Law School’s application for provisional accreditation has received support within the American Bar Association.
The Accreditation Committee of the ABA’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar recommended Jan. 21 that Indiana Tech’s application be approved. The Fort Wayne law school must now get final approval from the Section’s Council.
Indiana Tech Law School will make its presentation during the council’s scheduled meeting March 11 and 12 in Phoenix, Arizona.
“While I am grateful for the committee’s work and their recommendation, I recognize and respect the Council’s role in this process and look forward to appearing before the Council in March,” Indiana Tech Law School Dean Charles Cercone said in a statement.
In 2015, the ABA denied Indiana Tech’s application. According to Cercone, the bar association was concerned that the law school had not fully developed its curriculum.” [Emphasis mine]
For $ome rea$on, the ABA swine like to hold their idiotic meetings in warm weather locales – especially when cold temperatures persist in much of the country. Evidently, this helps stimulate “productivity.”
Other Coverage: On January 26, 2016, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel featured a story from Kevin Leininger, with the headline “Indiana Tech’s law school recommended for accreditation.” Look at the concluding paragraph:
“Law schools cannot seek accreditation until their second year of operation, and failure to receive accreditation in the first attempt is not considered uncommon. Accreditation is important, because some states, including Indiana, do not allow students from non-accredited schools to take the bar examination necessary to practice law.” [Emphasis mine]
Even cub reporters can see through the ABA’s tactics. Deny in year one, approve next time.
Only 15 Students Accepted Free Tuition Offer: Back on September 1, 2015, “Old Guy” posted an OTLSS entry that was labeled “Indiana Tech can’t be given away.” Check out the following portion from that article:
“Desperate times call for desperate measures. And the raffling off of a "scholarship" to someone who had not even applied was not nearly desperate enough. With a new scam-dean to open year 3, Indiana Tech proved its vaunted innovative spirit by eliminating tuition. Yes, this year anyone enterprising enough to attend Indiana Tech won't spend a sou for the intellectual fellowship of such godlike figures as Dougie Fresh and Lamparello!
Indiana Tech was hoping to draw in twenty first-year students this year. How many people actually enrolled?
Fifteen.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, that is the definition of “success,” right?!?! Hell, that is the equivalent of a woman telling you that she will sleep with you for free – and you still turn her down flat. Then again, Indiana TTTTTech Law Sewer is one unattractive pig.
Spot On Analysis: The Law School Truth Center featured an epic entry, “ABA Answers Long-Debated Question, Would Accredit a Turkey Sandwich,” on February 4, 2016. Do not drink or eat anything while reading this description:
“For any accreditation body that had a modicum of standards, accrediting this dead turkey would seem like a long-shot. Thankfully, the ABA understands the need to be inclusive in a field rife with elitism, such as the idea that a law school should be functional and seriously benefit students.
To use a metaphor, the confident young woman of pious virtue would simply scoff at the greasy drunken slob at the end of the bar who just suggested spontaneous bathroom coitus. There's a minimum bar to even having the negotiation, and that disgusting and hairy dude's not even close.
But the ABA is not a confident young woman of stuck-up pious virtue who sets arbitrary bars of availability based on traditional heuristics like attractiveness or health. No - the ABA is the kind-hearted, yet tough as nails, sex-addicted slut, who sees disgusting Indiana Tech feebly sitting in that port-side attraction, lonely day after lonely day, showering himself only with slurred philosophy and brushing his teeth only with suds. The ABA's one of the sporty gals who welcomes every able-bodied seaman into Manilla or Havana. With a wink and some routine procedure, she inducts them into that fraternity of one-time sailors who've spent a shore leave in that comforting port-of-call. To that honeyed whore, the ABA, the thought of revolting Indiana Tech isn't so much a turn-off as it is an opportunity. Indeed, this young sailor is special; he might grow into a strong and vibrant man of the community, enrolling hundreds of students and being a beacon of light to all who could see. Indeed, it would be undue discrimination for her, the ABA, to deny the application. But more importantly, it's just what the ABA does. Some women make careers; some women make house; the ABA is the seasoned whore who sees nobility and prestige in fornicating with a cross around her neck.” [Emphasis mine]
This describes the ABA’s role perfectly! Frankly, meth whores who walk by with twitching limbs have higher standards than these rodents.
