Thursday, October 23, 2014

Third Tier Cow Patty: University of North Dakota School of Law


http://und.edu/admissions/student-account-services/tuition-rates.cfm

Tuition: In order to find the rate, you need to scroll down to Law School Tuition – since the trash pit lists all “professional” and undergraduate programs together. Nothing else quite says “elite,” huh?! In-state students are being charged $313.54 per credit hour. This equates to $9,406.20, for the 2014-2015 school year. Non-residents are being slapped with $743.06 for each unit, or $22,291.80 for 2014-2015. Who says that public schools are affordable?!?!

http://law.und.edu/future-students/fees.cfm

Total Cost of Attendance: The garbage heap lists additional costs as follows: $1,000 for books and supplies; $4,800 for personal; and $8,600 for room and board. This adds another $14,400 to the tab. This brings the total for North Dakota residents to $23,806.20, whereas the figure is $36,961.80 for out-of-state students.

Keep in mind that ABA-accredited diploma mills consider these expenses on a school-year basis. As such, we need to prorate personal expenses as well as room and board.  After all, actual students will require costs over the entire twelve month period.  Doing so, we reach the following, more accurate, total COA amounts: $28,273.20 for in-state suckers and $41,158.80 for non-resident idiots. Yes, what a fantastic bargain, huh?!?!

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+6

Ranking: According to US “News” & World Report, the UniversiTTTy of NorTTTh DakoTTTa Sewer of Law is rated as the 129th greatest, most remarkable and illustrious law school in the entire damn country. What a tremendous accomplish! Hell, it only shares this distinction with the following five toilets: Drexel; Maine; University of St. Thomas; Wyoming; and VermonTTT.

http://law.und.edu/about/aba-509.cfm

Published Employment Placement Figures: Head to this page, and scroll down to the area labeled ABA Employment Outcomes. Select the data for the commode’s Class of 2013. For $ome rea$on, the bitches and hags at this dung pit did not make this info easy to find. Apparently, they don’t want potential applicants to quickly access and view these reports.

Based on the ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates, there were 74 members of this cohort. Of this total, only 46 found jobs where bar passage was required. Overall, 61 JDs reported being employed within nine months of graduation. Two people did not furnish their status to the cesspool. This translates to a “placement” rate of 84.7 percent, i.e. 61/72.

Two grads were hired in law school or university funded positions. By the way, the “generous” bastards at this dung heap only hired both as part-time workers. Yes, they are really looking out for their students and JDs, right?!?!

Under Employment Type, you will notice some revealing data. Only 25 members of this class landed positions in law firms – of any size! Hell, 15 of these men and women went to work for offices of 2-10 attorneys, while nine were hired by firms of 11-25 lawyers. In fact, only one damn graduate was employed by an office with 101-250 attorneys. Do you still like your odds, lemming?!?! Maybe you feel that YOU will be the single member of the entire group who will attain this job.

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

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the UniversiTTTy of SouTTTh Dakota Law Class of 2013 who incurred debt for law school - as $66,763. Fully 84% of this waste site’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.

http://law.und.edu/about/mission.cfm

The Trash Pit’s “Commitment to Diversity”: In the pigs’ own words:

“Diversity Mission Statement

The University of North Dakota School of Law is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in legal education for all persons. Further, the School recognizes the educational richness that results from including human experience from diverse perspectives. A law school community that welcomes, promotes, and respects diverse viewpoints enhances the quality of educational experiences for all those within that community, and enhances the legal profession and communities outside of the law school by preparing students to be more culturally respectful, professionally competent, and civically responsible leaders. The University of North Dakota School of Law is therefore committed to achieving a diverse law school community in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, and socioeconomic status[.]” [Emphasis mine]

Evidently, this was passed by the faculty on December 6, 2002. How progressive of them. This must be a forward-thinking in$TTTiTTTuTTTion! Then again, the rodents don't mind who they admit into the building - as long as they are able to pay the tuition bill.

