Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Glorious News: On July 22, 2014, the ABA Journal published a piece from Martha Neil, under the headline “Law school applications down 37 percent since 2010; first-year class could be smallest in 40 years.” Check out this opening:
“Those hoping that a multiyear trend of declining law school applications and admissions would come to an end this year are confronting disappointing statistics.
Applications for the class that begins law school this fall are down 8 percent following double-digit declines the two previous years, according to statistics compiled by the Law School Admission Council. That adds up to a total drop in applications of 37 percent since 2010, and likely means an entering class of around 38,000, a University of North Carolina law professor tells the National Law Journal (sub. req.).
If law professor Alfred Brophy is right, that would be the smallest group to enter American Bar Association-accredited law schools since 1974, the article says. In 2010, a total of 52,488 individuals began their first year of law school.
Brophy called the numbers "a real morale buster," and said it's unclear when the enrollment decline will stop. "Law school just isn't the path into the middle class that it once was," he told the legal publication.” [Emphasis mine]
This is what happens when you bring unfiltered, solid information to college graduates. Once law schools could no longer assert 98 percent employment placement rates for their recent classes, lemmings began to notice a significant drop in this metric.
Brophy is correct, even if he engaged in a huge understatement. Perhaps, in the 1980s and early 1990s – when tuition was relatively dirt cheap - law school provided a decent chance to enter the middle class. Now if you attend, you will essentially be required to incur an additional $100K-$180K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – for a realistic chance to land a job that pays $35K-$45K annually. Who in their right mind would make this decision?!?!
The article then continued:
“However, Northwestern University's law school dean said the hope that the number of law school applications would remain the same or go up this year was based on "wishful thinking."
"Frankly, there was never a very good theory as to why we would see a correction this year, nor did the data point in that direction," dean Daniel Rodriguez told the NLJ. He serves as president of the Association of American Law Schools.”
When these academic devils engage in wishful thinking, you know that the toilets are in trouble. By the way, there was also never a good theory as to why the U.S. lawyer job market would recover by 2012 or 2013 either. The pigs merely snorted that nonsense, in order to get more asses in seats.
Other Coverage: Elie Mystal wrote an entry labeled “Why One Law School Is Bucking The Downward Trend On Applications” – on July 22, 2014. After noting that one new, non-ABA accredited Texas commode is seeing a rise in applications, the author makes the following insight:
“When will other law schools accept this basic lesson? The tuition is too damn high! If law schools want more people to buy their product, they must reduce the price and offer good value. It’s that simple.
Instead of charging like Yale but being not as good, why can’t more law schools charge like UNT but try to be better?”[Emphasis mine]
The main reason why the schools don’t lower tuition is because the “professors” demand to be paid ridiculous sums of money, for “working” 4-6 hours per week. If you want to make $180K+ per year in the private sector, then you will be expected to work your ass to the bone. In the event that you are not productive – or it becomes more “cost effective” to replace you – then you will be shown the door. In stark contrast, these “educators” can sit in their office all day reading the Wall Street Journal and writing obscure law review articles.
On July 22, 2014, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog published Jennifer Smith’s article, “Law School Applicant Pool Continues to Shrink.” Look at the following portion:
“The pool of would-be lawyers continues to shrink for the fourth year in a row, bad news for law schools already hard-hit by declining enrollment amid a tough legal job market.
The number of law school applicants this year is down by more than 37% compared to 2010, according to the National Law Journal, which analyzed the latest numbers from the Law School Admission Council…
Some law schools have cut staff and pruned faculty to cope with budgetary woes. Others have watched their credit ratings dip, particularly some smaller or stand-alone laws schools.