Conclusion: This is a pattern by the American Bar Association criminals. They are known to deny accreditation to true cesspits on the first application, only to rubber stamp it the second time. These people are about as predictable as a prostitute presented with a few hundred dollars in cash. In the end, they will cave in and fall to their knees. It’s what the bitches and hags at the ABA do best.
Posted by Nando at 2:51 AM
Monday, February 1, 2016
Moody’s Downgrades California Western School of Law Bond Rating and Withdraws Vermont Law School’s Ba1 Rating For Business Reasons
Cal We$TTTTern Flushed!: On January 25, 2016, Moody’s published an item labeled “Rating Action: Moody’s downgrades California Western’s bonds to Baa3; outlook negative.” Enjoy the following portion:
“Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the rating on California Western School of Law to Baa3 from Baa1 reflecting materially worse than previously projected operating deficits. Operating pressure is likely to continue for a period longer than expected, leading to deterioration of spendable cash and investments.
The investment grade Baa3 rating is supported by the school's ample financial resource cushion to low amount of debt, conservative debt structure with good headroom on covenants, very healthy liquid reserves relative to similar rated peers, and stabilization of enrollments for this tuition dependent school.
The outlook remains negative based on weak prospects for net tuition revenue growth, our expectations that the school will continue to draw down on its reserves to support its rightsizing efforts and that operating performance will remain pressured in the near term.
Factors that Could Lead to an Upgrade
Sustained improvement to student demand including growth in net tuition revenue
Multi-year trend of improvement in operating performance
Factors that Could Lead to a Downgrade
Failure to meet projections for FY 2016 or failure to reduce deficits starting FY 2017
Greater than expected decline in liquidity
Declining enrollment” [Emphasis mine]
Don’t worry too much. The pigs will make sure to keep enrolling waterheads and those with borderline functioning IQ. Perhaps they will start recruiting from California halfway houses, mental institutions, and homeless shelters.
VermonTTT Law School Gets Power Flushed: On January 28, 2016, Moody’s posted a gem that was entitled “Rating Action: Moody’s Withdraws Vermont Law School’s Ba1 rating for business reasons.” Here is the substantive segment:
“Moody's Investors Service has withdrawn Vermont Law School's Ba1 rating on its Series 2011A bonds.
SUMMARY RATING RATIONALE
Moody's has withdrawn the rating for its own business reasons. Please refer to the Moody's Investors Service's Policy for Withdrawal of Credit Ratings, available on its website, www.moodys.com.” [Emphasis mine]
That can’t be good news for a free-standing law school. Keep in mind that this trash pit has already experienced cutbacks to staff, as well as handing out faculty buyouts.
Other Coverage: The Washington Post featured a Jeffrey J. Selingo article, headlined “Three predictions about the future of legal education” – on January 27, 2016. Focus on the information below:
“Law schools are in deep trouble. Moody’s downgraded the California Western School of Law and gave the free-standing private law school in San Diego a “negative outlook,” adding that its financial pressures are “likely to continue for a period longer than expected.”
California Western is not alone in its struggles. Fewer students are going to law school and fewer graduates are obtaining the jobs that they went to law school to get.
During the past decade, the number of law schools increased by 9 percent, to 204, according to Moody’s, while the number of new students hit its lowest number since 1973, when there were just 151 law schools.
What’s more, the American Bar Association, which collects data on job placement, found that for the Class of 2014, just 60 percent were employed in long-term, full-time positions that require them to pass the bar nine months after graduation.
“The legal industry is experiencing a fundamental shift rather than a cyclical trend,” Moody’s said in a recent report about law schools.
But it seems everyone is aware of the changing (and depressed) job market for lawyers except for the people running law schools.” [Emphasis mine]
Apparently, the thieving “educators” are the last to know about the GLUTTED lawyer job market in the U.S. Then again, this is due to willful ignorance.