Conclusion: Avoid this festering pile of dung, and don’t look back. Do you think that non-law employers are going to be impressed with your TTT law degree from this pile of moist manure?!?! Also, you may feel that this school is a good deal for the student. However, you cannot forget that interest compounds on this amount, while you are pissing away three years of your life. Plus, only one person from the entire Univer$iTTTy of NorTTTh DakoTTTa JD Class of 2013 landed a decent-paying law firm job. If you like to gamble, then you are MUCH better off hitting some of the Indian casinos in the region.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Slick Bird Droppings: Applications to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Have Dropped 59% in the Last Three Years


http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2014/10/14/law-school-applications-plummet-u-l/17219627/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

Tremendous News!: The Courier-Journal published an Andrew Wolfson article entitled “Law school applications plummet – at U of L too,” on October 14, 2014.  Look at the following excerpt:

“Brandon McReynolds seemed an ideal fit for the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law.

McReynolds, 23, already had undergraduate and Master's degrees in sociology from U of L. He'd been chief justice of the student government association's Supreme Court. He had a passionate interest in addressing inequality. And he not only had applied to Brandeis, he'd gotten in.

But he decided not to go. The reason, he said: "There are too many lawyers out there." Even paying in-state tuition of $18,578 a year, he feared he'd be forever saddled with debt.

McReynolds is not alone. Prospective law students are staying away from the University of Louisville law school — and other law schools — in droves.

Mirroring a national trend, applications to Brandeis plummeted 59 percent over the past three years, to 618 from 1,495, while enrollment of first-year students dipped nearly 30 percent, to 94 from 132.” [Emphasis mine]

In the past, this kid – who fits the lemming prototype to a T - would have enrolled in the law school and bragged his ass off to all of his friends and colleagues. Hell, he would have thought that he was on cloud nine, and then proceeded to post his “great news” on social media for the world to see. If a relatively affordable school such as Brandeis SOL cannot keep this guy on campus, then the pigs are in trouble.

Later on, the piece continued:

“While academics describe the enrollment declines as a crisis, practicing lawyers in Louisville celebrate it, hoping it will reduce the number of attorneys in a market they say is glutted.

"This is great news," said Alex Fleming, a criminal defense lawyer and 1990 Brandeis grad.

"There are way too many lawyers, and some of them are starving," added Gus "Skip" Daleure, U of L law school class of 1978.

Fleming, who now wishes he'd become a pilot, said shows like "L.A. Law," which aired from 1986 to 1994, enticed huge numbers of people into law but "more and more people are now disenchanted with it. It is not the glamorous career that TV portrayed it to be." [Emphasis mine]

Does anyone find it odd that those who practice law for a living have reached the conclusion that there are too damn many attorneys, while the academic swine – who haven’t represented anyone in decades – don’t even address the realities of the lawyer job market?!?! That alone shows you that the “professors” and administrators do not care about their students and recent graduates. They simply see them as a means to an end.

http://www.jdjournal.com/2014/10/15/applications-to-brandeis-school-of-law-plummet-to-new-lows/?hvid=5B3DMb

Other Coverage: On October 15, Jim Vassallo posted a JD Journal entry labeled “Drastic Drop in Applications at Brandeis School of Law.” Check out this opening:

“Following along with the national trend, The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law has seen a decline in law student applications, according to The Courier-Journal.

Applications to Brandeis have dropped by 59 percent over the past three years. The numbers dropped from 1,495 to 618 as enrollment of first-year law students dipped by 30 percent from 132 to 94.

Enrollment in law schools across the country has dropped by 24 percent from 2010.

“The message out there is that it is not a good investment,” said Susan Duncan, interim dean of U of L’s law school. She disagrees with that notion, saying that Brandeis has been routinely named a ‘best value’ by National Jurist.

The law school has been trying new things to increase enrollment. The school has advertised in college papers, recruited foreign students, emailed top undergraduate students and offered programs for human resource professionals.

A partner from Stites & Harbison, John Tate, was named a ‘distinguished alumnus’ of Brandeis in 2011. Tate said, “I submit anyone with the intelligence to consider a legal education will have serious second thoughts about incurring massive debt in an uncertain future.” [Emphasis mine]

It’s always great to see reporters cite to the national trend, whenever they mention that one school is seeing a big-ass drop in applications. Cockroach Susan Duncan doesn’t realize that nobody gives a damn about the NaTTTional Juri$TTT, a publication that depends on ABA-accredited toilets for advertising revenue.

