Thursday, May 5, 2016

Law School Cockroaches Back University of Arizona James E. Rodgers Commode of Law in Dispute With LSAC Over Use of GRE for Admissions

LSAC TTThrows Down the GaunTTTleTTT: On May 2, 2016, Paul Caron covered the controversy in a piece entitled “The Empire Strikes Back: LSAC Threatens To Expel University of Arizona Over Use of GRE in Law School Admissions.” Check out the following portion, which relies heavily on the Wall Street Journal story:

“A top-tier law school’s decision to make the Law School Admission Test optional has put it on a collision course with the powerful national nonprofit group that administers the exam and controls much of the law-school application process nationwide. 

University of Arizona College of Law has started allowing applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination test in lieu of the LSAT, a move the school hopes will expand and diversify the pool of students considering enrolling. 

Since 2010, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the number of students applying to law schools has shrunk considerably and is only now starting to stabilize. Allowing the GRE, the thinking goes, could give a boost to applications; at least five times as many people took the GRE in the latest admissions cycle as the LSAT… 

Arizona Law, based in Tucson, says a study it conducted has convinced school administrators that the GRE, which is accepted by most business schools, is a reliable standardized substitute. But the change of its requirements has drawn them into a clash with Newtown, Pa.,-based Law School Admission Council Inc., which controls the LSAT and acts as a key application clearinghouse for more than 200 law schools across the nation.

LSAC’s general counsel in April notified Arizona Law that the school’s new policy may violate its bylaws, which require that “substantially all of” a law school’s applicants take the LSAT. 

The group is considering expelling Arizona Law from its membership, which would effectively cut off the school’s access to a crucial student admissions pipeline.” [Emphasis mine]

Frankly, this seems to be an empty threat. Both the LSAC and law schools are parasites, and they need the lifeblood of young students and federal student loans to survive. They both benefit by morons applying to, and enrolling in, ABA-accredited cesspits. I laughed when I read that the bitches and hags want to “expand and diversify the pool of students” considering law school. It is ALL about the money, and that has ALWAYS been the name of the game! Providing opportunities to historically under-represented groups is meaningless tripe, merely designed to mask their ill intentions.

The Cockroaches Unite Against the LSAC: On May 4, 2016, Kathryn Rubino posted an ATL entry labeled “Law School Deans Fight Back Against The Tyranny Of The LSAT.” Check out this opening:

“When 148 law school deans all come together to say something, you’d better listen — especially if you administer the Law School Admission Test. For those who haven’t been following the story, Arizona Law decided to accept students who have taken only the GRE, not the LSAT. As the body that runs the traditional law school exam, the LSAC had a few choice words about that move. Earlier this week, they informed Arizona Law that if “substantially all” of their law students didn’t take the LSAT, they were in danger of getting kicked out of the LSAC, losing access to applicant data and the common application process… 

LSAC has managed to consolidate quite a bit of power in the law school admissions game, and they are not looking to share that anytime soon.

Now a majority of law school deans have written a letter to the president of the Law School Admissions Council, Daniel Bernstine, in response to LSAC’s actions against Arizona Law.

They’ve picked a side, and it is Arizona’s:

We write as law school [cockroaches] to express our great concern over LSAC’s threat to expel the University of Arizona Law School because it experimented with using the GRE as a small part of its admissions process. Experimentation benefits all of us. We all expect to learn from the University of Arizona’s experiment and it should not be punished by LSAC. 

Most importantly, we strongly urge that the Board of Trustees allow the University of Arizona to remain a member of the Council. Expelling it for this is unwarranted under the existing rules and sends a terrible message to law schools about experimentation in the admissions process. Also, as deans at ABA accredited law schools and members of the LSAC Council, we urge the LSAC Board of Trustees to modify the provision of LSAC Bylaws Article I, Section 1, which “requires that substantially all of its applicants for admission” take the LSAT. The rule should be changed to allow experimentation with alternative tests.” [Emphasis mine]

As you can see, the Raid-resistant, academic subspecies of the American cockroach came together to fight yet another evil destroyer of dreams. Remember when these pieces of garbage – led by Crooklyn’s Nicholas Allard – went after the National Conference of Bar Examiners, for making the MBE portion of the bar exam too damn difficult for their dumbass graduates?

On page two of this ATL piece, you can read the cockroaches’ letter to the president of the Law School Admissions Council. I guess they are taking no chances that this is a bluff. Somehow, I’m not surprised to see that the dean of Third Tier Drake joined the peTTTiTTTion.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school swine want to be left alone – so that they can continue unabated to FINANCIALLY RAPE LEGIONS of students each year. They don’t want anyone – including organizations that are peripheral to the scam – to interfere with their scheme to grab more federal student loan dollars. As noted on Outside the Law School Scam by dybbuk, the “educators” are now looking to exploit community college pupils. Remember, they want to expand and diver$ify the applicant pool. Their experiment regarding the admi$$ion$ process can only hurt the students.  