Conclusion: Both of these schools are steaming piles of rancid excrement. As you can see, US “News” & World Report ranks California We$TTTTern Sewer of Law as a FOURTH TIER TRASH CAN. However, USN&WR rates VermonTTT Law $chool as the co-122nd greatest, most amazing and wonderful law school in the entire country. Have fun trying to improve your bond ratings, bitches! Sadly, mental midgets will keep applying to, and enrolling in, these filthy, decrepit commodes.
Posted by Nando at 5:14 AM
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Second Tier Toilet Villanova University School of Law Receives $25 Million Gift and Will Be Renamed After the Donor
News of the Gift: On January 20, 2016, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a piece from staff writer Susan Snyder, under the headline “Villanova law school gets $25M gift and a new name.” Check out this opening:
“Villanova University will rename its School of Law for a 1973 alumnus who went on to a career in investment management, marking the first time that one of the university's schools will carry the name of a donor.
Charles "Chuck" Widger, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital, a Berwyn investment management firm, gave the school $25 million, the second-largest donation in Villanova's history, the university announced Wednesday.
The money is largely to be used for scholarships for students who show leadership skills and an interest in both business and law - worlds that Widger has bridged. The funds also will endow a professor who will be based in the School of Law but work across disciplines and create an "innovation fund" for new academic programs, school officials said.
"Giving to the law school has been on a tremendous upward momentum, and we see Chuck's gift as the capstone that will further propel us forward," said John Gotanda, dean of the law school, to be known as the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.
The gift comes as many law schools around the country have coped with declining enrollment. It also gives Villanova's law school a boost as it overcomes a 2011 grade-inflation scandal that led to the departure of some administrators.
Villanova's law school enrolls 492 students, down from 725 in 2011.” [Emphasis mine]
You're welcome, bitches! Scroll down to this comical conclusion:
“Founded in 1953, the law school counts among its graduates lawyers at some of the region's leading law firms, as well as former Gov. Ed Rendell. The school was rocked in 2011 when Villanova disclosed that a handful of administrators had inflated admissions data of incoming students to boost the law school's U.S. News & World Report rankings. Those administrators are gone.
The school purposely downsized over the last few years as the market for lawyers declined, said Gotanda, who became dean in 2011.
"We're to the point where we think we are just the right size," he said.” [Emphasis mine]
Sure, you pigs deliberately took in smaller class sizes – in the same way that losers choose not to ask out the pretty brunette in the office, i.e. the same woman who wouldn’t notice if their ass was on fire. Quit trying to pass the drop in enrollment off as something that you jackals planned.
The Cesspool’s Press Release: On January 20, 2016, the dung heap posted a release that was labeled “$25 Million Gift Designated for the Villanova University School of Law from Alumnus Charles Widger, Esq. ’73 VLS.”
“Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, today announced a transformative $25 million leadership gift to its School of Law from alumnus Charles Widger, Esq., ’73 VLS, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital.
This investment is the largest ever to the Law School and the second largest in the University’s history. In recognition, the School will be named the “Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.” With this designation, the Law School becomes the first named school at Villanova University.
“Charles Widger’s historic gift recognizes the strength of Villanova’s Law School—our faculty, students and our alumni—and the unwavering belief in its future,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “The gift will propel our Law School forward to new heights, and I am pleased and honored that the School will now and forever be connected to the Widger name.”
This commitment will further strengthen the School of Law’s forward momentum and its position as a leader in legal education.” [Emphasis mine]
Enough with the hyperbole, morons. For your own sake, please use some breath mints, when you are done worshiping this man's ass. This large donation will not magically transform the school from a mediocre garbage disposal site to a stellar institution.