In contrast, John Tate was correct in noting that students are leery of taking on enormous amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - simply to enter a GLUTTED field. Perhaps, the vile rodents view purchasing ad space in college newspapers as a wise use of taxpayers funds and “limited resources.” Maybe the bitches and hags at this commode should hold a bake sale, in order to keep this turd afloat.

Conclusion: Don’t even consider applying to or attending this festering cesspool. According to this chart from Dan Filler, only 66.93% of the Univer$ity of Loui$ville Brandei$ Sewer of Law Class of 2012 landed non-school positions that required a JD and were long-term and full-time. And many of those jobs don’t pay that well or offer much security. By the way, US “News” & World Report rates this garbage pit as the 87th greatest, most magnificent and amazing law school in the country. Yay! Don’t forget to tell people that when you are selling them insurance policies, serving them pizzas, or bouncing them out of your employer nightclub.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TTTT Smells of Desperation: Fourth Tier Elon University School of Law to Reduce Overall Tuition by $14K


http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Article/101834

The TTTT AnnouncemenTTTT: On October 8, 2014, the ABA-accredited trash pit released a press release labeled “Elon Law announces groundbreaking new model for legal education.” Take a look at this nonsense:

“In keeping with the school's original vision to be a pioneering "law school with a difference," the new curriculum will be highly experiential, personalized and professionally connected – hallmarks of Elon University's nationally recognized programs of engaged learning. With this new program, Elon Law will provide leadership for the major changes taking place in legal education.

Among the highlights of Elon Law’s new program are the following:

• The first and only law school to ensure that all students benefit from full-time, faculty-directed residencies in the practice of law
Experiential learning integrated throughout the curriculum, representing more than 20 percent of the program and far exceeding the new ABA experiential learning requirements
• Students will begin their studies with an introductory program focused on legal analysis, writing and communication, and leadership and professionalism
• Each student will be assigned a four-person professional advising team: a faculty adviser, a working attorney mentor (preceptor), an executive coach and a career consultant
• In a new seven-trimester schedule, students will complete their studies in December, allowing them to take the February bar exam and begin law practice in the spring
• Total tuition for the entering Class of 2015 will be lowered nearly $14,000 from the current level, with a guaranteed fixed cost for the entire program of study for the members of the entering class[.]” [Emphasis in original]

Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if these bitches and hags threw in a free pillowtop, king mattress and the Sunday Ticket to each moron who enrolls in this dung heap. They might need to sweeten the pot further, in order to attract more applicants.
  http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/elon_law_announces_groundbreaking_new_legal_education_program?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=ABA+Journal+Daily+News&utm_content=Netvibes#When:21:55:00Z

Other Coverage: The ABA Journal published a Mark Hansen piece entitled “Elon Law to cut total tuition by $14K and offer law degree in 2.5 years for all” – on October 9, 2014. Check out this opening:

“Elon University School of Law has announced the creation of a new curriculum that represents what the school is calling a groundbreaking new model for legal education.

The new curriculum, announced in press release Thursday, will be the nation’s first standard JD program lasting less than three years, Luke Bierman, dean of the Greensboro, N.C., law school says.

It will also be the first to require that all students participate in a full-time, faculty-directed residency in the practice of law and the first to offer all first-year students a lab experience with practicing attorneys, Bierman says.

The curriculum, which will begin with the class of 2015, will be based heavily on experiential learning, which will account for about 20 percent of the program, far exceeding the six-credit hour experiential learning requirement in the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.

The program will also operate on a seven-trimester (or 2½-year) schedule, which will allow students to graduate in December, take the bar exam in February and begin practicing in the spring.

The school will also lower its tuition, which now totals about $114,000 over three years, by about $14,000 for the entire program of study, and guarantee that the cost won’t go up for the class of 2015.

“What we’ve essentially done with this program is reverse-engineer the traditional model of legal education,” [Ass-Clown] Bierman says.” [Emphasis mine]

Who else laughed their ass off, when reading that this accelaraTTTTed program will permit victims to “take the bar exam in February and begin practicing in spring”?!?! What decent firms want to hire these grads?