Often, these young men and women come from rougher backgrounds and lower socioeconomic status. Typically, they are brown or black – and they often juggle their course work with one or two low-wage jobs. The academic thieves want to get their claws on these marks. After all, they DO NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN about their current students, many of whom come from middle class families. Despite all their liberal rhetoric, these “scholars” CERTAINLY do not care about Marquis, Shanice, Enrique, or Trang.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Recent Law Grads in Texas Facing Big Heaps of Unemployment and Underemployment

TTTT Job Prospects: On April 22, 2016, the Dallas Morning News featured an article from Natalie Posgate, with the headline “Nearly one-fourth of Texas law grads are unemployed or underemployed.” The piece was in the Business section. Take a look at this opening:

“Just a decade ago, earning a law degree was the sure fire way to a guaranteed job and a six-figure income. Not so much anymore. 

Despite paying as much as $200,000 for their legal education, nearly one-fourth of the 2,072 Texas law school graduates of 2015 are unemployed or underemployed, according to new data compiled by The Texas Lawbook. 

Statistics show that less than two-thirds of law school graduates in Texas from 2015 have full-time jobs as lawyers 10 months after graduating. About 12 percent of graduates are employed full-time in non-lawyer professional positions. 

More than 13 percent of newly minted Texas lawyers are unemployed, which is actually worse than in 2010 — the year the Great Recession hit the Texas legal industry the hardest — when 9 percent of Texas law school graduates could not find a job after graduation. 

Three percent of 2015 law graduates are stuck working part-time jobs — some of them having nothing to do with law at all, according to data just made public by the nine law schools in the state.” [Emphasis mine]

Still want to go to law school, Dumbass?!?! After looking at the numbers for several commodes in the state, the author then provides the following information:

“Recent data indicates that the demand for legal services has remained flat since the end of the Great Recession. 

The number of full-time practicing lawyers in Texas increased by less than 3,500 during the past four years — from 37,600 in 2012 to 41,000 now, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Yet, the nine Texas law schools — 10 once the University of North Texas College of Law graduates its first class next year — continue to pump out more than 2,000 new lawyers annually. This is despite the fact that most law schools have shrunk their incoming classes over the past few years. 

“It took Texas longer to feel the recession in legal jobs than the rest of the nation,” said Faye Bracey, the assistant dean for career services at St. Mary’s University School of Law. “With the recent downturn in the oil and gas industry and the increase in attorneys who moved to Texas when the rest of the nation was experiencing high unemployment, the job market in Texas has become tighter.” 

The three-year legal education costs at the nine law schools range from $37,000 to $71,000 annually.  

On the upside, BLS reports that the median annual salary for practicing lawyers in Texas is $137,000.” [Emphasis mine]

This story was solid, until the reporter cited to Bureau of Labor Statistics data that purports a median annual salary of $137,000 for attorneys. Nice way to patch things together. Of course, she also quoted several $elf-intere$ted law school pigs – without talking to a single critic. Hell, I put more thought and research into each blog entry than this chick did on a major news article.

Other Coverage: On April 25, 2016, Paul Caron discussed the Posgate piece in a TaxProf blog entry labeled “Nearly One-Fourth Of Texas Law School Grads Are Unemployed Or Uunderemployed.” Scroll down to the comments, for the following remarks:

On April 26, 2016 12:22:17 am, user “Lonnie” wrote this gem:

“That 25% must not know about their million dollar JD premium, right?”

Matthew Bruckner, assistant “professor of law” and balding ape at Howard Univer$iTTTTy Sewer of Law, posted this nonsense on April 26, 2016 at 6:13:56 am:

“It's not clear to me that the 12% who are "employed full-time in non-lawyer professional positions" would prefer to be lawyers but cannot find a good legal job. I have a lot of friends who never practiced law. Anecdotes aren't data, but I think more granular information on these folks might be helpful.”

People attend professional school in order to enter a secure career in the field of their choice, Bitch. Those who get into medical school have every intention of becoming physicians, students bust their ass to get into veterinary school so that they can practice veterinary medicine, and men and women go to dental school to become dentists or orthodontists. Those who enter law school want to become – wait for it, since it might shock you – lawyers! No one with an IQ above 90 willingly goes through seven years of post-secondary “education” – while incurring ridiculous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – so that they can do work that does not require a supposed “professional” degree! Do…you…understand…that, cockroach – or do I need to draw you a diagram with Crayola on posterboard?!?!

Conclusion: There are nowhere near enough lawyer jobs for the amount of JDs pumped out each year. Back in 2008 and 2009, “unperson” from the now defunt Exposing the Law School Scam blog was highlighting the attorney GLUT in Texas. The current story is certainly not news to anyone who has graduated from law school, in the last decade. The fact that the ass-hats in the Texas $tate Legi$lature opened a law school at garbage pit UNT speaks volumes, i.e. they also DO NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN about potential law students/financial rape victims or taxpayers. The University of North Texas has no real name recognition outside of the state. Hell, within the region it is seen as a dung pit. Now, imagine the stench of a law school attached to such a corroded in$TTTiTTTuTTTion. Good luck trying to land decent employment, with a law degree from this rancid excrement pile.

Monday, April 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dumbing Down the Bar Exam: TTTT News in Oklahoma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Following are the major issues law schools face: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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