The Commode’s Ranking: Surely, this school must have one hell of a reputation, in order to attract such a big-ass donation. Well, US “News” & World Report rates Villanova Univer$iTTy Charle$ Widger Sewer of Law as the 87th greatest, most remarkable and exceptional law school in the entire damn country! In fact, it “only” shares this distinction with the following six toilets: Northeastern, Rutgers-Newark, St. Louis University, SUNY Buffalo, Syracuse, and the “University” of New Hampshire. What a tremendous accomplishment, huh?!?!
Tuition: As you can see, the bitches and hags are charging 1st year, full-time law students a total of $42,540 in tuition and fees – for the 2015-2016 school year. Somehow, I doubt that this $25 million contribution/purchase of naming rights to the trash pit’s coffers will help defray the cost of attendance for most of the students enrolled in this garbage pile.
Conclusion: This is such a great story. After all, there is such a shortage of academic buildings named after rich, white guys in this country! It’s nice to see such a large “gift” go to a “non-profit institution of higher learning,” right?! For $ome rea$on, these wealthy donors don’t shell out serious cash to have food pantries named after them. I suppose that these old fossils feel that would not be as “prestigious” as plastering their names on a law school – even if it happens to be merely ranked as the 87th “best” toilet in the nation.
Posted by Nando at 4:59 AM
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Falling Standards: ABA-Accredited Law Schools Have Collectively Enrolled a Much Higher Percentage of Students with LSAT Scores Below 150, Since 2010
Welcome to Law School, Moron!: On January 20, 2016, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry that was labeled “The Great Law School Brain Drain Is The Reason Why More People Are Failing The Bar Exam Than Ever Before.” Look at this opening:
“For the past two years, alarming headlines have followed in the wake of the scoring of the summer administrations of the bar exam. The first drop in nationwide bar exam scores in July 2014 prompted Erica Moeser, president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, to declare that test takers were “less able” than their predecessors. Law school deans protested Moeser’s harsh categorization of their graduates, but when the stunningly subpar results of the July 2015 bar exam were announced, she was proven correct. Per Moeser, this wasn’t “unexpected” — after all, since the law school crisis began, students with lower qualifications who “may encounter difficulty” on the bar exam were being admitted in droves. Law school administrators were sorely mistaken if they thought that this would result in a happy ending.
Now that the effects of the great law school brain drain are on display for the world to see, it’s time to take a look at exactly what caused this phenomenon to occur. Professor Jerry Organ of the University of St. Thomas School of Law has been tracking LSAT profiles of law school matriculants for years, and the results of his analysis are shocking.
Research has shown that LSAT scores correlate with scores on the bar exam. Take a look at these changes in matriculant LSAT data from 2010 to 2015, and then you’ll see one of the reasons why fewer law school graduates have passed the bar exam in recent years:
[Chart labeled LSAT Matriculant Score Changes 2010-2015]
While the percentage of matriculants with LSAT scores between 150-159 has remained relatively stable, the percentage of matriculants with scores of 160 or greater has slowly declined, and the percentage of matriculants with scores of 150 or lower has continued to increase year after year. If that’s not scary enough for you, check out this line graph:
[Chart labeled LSAT Matriculant Score Changes 2010-2015 Line Graph]
This is what happens when law schools are so desperate for cash that they’ll admit anyone with a pulse.” [Emphasis mine]
The law school pigs CLEARLY do not care about admitting the mental midgets – and strapping those fools down with outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. They don’t even care about the residual effect this will have on future legal clients or the garbage “profession” itself. Then again, it’s not as if these “educators” practice law for a living. During Orientation, these cockroaches proclaim this as “a noble endeavor.” Yet, it should have raised some red flags – among the enrolled students – that the typical tenured “law professor” spent about 12 minutes in practice.
Organ's Analysis: On January 18, 2016, the Legal Whiteboard featured a piece from Jerry Organ, under the headline “Changes in Composition of the LSAT Profiles of Matriculants and Law Schools Between 2010 and 2015.” Read the portion below:
“In late December 2014, I posted a blog analyzing how the distribution of matriculants across LSAT categories had changed since 2010 based on the LSAC’s National Decision Profiles and on law school 50th percentile LSATs and 25thpercentile LSATs across ranges of LSAT scores. With the LSAC’s recent release of the 2014-15 National Decision Profile and the ABA’s recent release of Standard 509 data, I am posting this blog to provide an update with the 2015 data.