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+7

Ranking: According to the defunct magazine known as US “News” & World Report, Elon Univer$iTTTTy $chool of Law is rated as a fourth tier trash pit. What a great accomplishment, huh?!?!

http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/04/a-cleaner-ranking-of-schools-long-term-full-time-employment-minus-law-school-funded-jobs.html#more

Pathetic Legal Job Placement: On April 10, 2013, Dan Filler posted a Faculty Lounge entry entitled “New Law School Rankings: Employment Data Cleaned Of School Funded Jobs.” This article is based off of each ABA-accredited diploma mill’s Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report.

As the text and title make clear, the figures pertain to JD Required positions that are full-time, long term - and exclude law school funded jobs. Under these measures, Elon University Sewer of Law placed 50.89 percent of its grads in such positions. Keep in mind that these are the employment opportunities that one seeks when applying to law school. By the way, this figure was good enough for 129th “best” among the 201 toilets listed. Yes, what great outcomes, right?!?!

Conclusion: The foul pigs at Elon University Sewer of Law are desperate for more victims. They need more asses in seats, in order to stay in operation. If you are still considering this rathole, then you should have your head examined. After all, you will not be served well by incurring an additional $115K-$145K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a TTTT law degree. Pull your head out of your colon, and do not even contemplate attending this pile of waste.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fourth Tier Excrement Pile Thomas M. Cooley Law School Will Flush the Ann Arbor Campus on December 31, 2014


http://www.cooley.edu/annarbor/

The TTTT AnnouncemenTTTT: This is such a wonderful development, I will let the pigs tell you in their own words:

“Statement of Intent to Close

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School has notified its students that it intends to cease operations at its Ann Arbor campus on December 31, 2014, subject to the approval of teach-out plans submitted to its accrediting agencies, the Higher Learning Commission and American Bar Association - Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. 

This action follows implementation of a financial management plan announced July 1, 2014. Anticipating the possibility of the closure, the Law School told its Ann Arbor students in August of accommodations it would provide them should the campus close. Those include: 

• early registration at other campuses 
• $1,500 cash stipend to help cover costs of attending a different campus 
• $3,500 stipend for a bar review course for graduates 
• specialized advising for registration, financial aid, housing and other issues 
• possible adjustment to available financial aid 
• additional consideration to students with special circumstances.” [Emphasis mine]

You’re welcome, bitches! Enrollment continues to drop at this certifiable trash pit, among other ABA-accredited toilets, due to the collective efforts of scambloggers and other critics of U.S. “legal education.” When we first embarked on this effort, many ass-hats told us that we were wasting our time and energy. This news is a testament to persistence and truth.

http://abovethelaw.com/2014/10/troubled-law-school-to-cease-operations-at-one-of-its-campuses/

Coverage of This Development: On October 3, 2014, Staci Zaretsky posted a great ATL entry labeled “Troubled Law School To ‘Cease Operations’ At One Of Its Campuses.” Check out this meaty portion below:

“This summer, we began reporting on the uphill battle the Thomas M. Cooley Law School faced with regard to its declining revenue and student enrollment. In early July, we were the first to break the news that Cooley Law would stop accepting first-year students at its Ann Arbor campus as part of a “financial management plan.” At the time, James Robb, the law school’s associate dean of external affairs and senior counsel, said there were no plans to close the campus. 

Plans apparently changed quickly, because at the end of July, we learned that Cooley Law was considering consolidating the Ann Arbor campus with other Cooley campuses by the end of the fall 2014 semester. Once again, Robb assured the media that no definitive plans had been made yet. 

Now that we’re almost halfway through the fall 2014 semester, it seems that Cooley Law has begrudgingly decided to lie in the bed that it has made. This may be the first law school campus closure since the public started learning that legal education wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be… 

Late this afternoon, Cooley Law students were greeted with the following message on their web portal:

‘Notice of Intent to Cease Operations at Ann Arbor Campus 

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School intends to cease operations at its Ann Arbor Campus on December 31, 2014, subject to the approval of teach-out plans submitted to its accrediting agencies, the Higher Learning Commission and American Bar Association – Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. Students are requested to contact their Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator with any questions or need for assistance they may have.’ 