The most recent data on Law School Admission Test takers doesn’t inspire much confidence either. As Law Blog reported in June, the 21,802 people who sat for the LSAT that month represents the lowest June total in 14 years.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: Don’t feel bad for the law schools and the “professors.” They have fed off the flesh and bones of students and taxpayers for far too long. The schools published false and misleading data for years, in an attempt to lure in more victims. These “scholars” collectively pumped out FAR MORE GRADUATES than there were available lawyer openings – for decades! They then began touting a law degree as a ticket to an unlimited number of great opportunities. Lastly, when many JDs were unable to land decent employment - due to the GLUT of attorneys and lack of good non-legal jobs - the swine began to blame the grads. Now, they are reaping what they sowed.
Posted by Nando at 6:33 AM
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tuition: According to this document, Illinois residents attending this dung heap on a full-time basis were charged $21,398 in tuition and fees – for the 2013-2014 school year. Out-of-state, full-time law students at NIU were slapped across the face with $37,022 in tuition plus fees, for 2013-2014. What a great bargain, huh?!?! After all, tuition alone at co-fourth ranked Univer$ity of Chicago Law $chool stands at $54,462 for the upcoming academic year.
Ranking: At these prices – especially for non-resident victims – one would expect this school to at least have a somewhat decent reputation, correct? Well, according to US “News” & World Report, NorTTTThern Illinoi$ Univer$iTTTTy Commode of Law is rated as a fourth tier piece of trash! Of course, Bob Morse labels these garbage heaps as “Rank Not Published.” Once a turd reaches these depths, it is a herculean task to remove the toilet stain.
Published Employment Placement Statistics: Select the NIU Commode of Law Class of 2012 Summary Report. Apparently, these bitches and hags are not charging enough in tuition, since they cannot produce more recent data.
Based on this chart, there were only 91 graduates from this class, which seems pretty damn low. Scroll down to the area labeled “Employment Status Known.” You will see that only 88 members of this cohort reported their employment status to the school. Of that amount, a total of 78 were allegedly employed within nine months of receiving their TTTT law degree. This represents a “placement” rate of 88.6 percent, i.e. 78/88.
Supposed Starting Salary Figures: On this same PDF, you will note that of the 91 JDs from this class – and the 88 who supplied their job status – only 46 furnished their income to the fourth tier garbage heap. These are all full-time, long-term positions, by the way. With that in mind, the 20 female JDs who supplied this information came out to a median salary of $47,500. For the 26 men who gave this data to the toilet, their median income was $50,000.
Since there were 32 employed grads who did not either include their salary or have it calculated by the pigs, this skews the figures upward. The fact that this benefits the school is just a mere coincidence, right?!?! Remember, it’s okay if these omissions always favor these “institutions of higher education.” Plus, you can’t fool college grads, i.e. “sophisticated consumers.”
TTTT NeTTTTworking OpporTTTTuniTTTTies: Sometimes, it is best to let the bastards make your case. In the cockroaches’ own words:
Networking opportunities are strong and plentiful due to the strong sense of camaraderie at NIU College of Law. Our Alumni Association is committed to actively working with current students to provide guidance, support and assistance with employment placement. Throughout the year the Office of Career Opportunities works with the Alumni Association to coordinate social receptions and speaking engagements to facilitate the networking opportunities for our students.” [Emphasis in original]
Read: We will occasionally provide artificial settings where piss poor students, in their ratty-ass JC Penney suits and Payless shoes, can mingle with struggling solos – who are also wearing cheap attire and drowning in student debt. In fact, many of these practitioners are only there for the cheese and crackers.
Here is a simple fact of life, Lemmings: CONNECTED people network with those in their circle of friends who hold down great jobs or have access to someone else who makes hiring decisions. They are not thrown into stupid environments where they are expected to laugh at dumb jokes and show off their mock trial “skills.” Rich kids don’t even have to put forth much effort. Hell, their fathers can make a couple of calls on the 16th hole to law firm managers and judges, and land their son a great job – even if Dumbass spent most of his three years in law school getting drunk and tossing coed salads.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: Since Vagina Bob Morse has evidently taken down his graduate debt rankings – because he is a pathetic, weak bitch – we will rely on another site. NIU swine, if you are mad about this development, then demand that Pussy Boy fix the link or provide a newer version soon.