At one level, this is a story that has already become well understood over the last year since my blog posting, with much discussion of the relationship between declining LSAT profiles and declining median MBE scores and bar passage rates. This 2015 information indicates that the decline in the LSAT profiles of matriculants and of law schools has continued, although with some moderation.
Given that the LSAT profiles of matriculants and of law schools for fall 2013, fall 2014 and fall 2015 are less robust than those for fall 2011 and fall 2012 (the classes that graduated in 2014 and 2015, respectively), one can anticipate that the declines in median MBE scaled scores and corresponding bar passage rates in 2014 and 2015 will continue in July 2016, 2017 and 2018 absent increases in attrition (I discussed attrition rates in a blog posting in October), significant improvement in academic support programs at law schools, or improved bar preparation efforts on the part of graduates.” [Emphasis mine]
Scroll down for the following telling sign:
“Note that in terms of the percentage change in the number of matriculants in each LSAT category, the four highest LSAT categories are all down at least 30% since 2010, with 165-169 and 170+ down over 40%, while the two lowest LSAT categories are up, with <145 being up over 60%."
Yes, what a "prestigious" degree, right?!?! hell, beating your neighbor's eight year old kid at chess is a bigger accomplishment than receiving an AccepTTTance LeTTTer from an ABA law school.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, only those on the payroll of ABA-accredited toilets - along with an occasional waterhead lemming who is intent on going to law school at all costs - will continue defending falling admi$$ion$ "standards." If law school truly was professional school, then morons who obtain pathetic LSAT scores would have no shot in hell of gaining admission to any approved JD program. We have reached the point now where a dunce with a 148 exam score will have his pick of several ABA commodes. When that same idiot is weighed down with $170K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - and is working at PetSmart or Costco for a living - we'll see how proud he is then of his TTT law degree.
Posted by Nando at 9:35 AM
Monday, January 18, 2016
The News: On January 11, 2016, Matt Leichter posted a Law School Tuition Bubble entry that was labeled “Which Law Schools Are Shedding Full-Time Faculty? (2015 Edition)” Check out his opening:
“Facing shrinking law-school enrollments, many law schools have responded by reducing their faculties. The phenomenon is worth measuring because faculty reductions aren’t always announced publicly, often appearing in the guises of retirements and quiet buy-outs. Consequently, the ABA’s 509 information reports can shed light on changes in law-school faculties. Here’s the cumulative distribution up until 2015.
As with last year, I will estimate the decline in fall full-time law-school faculties among the 202 law schools that aren’t in Puerto Rico. The peak for full timers occurred in 2010 (9,093), but that estimate includes the “other full-time faculty” category (clinicians and legal-writing instructors, if I recall), which the ABA no longer tracks independently. The ABA removed that category last year, so at least the 2015-to-2014 comparison will be consistent.
Fall full-time faculty fell by only 3.1 percent this year (-249). Last year the decline was 7.8 percent (-690), indicating a remarkable improvement. Since 2010, the cumulative decline has been 13.3 percent.” [Emphasis mine]
After performing this research, Leichter then provided charts, so we can track each commode. Western Michigan University Cooley Law School – formerly known as TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law $chool – has shed the largest amount of cockroaches at 57. Penn State Dickinson was second at 38, and George Washington came in third with 36 fewer pigs feeding at the trough. Rounding out the top ten: Florida Coa$TTTTal, 32; SUNY Buffalo, 30; John Marshall, 30; Pacific McGeorge, 29; VermonTTT, 28; Hof$tra, 26; and Arizona $ummiTTTT, 25. You will notice that private toilets have been affected the most.
Other Coverage: Paul Caron reported on this development in his January 12, 2016 post, “Law Schools Have Shed 1,206 Full-Time Faculty (13.3%) Since 2010.” Here is the full substantive text of his article:
"Matt Leichter has published the 2015 edition of his Which Law Schools Are Shedding Full-Time Faculty? Law schools have shed 1,206 full-time faculty (13.3%) since 2010, and 249 full-time faculty (3.1%) since last year.