One has to wonder what the American Bar Association’s reaction to this announcement will be. Law schools across the nation are in trouble, and the ABA had an implicit hand in their downfall. By failing to institute measures that would keep law schools from deceiving their students as to their likely employment and salary prospects after graduation until the last minute, the ABA invited disasters like this to occur. Law schools were inevitably going to suffer once prospective students learned that all was not as good as it appeared — and was marketed — to be.” [Emphasis mine]

The foul waste piles at the American Bar Association - and the law school pigs - do not give a damn about anyone but themselves. It is great to see the end result of their rampant greed and indifference to their students and graduates. May these bastards burn to a crisp.

Conclusion: TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law Sewer is a foul, steaming, odorous pile of dog excrement. This supposed “institution of higher learning” is a true laughingstock. The dung beetles who run this place prey on those students who are too damn dumb to figure out that they are pissing their futures away on this toxic product. Now, the sick bitches are forced to close down one of their garbage campuses. 

More importantly, how will this reduction impact Cooley’s 2nd best overall rating in the vaunted TTTT Cooley law school rankings guide?!?! Seeing that total enrollment and volume of law books figure so prominently in this calculation, one would expect this to affect the listing greatly. Then again, this “report” was compiled by Cockroach LeDuc and Old Fart Brennanhardly objective sources. Hell, I’m surprised that these two rodents placed Harvard Law ahead of their own cesspool.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Third Tier Dung Pit: University of South Dakota School of Law



http://www.usd.edu/law/tuition.cfm

Tuition: South Dakota residents in their first year of law school will be charged $13,904 in tuition and fees – for 2014-2015. Out-of-state, first year USD law students will be faced with an annual price tag of $29,518 – for the 2014-2015 academic year. Yes, what a great bargain, huh?!?! However, this commode does offer Minnesota reciprocity for those who are not smart enough to gain admission to the University of Minnesota. This rate – for first year students – is listed as $20,785.

Total Cost of Attendance: According to this document, this public trash pit asserts that room, board, books, travel and personal expenses will add another $14,364 to the tab – for single students living off-campus. This brings the total estimate to $43,882 for non-resident, full-time victims. In-state lemmings will “only” face an overall budget of $28,139.

Keep in mind that all ABA-accredited toilets base living costs on a calendar year. Actual students will incur expenses over the full 12 months. As such, we will prorate the following items: room, board, travel and miscellaneous costs. Doing so, we reach a more accurate, total COA of $31,189 for in-state USD law students – and $46,803 for out of state JD students. Do you still feel that this school is affordable? 

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+6

Ranking: Based on the scheme from US “News” & World Report, the UniversiTTTy of SouTTTh Dakota Sewer of Law is rated as the 145th greatest, most sensational and magnificent law school in the country. Yes, it barely avoided the fourth tier. At least, it is the highest-ranked law school in the entire state! Plus, it doesn’t share the overall ranking with other commodes. 

http://www.usd.edu/law/upload/EmploymentSummary-138-138-03-26-2014-13-42-21.pdf

Published Employment Placement Statistics: Let’s take a look at the dung heap’s Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates. There were 71 members of this cohort. Of this total, 62 found work within nine months of graduation. Two stooges decided to pursue another advanced degree, and 7 others were unemployed and seeking. This translates to a “placement” rate of 87.3 percent, i.e. 62/71.

By the way, three JDs from this class were put in university or law school funded positions. Of course, the pigs would never do this in order to artificially inflate their placement rate, right?!?! Under the Employment Type section, you will note that only 26 members of this cohort landed law firm posts. One desperate soul opened a solo practice, while 21 found jobs in offices of 2-10 attorneys. Only one damn person was hired by a firm of 251-500 lawyers. Do you still like your odds, genius?!?!

http://www.usd.edu/law/cso.cfm

Pathetic-Ass Numbers for the Class of 2012:

“Salary
Number of graduates: 76 
Salaries reported: 29 (38% of the graduates) 
Private Practice salaries reported: 3 
Government salaries reported: 9
Judicial Clerkship salaries reported: 14 
Business salaries reported: 0 
Public Interest Salaries reported: 3" [Emphasis mine]

Could you imagine if less than 2/5 of an approved medical school’s recent grads reported their salaries to their institution?! Seeing that this is the case with the USD Sewer of Law, the income numbers listed for this cohort should be given no credence.