Law School Transparency lists the projected debt at repayment for graduates of Northern Illinois “University” College of Law as $159,680 for in-state grads – and $222,932 for non-residents. Now ask yourself the following: Are you going to earn anywhere near the amount of money required to service that debt?!?! If you were smart or shrewd enough to earn such a salary, then you would not need to attend law school in the first place, dolt.
Conclusion: If this is the best school that you can get admitted to, then YOU need to go into another field. Do you honestly think – for one microsecond – that you will have a realistic shot at earning enough money to pay back your student loans and have a good lifestyle, coming from a FOURTH TIER DUNG PIT?!?! The stench of such a degree never leaves you, if you are seeking legal positions. In the event that you seek non-law work, be prepared for employers to ask “Where is that located exactly?” and “Is that an accredited school?”
Now, imagine trying to repay $150K-$200K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, with a TTTT law degree from something called the Northern Illinois University Commode of Law. That is about the equivalent of trying to win Miss America pageant, armed with nothing more than the best shoulders. At least, the contestant who finishes as 10th runner up will likely snag some rich athlete. Plus, these women are not pissing away three prime years of their lives – and incurring monstrous amounts of student loans, in the process. If you are still considering this pile of rot, then you need to grow a brain stem.
Posted by Nando at 4:58 AM
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Tuition: In tuition alone, those enrolled in the Catholic University JD program were slapped with a $44,000 bill – for the 2013-2014 school year. For $ome rea$on, the pigs listed this on a per semester basis. When you take fees into account, including health insurance, this total reached $47,134, for the same academic year. In fact, the commode charges a New Student Fee of $425. Then again, part-time pupils were only hit with $34,375 in tuition and fees. At least, these “educators” are looking out for the students, right?!?!
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same page, the school lists its estimated nine-month living expenses as $23,503. This figure includes $1,500 in books. I will prorate the following items, in order to reflect the entire year: housing; food; transportation; and miscellaneous costs. Doing so, we reach an amount of $30,837.
In the worst-case scenario, i.e. enrolled full-time and not living with family, a student will face a total estimated COA of $77,971, for one damn year at this ABA-accredited filth pit. No employer will care that this toilet is located in DC. By the way, if you are this gullible, would you pay $30K for a 1995 Toyota Corolla with 235,000 miles on the odometer?
Ranking: Based on these prohibitive costs, one would expect this school to have a superb reputation in the academic and legal communities, correct? Well, according to a ratty-ass magazine called US “News” & World Report, CaTTTholic Univer$iTTTy of America Columbu$ Sewer of Law is ranked as the 107th greatest, most amazing and wonderful law school in the entire country. Hell, it merely shares this distinction with the following five trash cans: Gonzaga; Santa Clara University; St. John’s; Syracuse; and TTTexas TTTech UniversiTTTy. What a tremendous accomplishment, huh?!?!
Employment Placement Statistics: On the law school’s website, the latest info on job placement is from the JD Class of 2012. Apparently, the swine are not charging enough to cover the costs of entering data on their page.
You will note that there were 246 members of the 2012 graduating class. Of that humongous figure, 199 reported that they were employed within nine months of receiving their JD – either in full-time, part-time, long term, short term, legal or nonlaw positions. In fact, only 165 grads from this cohort landed long-term posts. Since three souls did not supply their status to the garbage heap, the “placement” rate was a pathetic 81.9 percent. Yes, that is certainly worth the ridiculous price tag!
Under Employment Type, you will see that only 52 grads, from the Class of 2012, ended up working in law firms. Of that amount, 27 were in offices of 2-10 attorneys. Conversely, five members went to firms of 251-500 lawyers. In fact, 11 landed employment at offices with more than 500 attorneys. Do you like your odds, fool?!?! These 16 JDs represent 6.5% of the entire class at CUA Columbus Sewer of Law.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the CaTTTholic Univer$iTTTy of America Law Class of 2013 who incurred debt for law school - as $144,801. Notice that 86% of this clogged toilet’s 2013 cohort took on such foul debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.