142 law schools have shed full-time faculty since 2010, with 21 law schools shedding 20 or more full-time faculty[.]
49 law schools have added full-time faculty since 2010, with 13 law schools adding 10 or more full-time faculty[.]" [Emphasis mine]
Regarding the schools that added full-time cockroaches, some of these institutions have stellar reputations. I still don’t see why Columbia decided to add 54 members to its faculty. However, several of the trash pits in this category are newer, and so any hire at those dumps led to an increase. Interestingly, CharloTTTTe increased by 13, and it is an established toilet – and member of InfiLaw.
JDU Commentary: On January 12, 2016, at 8:16 pm, JDU user “massivemissive” started a thread labeled “Law Schools Have Shed 1,206 Full-Time Faculty Since 2010.” JDU accountholder “rossi” posted the following remarks, on January 13, 2016 2:47 am:
“Great news! More to come I bet.
Campos says most law schools are surviving on support from the host uni to avoid deeper cuts. That will not last forever.”
On January 13, 2016 8:40 am, “6figuremistake” wrote this reply:
“Good point. During the law school boom, the host universities loved their law schools because they were cash cows. Now that it looks like they will become permanent burdens, there will be greater to pressure to cut costs and possibly even close down some of the least profitable institutions.
With the possibility of another recession in the near future, post-LS employment is going to become even more unattainable. The legal market has barely recovered from the last downturn, so this one should definitely sink a few ships.”
It’s about damn time that the law school pigs start feeling the effects of the prevailing job market that everyone else has been exposed to, for decades! These cockroaches have been in a protective bubble, due to federal student loans, tenure, and ABA requirements regarding the makeup of faculty. I’m sure the faculty most affected are young “professors” and old farts taking “early retirment.” By the way, faculty pay is the biggest expense for the commodes. However, I don’t see any indication that ABA-accredited diploma mills have collectively lowered tuition rates by 13.3 percent, since 2010.
Conclusion: Now these unemployed “educators”/self-proclaimed “public servants” can truly show us how they can go out and make MUCH MORE MONEY in the private sector than they “earn” in academia. After all, they are making “a huge sacrifice” in order to “educate and train the next generation of lawyers,” i.e. the next group of underemployed JDs. Surely, Sullivan & Cromwell will pay high salaries for someone who “works” 4-6 hours per week and needs a sabbatical to write law review articles on how sitcoms can affect public policy, right?!?! All they have to do now is prove their assertion - and overcome their aversion to actual work.
Posted by Nando at 7:54 AM
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Belated Happy New Year: On January 7, 2016, the ABA Journal published a Debra Cassens Weiss piece that was headlined “Judge refuses to toss suit over law school’s employment stats; trial is set for March.” The full text follows:
“In a Dec. 28 decision, Judge Joel Pressman of San Diego allowed the students’ claims and set a March trial date, Above the Law Reports. “Never before has a law school been forced to actually stand trial for allegedly inflating its employment statistics,” the blog says. “This is historic.”
The four plaintiffs allege the school violated California law regarding unfair business practices, false advertising and consumer protection, and committed the torts of intentional fraud, negligent misrepresentation and negligence.
Pressman said there are triable issues of fact as to whether the four plaintiffs reasonably relied on the employment statistics in deciding whether to attend the school, and whether the statistics were inaccurately reported.
“Plaintiffs have all stated they believed that the employment statistics in U.S. News & World Report reflected the status of graduates who either worked in a professional capacity, worked as attorneys or worked in law-related jobs,” Pressman wrote.
“The ‘methodology’ section in U.S. News & World Report is not necessarily dispositive,” Pressman continued. “It states: ‘Employed graduates includes those reported as working or pursuing graduate degrees.’ This does not necessarily render plaintiffs’ interpretation unreasonable. A reasonable consumer would not believe employment figures included any and all employment, which would render the figure meaningless in the context of a legal education. A reasonable consumer expects the employment figure to include graduates who work in law-related jobs.”