TTT Catholic Identity: From the festering excrement pile:
“Catholic faith is at the heart of The Catholic University of America. This part of CUA's identity is reinforced through the many options for service and formation on campus, as well as by the integration of faith and reason in each of the University's 12 schools. Many student organizations provide opportunities for fellowship while serving others. CUA's Office of Campus Ministry helps students follow Christ and live the values of the Gospel within the context of the Catholic faith.” [Emphasis in original]
After taking on sickening levels of student debt, you will need to do more than pray for your future. By the way, charging students $47,134 in tuition and fees – for one single year of law school – is very Christian, correct?!?!
Conclusion: Avoid this cesspool as if your life depends on it, college grads. After all, you will not be in a financial position to start a family or purchase a home, when you end up incurring $170K-$220K in total NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. Imagine trying to feed yourself – let alone others – on an income of $45K per year, with your TTT law degree. No one cares whether you are “passionate” about the legal $y$tem, either.
Being an adult means taking responsibility for one’s bills, rent/mortgage, and other living costs. Try doing that when you are FINANCIALLY RUINED! The only way in hell to justify attending this commode is to land a Biglaw position, which by nature is not very secure. You saw the numbers above. Do you think that YOU will be one of the lucky dozen or so grads who will make the cut in a few years? If so, what is the basis for your belief?!?! Do you come from a wealthy family or have sterling business or political connections that can lead to good jobs? Earnestly ask yourself those questions before even considering this dung heap.
Posted by Nando at 6:22 AM
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Stench-Filled Email: I have attached a copy of the full email supposedly sent to an applicant, by the interim dean, which was then forwarded to my account. I have redacted identifying info:
From: cummings, andré d p
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 8:03 AM
Cc: Anderson, Jessica L; Palmison, Meredith R
Subject: RE: Interested in Attending
“greetings [potential applicant],
i am pleased to hear that our admissions team reached out to you by e.mail. please let me know where you are in the process of applying to law school, including whether you have applied to other law schools, where you live in the u.s., and where you went to college.
to answer your question [potential applicant], yes, you should absolutely apply to the indiana tech law school. we are accepting applications through july 31st. during my career i have enjoyed a long history serving on admissions committees at other law schools and here at tech law and some of my most successful (and favorite) students were those that scored a 143, a 141, and even a 139 on the lsat. i have seen students that did not do as well as they wanted to on the lsat excel in law school, pass the bar exam on the first attempt and have wonderful careers as a lawyer. so, do NOT listen to the naysayers. a 143 is a serviceable score that should enable you to be admitted to law school, particularly if you have other strong indicators of success in your application (great personal statement; solid recommendation letters; good performance in undergrad, etc.).
so, yes [potential applicant], please apply as soon as you can. i have cc:ed our admissions dean, jessica anderson glassburn to this e.mail. she is our admissions professional and can walk you through the application process and let you know what you need to do in order to be considered and potentially admitted to our incredible new law school.
finally, i am pleased that you recognize that our school and my classes in particular are those that do challenge traditional legal education and look to disrupt the status quo of other law schools and legal education in general. i believe that you would find indiana tech law school to be a much different and much better approach to legal education through fundamental experiential and collaborative legal education that will provide you real skills and hands-on training during law school, while you are learning the theory of the law.
at any rate, thank you for reaching out. i hope to see your application soon. please let me know if you have any other questions.
andré douglas pond cummings
Professor of Law
1600 East Washington Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
www.indianatech.edu/law” [Emphasis mine]
Apparently, Pond Scummings does not believe in capitalization, period. By the way, is anyone surprised that this “educator” is encouraging someone with a 143 LSAT score to apply to his commode?!?!
Other Solicitations: On July 10, 2014, Antiro wrote an OTLSS article entitled “Indiana Tech Law School: Not going down without a fight.” Look at the portion below:
“In a thread at Top-Law-Schools that I recommend everyone read, Indiana Tech Law School is purportedly cold-calling in order to increase enrollment for the class of 2017.