Lawyers for the students told Above the Law they plan to present evidence that the school reported different numbers to U.S. News & World Report and to the National Association for Law Placement. The lawyers also allege the school had a practice of reporting graduates as employed as long as they had any job at any time since graduation.” [Emphasis mine]
Don’t expect the judge or jury to rule in favor of these former students. Especially, since this is a fourth tier garbage heap. The school’s attorneys ought to be able to successfully argue that these morons should have done their due diligence, i.e. performed basic research.
Other Coverage: On January 7, 2016, Above the Law posted a Staci Zaretsky entry that was labeled Thomas Jefferson School Of Law To Stand Trial For Allegedly Inflating Employment Statistics.” Check out the portion below:
“In May 2011, Anna Alaburda, a 2008 honors graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, filed a class-action lawsuit against her alma mater, alleging that the law school had commited fruad by publishing deceptive post-graduation employment statistics and salary data in order to bait new students into enrolling. When her complaint was first filed, she claimed that despite graduating at the top of her class and passing the California bar exam, she was unable to find suitable legal employment, and had racked up more than $150,000 in student loan debt.
Almost five years later, after acquiring three additional class plaintiffs, inspiring dozens of other class-action lawsuits against law schools, and surviving several motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, it seems that judgment day has finally come for Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Plaintiffs Anna Alaburda, Jill Ballard, Daniela Loomis, and Nikki Nguyen prevailed on all issues in the latest the law school’s latest motion for summary judgment, and the case has been set for trial in March.
While many other law schools have been taken to court over issues similar to the ones presented in the Alaburda case, never before has a law school been forced to actually stand trial for allegedly inflating its employment statistics. This is historic.
The operative complaint contains counts for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, negligence, and violations of various California statutes (including laws against unfair and deceptive business practices and false advertising). In considering each cause of action, Judge Joel M. Pressman found for the plaintiffs time and again, overruling each of Thomas Jefferson Law’s arguments.” [Emphasis mine]
While I do not expect much to come of this case, it is still significant. No other suit against an ABA-accredited diploma factory has made it to this stage. The law school pigs will need to produce documents during discovery. However, in the end, there is no escaping the fact that this in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion of “higher learning” is consistently rated in fourth tier wasteland, by USN&WR. This clearly shows that law students are not “sophisticated consumers.”
Average Law School Indebtedness: By the way, US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those unfortunate souls who comprise the TJ$L Class of 2014 who incurred debt for law school - as $172,445. Hell, 91% of this school’s 2014 cohort took on such foul debt. That is THE LARGEST FIGURE of any school that furnished data to this dead magazine!
Conclusion: TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law is a FOURTH TIER TRASH HEAP that charges its students/willing rape victims ridiculous sums in annual tuition. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the amount for those enrolled full-time is $46,200. These idiots then walk away owing outrageous amounts in student loans. How is that for logic and critical thinking, bitch?! These graduates are expected to compete for legal jobs in the LEGENDARILY GLUTTED California lawyer job market. Simply put, these young men and women have essentially no shot at attaining a relatively secure middle class lifestyle – while comfortably repaying their student debt. But at least the commode was able to spend $90 million on a new building in downtown San Diego, according to this San Diego Free Press article. And that’s what really matters to the cockroaches who operate this filth pit.
Posted by Nando at 4:49 AM
Saturday, January 9, 2016
AP Skewers the Pigs: On December 6, 2015, US “News” & World Report republished a Sudhim Thanawala article for the Associated Press under the headline “Lawsuits part of call for greater transparency about value of law school education.” Look at this opening:
“Nikki Nguyen left a $50,000-a-year job at Boeing Co. in 2006 to pursue a law degree at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, her sister's successful career as a corporate attorney providing a glimpse of the possibilities she imagined ahead of her.
Instead, she struggled for more than a year to find a job after she graduated and watched her student loan debt of over $180,000 balloon.
Nguyen, 34, is among 12 former Thomas Jefferson students who are suing the university in a California court, accusing it of inflating its graduates' employment figures and salaries to attract students.
"They weren't transparent," said Nguyen, whose case is scheduled to go to trial in March.
"People who have a dream of law school should go into it with their eyes wide open." An attorney for Thomas Jefferson, Michael Sullivan, denied the allegations and said the school was following procedures set by the American Bar Association that have since changed.” [Emphasis mine]
It’s funny how bitches and hags at ABA-accredited dung heaps like to say “Welcome to the profession,” in their acceptance letters and emails to lemmings. Then during OrienTTTaTTTion, the swine administrators and “professors” CLEARLY tell their students to start “Thinking of yourselves as lawyers, from this day forward.” After first semester, it becomes patently clear that the cockroaches only care about those in the top decile of the class. When you graduate without a decent job – due to receiving a law degree from a stench pit – then you are suddenly dismissed as “a lazy, entitled bastard.”
Skip two paragraphs down:
“Thomas Jefferson reported post-graduation employment figures that exceeded 70 percent and topped 90 percent in 2010, but did not disclose that those figures included part-time and non-legal work such as a pool cleaner and a sales clerk at Victoria's Secret and were based on a small sample of graduates, according to Nguyen's lawsuit and her attorney, Brian Procel. The lawsuit further alleges that the school routinely reported unemployed students as employed and shredded surveys and other documents that reflected a more accurate employment picture.
Thomas Jefferson responded in court documents that the students ignored additional available employment data. Sullivan said there is "no evidence that demonstrates any effort on the part of the school to misrepresent the post-graduate employment numbers." [Emphasis mine]
These academic sociopaths and thieves never take any responsibility for their selfish, sickening actions. What beacons of integrity, huh?!?!
More TTTT News Regarding TJ$L: On December 21, 2015, Yahoo Finance re-posted a BusinessInsider piece from Abby Jackson. It was entitled “A guy with $170,000 in student loans who can't find a job in the legal profession is suing his law school and working full time for Uber.” Read the portion below:
“[Clark] Moffatt is one of 12 former TJSL students now suing the law school, which they claim intentionally inflated postgraduation employment figures and salaries in order to lure applicants.
Four former students filed a lawsuit against the school in 2011, and Clark is one of another eight plaintiffs who filed separate suits against the school in 2014. The case filed in 2011 is scheduled to go to trial in early 2016.
The school is accused of reporting postgraduation employment figures that topped 90% in 2010 but neglecting to disclose that the figures included part-time work, such as pool cleaner and Victoria’s Secret sales clerk, the Associated Press reported this month, citing the suit and an attorney for the graduates.
“Mark Twain once said, ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.’ This case covers all three,” stated a recent filing in the case that was originally filed in 2011.
For its part, TJSL said in a court filing the year after the 2011 suit was filed that “at all times, TJSL calculated its employment statistics in full compliance with the [American Bar Association’s] reporting guidelines for law schools and the requirements of US News.” [Emphasis mine]
Does anyone else feel the need to puke, when they see the law school pigs hide behind this weak-ass excuse, “We were in full compliance with ABA requirements”? This is the academic version of the Nuremberg Defense. You see scum, across all industries, adopt the same tactic after the fact – as if this somehow makes their conduct acceptable or just.
Conclusion: It is beyond sad that morons keep applying to, and enrolling in, this certified pile of dog excrement. Now, you understand why paint cans prominently feature warning labels. These waterheads need to be protected against themselves. Every scam needs willing victims, as well as the ignorant ones. However, this does not absolve the filthy swine who run these “institutions of higher learning” – for their disgusting, deplorable actions. In the end, these pieces of garbage only care about one thing – getting their hands on big-ass bags of federal student loan money. They do not even give a damn about the supposed “profession.” Which means they couldn’t care less about YOU, the student and recent graduate. Wise up, fools. Forget law school and avoid the plunge to financial ruin.
Posted by Nando at 7:46 AM