Credit to TLS user CarolinaDreamer, who said he/she was e-mailed by the Indiana Tech Law School admissions (bolding was not done by me):
The faculty and staff at Indiana Tech Law School wish to congratulate you for your accomplishment on the June LSAT! We are still accepting applications for our Fall 2014 Class and we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to apply now at http://www.LSAC.org. Tuition for Fall 2014 is Twenty-Nine Thousand Five Hundred ($29,500.00) Dollars, making us one of the most reasonably priced private (non-profit) law schools in the nation.” [Emphasis in original]
This letter was supposedly sent out on July 7, 2014. Hell, the student in the email provided above would not even be eligible for a $10,000 scholarship/discount, since she did not score a 145 on the LSAT. Oh well. She can certainly excel at law school, pass the bar on the first attempt and have an incredible career as a lawyer, right?!?! Hence, she need not worry about taking on large amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - for a TTTTT law degree.
LSAT Percentile Chart: According to this site, provided by an online LSAT prep firm, a score of 145 would place an applicant in the 26.1 percentile rank! Yes, that is truly phenomenal and worthy of a 1/3 scholarship, huh?!?! There are people reading this blog entry who could get 45 correct answers – out of 100 or 101 questions - while reading the New York Times and taking a cat nap. And many of them would still end up not finding legal jobs upon graduation.
Conclusion: As others have noted, there were only 28 members in the Indiana TTTTTech Law Sewer inaugural class, well short of the 100 students that the academic hacks wanted enrolled. Now, the pigs realize that they need to do something to entice more victims. As a result, the toilet is offering a 1/3 tuition scholarship for those who scored a 145 on the LSAT!
Keep in mind that this cesspool is not yet accredited by the American Bar Association cockroaches. The school even furnishes the following disclaimer on its website: “The Law School makes no representation to any applicant that it will be approved by the American Bar Association prior to the graduation of any matriculating student.” Then again, the ABA would likely grant approval if you bought a few trailers, and provided internet, running water, and a small law library – and sought to open your own law school.
Posted by Nando at 6:11 AM
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Profiles in Gluttonous Pig Syndrome: Gene Ray Nichol, Jr., Poverty Law “Professor” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Outrageous Salary Exposed: On June 27, 2014, Lauren Cooley – presumably no relation to Thomas M. Cooley – wrote a College Fix article entitled “Law Prof Who Specializes in Poverty Makes $205,400 – Teaching One Class Per Semester.” The author comes out swinging:
“A controversial, outspoken law professor who frequently bashes Republicans and specializes in poverty issues as a self-proclaimed champion of the poor earns $205,400 per year – for teaching one class per semester.
The University of North Carolina School of Law pays Professor Gene Nichol $205,400 annually for his one class per semester workload. On top of his teaching salary, he receives a $7,500 stipend as director of the law school’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.
The News & Observer maintains a public database of public employee and educator salaries, and lists Nichol’s salary at $212,900. Nichol, in an email to The College Fix, confirmed the figure is accurate.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, what a just reward for such a “hardworking” man, huh?!?! As I have said before, typical housecats are more productive than these “educators.” At least, the felines keep mice out of your home.
Later on, Cooley reported the following:
“Yet while Nichol champions the poor – even chastising Republicans in a March News & Observer op-ed for its “unforgivable war on poor people” – it’s unclear how well he can relate to those living in poverty.
His wife, chief of staff for the UNC Health Care System and the UNC School of Medicine, earns $407,000 annually. Combining his and his wife’s salary, the couple makes at least $612,000 per year.
The Nichol family lives in a Chapel Hill home with a tax value of more than $1 million. They also own a bungalow on the beach at Emerald Isle, valued by Carteret County at more than $512,000. In the summer months, Nichol rents his four-bedroom bungalow for nearly $2,000 per week.
When asked by The College Fix about the large inequality between his income and the income of those in poverty, Nichol refused to respond.” [Emphasis mine]
Remember, these academic cockroaches often spew leftist views, but they don’t really give a damn about poor people. They simply need something to talk about and study, in order to appear productive.
Other Coverage: On June 27, 2014, the admin of JD Junkyard started a thread labeled “Anti-poverty law professor makes $200k per year.” On the same day, at 6:08 pm, “JohnDoeee” responded, in part:
He'll be meeting The Lord soon enough. Then he can explain himself personally.
Just one more Atheist godless [Democrat] politician - and Boomer, of course - who says one thing and does many others according to the Standard PC Agenda of himself and his ilk.
Only too happy to collect his paycheck on the backs of his students, I'm sure.” [Emphasis mine]
On July 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm, the site administrator followed up with this gem:
“No decency whatsoever. As long as the "Me Generation" gets its retirement and fat salaries who cares about anyone else? Some random ass-kissing retard with 149 LSAT is no[t] somebody they have a smidgeon of respect for, just a warm body, student loan delivery vehicle. It pains these arrogant pricks to "teach" these increasingly dense goons but alas the schools still require them to take at least one class per semester. Is there [group more] worthy of loathing than the run of the mill, asswipe, [S]ocratic method slinging ABA approved law profs?”
It’s great to see that people are calling out this fat swine for his role in the law school scam. By the way, in-state victims paid $22,215 in tuition, for the 2013-2014 school year – while non-resident law student were hit with a big-ass bill of $38,846 – for the same academic year.
Check out this brilliant post on the JDU topic “Anti-Poverty Law Professor Makes $200k Teaching One Class at Public University...” – courtesy of user “dtejd1997” from June 28, 2014:
“What is so funny is that HIS ACTIONS directly contribute to poverty!
How many students will be hopelessly buried in debt to pay his salary?
How many grads will never be able to repay their loans and be the "working poor"?” [Emphasis mine]
Evidently, Pig Nichol sees no problem with consigning legions of highly-educated young people to a lifetime of debt servitude, while regaling them with tales of “the poor.” You can tell that this rotund cockroach has missed precious few meals in its life.
Conclusion: Gene Nichol is not concerned with those living in poverty. He might have an interest in the “subject,” since he can research this area and pretend to be a productive member of society. However, it is CLEAR that the rodent cannot relate to the working classes. Hell, the bastard has roughly $1.5 million in real estate assets alone. As others have noted, the thief is making such a hefty salary – for minimal “work” – on the backs of his students. After all, he’s not the one who has to repay a monstrous sum of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt.
Posted by Nando at 6:13 AM
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Crumbling Fecal Pile: Thomas M. Cooley Law School Cuts Entire First Year Class at Its Ann Arbor Campus and Will Reduce Faculty
The Toilet’s Announcement: Check out the entire text of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Statement, released on July 1, 2014:
“As with most law schools across the country, Cooley Law School’s enrollment and revenue have continued to decline while health care and legacy costs continue to rise. Despite ongoing cost control efforts, the school can no longer avoid the financial imbalance between the revenue and expenses it faces. As a result, the Cooley board of directors and administration are instituting a financial management plan to reduce expenses significantly and right size the organization.
The plan will help the school remain at the forefront of innovative approaches to legal education and continue to deliver the broad, high-quality access to legal instruction students have come to expect from Cooley. It demonstrates the school’s commitment to maintaining its high level of academic excellence and support for current and future students.
The plan includes:
• Faculty and staff reductions
• A system wide review of each program for capacity and quality
• A review of all campuses and facilities to reduce and rebalance costs
• A review of all purchases, travel and other expenses
The Thomas M. Cooley Law School has a history of making transformative decisions in response to its students’ needs, while remaining financially strong. This aggressive financial management plan is designed to ensure that Cooley can continue its outstanding academic program while preparing for its next steps in the 21st century.” [Emphasis mine]
I am glad to see this development. This is a watershed moment in the law school scam. After highlighting this filthy, vile indu$try for nearly five years, it feels great to see that others are avoiding financial ruin at the hands of the law school pigs.
Other Coverage: On July 2, 2014, OTLSS contributor “antiro” published an entry labeled “Cooley Law School Instituting a "Financial Management Plan." Enjoy the following excerpt:
“Quick summary: the law school is suffering financially and enrollment is continuing to decline, so the law school will be "reinventing" itself by firing faculty and staff, and review all programs, campuses, and expenses.
The date of the posting is yesterday: July 1.
It appears that something more might be going around behind the scenes, however. Above the Law is reporting that what was originally posting had this (and at the time of me posting this I do not believe that ATL has updated that Cooley has edited their original announcement):
As part of the plan, Cooley will also hold off enrolling incoming first-term students at the Ann Arbor campus for fall 2014, though all currently enrolled Ann Arbor students will continue to be able to pursue the school’s full curriculum.” [Emphasis in original]
According to this source, these “educators” chose to edit their statement above. I’m sure they had several good rea$on$ for doing so.
Staci Zaretsky posted a sweet-ass, July 2, 2014 article entitled “Much Maligned Law School Cuts First-Year Class, Announces Layoffs.” Feel free to celebrate this exhilarating news:
“The legal academy has been waiting with bated breath for something like this to happen, and now it finally has. A law school is cutting an entire class year from its enrollment logs at one campus and laying off faculty and staff — all at the same time.
Which law school seems to be in full on disaster mode right now?
If you guessed the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, then you were correct. Elie Mystal’s years of coverage about this law school have served a purpose after all. If you took heed of his warnings, then we must congratulate you, because it looks like he helped you to avoid a complete catastrophe.
That’s right, Cooley Law — a school with a total of five campuses across Michigan and Florida, whose enrollment dropped by 40.6 percent over the past few years — is finally raising its hands in defeat. After years of statements from Dean Don LeDuc that the school was doing just fine, and despite the fact that the S&P gave it a negative rating, and despite the fact that it recently raised tuition by 9 percent to presumably cover its operational costs, the school seems to be throwing in the towel. Not even affiliating the law school with a public university could save the program from itself. Sure, Cooley Law has weathered class-action lawsuits about its quality, but it could no longer stand up against the staggering decline of legal market.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: Thank all of you who have helped spread the message about the law school scam, especially those who preceded the movement. Loyola 2L, “State of Beasley,” L4L/Skadden Farts and “the Calico Cat” deserve major credit. Unperson, Jobless JD, Esq. Never, JD Underdog, BIDER and the other scambloggers kept publishing the facts and we did not let up on the bastards. David Segal at the New York Times and Amir Efrati at the Wall Street Journal brought mainsteam attention to this situation. And, of course, Brian Tamanaha and Paul Campos greatly aided this cause with their voices. Once these tenured professors jumped on board, the law school swine were on the ropes.
This is merely another step in the right direction. We must continue to be vigilant in covering the scam. While TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law Sewer is the largest trash pit of the 200+ ABA-accredited diploma mills, it is only one school. Plus, the rodents still have five campuses. Go ahead and enjoy this glorious development. Hold your heads up high, knowing that you have helped save others from financial hell. In fact, you did so by donating your time and energy to this just cause - without expecting a dime in return. Now, let’s continue the work of informing consumers about the perils of “legal education.”
Posted by Nando at 1:29 AM
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tuition: According to this document, full-time law students at this trash pit will be charged $21,000 per semester – for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Can you think of a better way to spend $42,000 annually?!?! This figure does not include fees.
General costs, IT, and law exam fees will add another $555 each semester. Publications will amount to another $20, and the SBA will pound you in the ass with a one-time charge of $250. A graduation expense will run you $275. This accounts for an extra $1,655 to your gigantic bill. Who wouldn’t want to make such an “investment”?!?! This is practically a steal!
Ranking: At these prohibitive prices, this school must have one hell of a reputation among the academic and legal communities, right?!?! If you believe that, then I suggest that you skip over to the next paragraph. Based on the current listing from US “News” & World Report, Loyola Univer$iTTTTy New Orlean$ Commode of Law is rated as a sweltering, odorous fourth tier pile of trash. Imagine how much tuition would be if this toilet was ranked in the top three tiers!
Employment Placement Statistics: Click on the link for the garbage heap’s Employment Summary for 2011 Graduates. Apparently, the bitches were unable or unwilling to provide more recent data. On page one of this PDF, you will notice that there were 231 total members of this TTTT class. According to this report, only 170 JDs from this cohort were employed – in any capacity – within nine months of receiving their diploma.
Four members of this class did not provide their job status to this cesspool. A total of 11 grads were pursuing a graduate degree full-time, while 42 poor souls were unemployed and seeking work. Another four JDs were jobless and not searching for employment. This represents a pathetic placement rate of 74.9 percent, i.e. 170/227. At least, the waste pile only hired two of its graduates in law school or university funded positions.
Now, scroll down to the next section, Employment Type. You will see that 92 grads went into private practice, including five desperate solos and 55 working in firms of 2-10 lawyers. Conversely, only three damn people from this class were hired by offices of 101-250 attorneys – and two went to work for firms of 251-500 lawyers. Do you still like your odds, moron?!?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: On March 11, 2014, Matt Leichter posted an insightful entry entitled “Record 14 Law Schools Didn’t Report 2013 Graduate Debt to U.S. News.” Look at this portion:
“On average, about four law schools (excluding Widener University’s Harrisburg campus, the three Puerto Rico law schools, and Belmont because I don’t think it’s had any graduates yet) don’t report average graduate debt levels. The previous record was six in 2010. This year, as many as fourteen chose not to. Here’s the list and their last reported average graduate debt levels:
Loyola (La.) – $124,335” [Emphasis mine]
Keep in mind that this figure does not include debt from undergrad or other degree programs. Plus, it does not consider interest that accrues while the student is enrolled in law school.
JD Program Requirement: On this page, you will note the following under Requirements:
“Law and Poverty: Students may satisfy the Law and Poverty requirement by fulfilling any one of the following options: take the Law and Poverty course (LAW L781); take the Law and Poverty Seminar (LAW L782); take Street Law (LAW L833); Environmental Justice Seminar (LAW L834); represent low income people in the Clinical Seminar (LAW L897); or perform 50 hours or volunteer pro bono legal services to the poor in one academic year in a setting approved in advance by the coordinator of the pro bono program.” [Emphasis in original]
Yes, after shelling out insane sums of borrowed money to attend this steaming pile of moist excrement, who wouldn’t want to be forced to study “law and poverty”?!?! After all, when you take out ridiculous amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, you will soon join the ranks of the abject poor. Frankly, skid row bums are better off than you financially – since they don’t owe anyone $100K and they can’t have their wages garnished if they default on their loans.
Perhaps, the swine can offer a course labeled “Student Debt and Poverty.” Maybe the whores can design a seminar discussing highly educated debt serfs. Then again, the rats don’t want the students to focus on how badly they are getting raped by the academic thieves.
Conclusion: Do not even consider attending this private, Catholic dung pile. First, the school is a FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT. Secondly, the pigs and cockroaches did not even supply their average indebtedness figures for the Class of 2013. If the commode is not willing to disclose this basic consumer info, then you know that the bastards are trying to hide something. News flash, Lemming: you WILL NOT BE SERVED WELL by incurring an additional $145K-$175K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a TTTT law degree!
Furthermore, the rodents also failed to furnish Employment Placement data for the Class of 2012. That info was supplied to NALP more than one year ago! You wouldn’t purchase a used car if the dealer refused to give you vital consumer info. If you would not make such allowances for this type of transaction – which you can walk away from later – then why in the hell would you do so for such a serious financial decision that WILL affect you for the rest of your life?!?!
Posted by Nando at 1:32 AM