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

Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the UniversiTTTy of SouTTTh Dakota Law Class of 2013 who incurred debt for law school - as $54,352. Then again, 95% of this garbage heap’s 2013 cohort took on such toxic debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled. This is the second-lowest, published figure among all toilets listed. However, this is still a significant sum – especially considering student debt from undergrad and the lack of decent-paying jobs available.

http://www.usd.edu/law/upload/Sketch13.pdf

The Commode’s Pathetic Profile:

“Admission
Completed applications: 273 
Standard admission: 216 
Admitted through Law Screening or PLSI: 4 
Total Admitted: 220 
 Full-time matriculants: 66 
Flex-time matriculants: 3 

Percentiles for the 212 FT standard admits – LSAT and UGPA 

75th 153; 3.56 
Median 150; 3.24 
25th 146; 2.97” [Emphasis mine]

This pile of excrement accepted 80.1 percent of its applicants! Check out the “quality” of its prospective students. That is embarrassing! Skid row prostitutes have a higher decline rate. Apparently, the swine don’t mind feeding off dolts who scored 146 on the LSAT and obtained a garbage, undergraduate GPA. 

Conclusion: Avoid this pile of waste. The only possible exceptions are the following: (1) you live in the state and you do not mind working as a small town lawyer or in the DA’s office; (2) your family is paying for your TTT “legal education”; or (c) you are connected, and you plan to do run for office someday. Otherwise, do not even consider this filthy stench pit.  After all, YOU will not be served well, by taking on an additional $60K-$100K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Great News: Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College Closes Legal Clinic Due to Low Enrollment


http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2014/09/lewis_clark_law_school_closes.html#incart_m-rpt-1

The Pigs Cite to Smaller Revenues: On September 18, 2014, the Oregonian published a Jeff Manning article entitled “Lewis & Clark Law School closes downtown legal clinic, cites enrollment, revenue decline.” Check out this opening:

“Lewis & Clark Law School is closing its namesake legal clinic in downtown Portland that provides services to the poor, a high-profile victim of the school's budget constraints.

As Lewis & Clark and the state's two other law schools get their new years underway this month, they are dealing with 13 to 30 percent enrollment declines from the peak two to four years ago. Corresponding declines in revenue have forced the schools to cut costs, downsize staff and make other efficiency moves.

"What we have to do, like everybody else, is face budget realities," said Jennifer Johnson, the new dean at Lewis & Clark. The clinic "has largely been a tuition-driven enterprise that we can't afford. It's purely financial."

The clinic's pending closure -- the doors will close Dec. 31 -- has disturbed other public-interest lawyers in town who say the move will worsen an already significant shortage of legal services for the low-income.” [Emphasis mine]

It is ALL about the money, people! You heard if from the dean's excrement-encrusted lips. Apparently, the “professors” and administrators at this dung heap were unwilling or unable to donate their “services” – in order to keep this clinic in operation. Perhaps, the cockroaches feel that they are of best use to “the needy” and “under-represented segments of society” – by sitting in their offices, drafting law review articles and reading the Wall Street Journal.

Towards the bottom of the story, Manning reported the following:

"I don't think anybody thinks, we certainly don't, that we will go back to those big classes," Johnson said.

Meanwhile, some painful decisions have to be made, Johnson said, including closure of the legal clinic.

"Everybody is shocked by it," said Shelly Matthys, executive director of the St. Andrews Legal Clinic. "We're losing some really important, valuable representation. I know they will be sorely missed by the courthouse staff downtown."

The clinic provided debtor-creditor, landlord-tenant and family law services for low- or no cost. It offered to help people representing themselves to produce legal filings acceptable to court staff. And it offered law students, some of them from privileged backgrounds, hands-on experience in dealing with the plight of the poor.” [Emphasis mine]

It’s nice how the paper refers to some of the students as coming from privileged backgrounds. For $ome rea$on, it did not mention that the academic pinheads could use some hands-on experience in working with poor people. Then again, the swine would likely try to exploit them further.

http://abovethelaw.com/2014/09/this-week-in-law-schools-in-trouble/

Other Coverage: On September 2, 2014, Elie Mystal posted an ATL entry labeled “This Week In Law Schools In Trouble.” He discusses the problems at unaccredited Concordia Law Sewer, before bitch-slapping Lewi$ & Clark. Read this excerpt:

“Another tipster had this reaction:

Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR is quickly becoming a bare bones operation!

They just announced a complete close down of the law schools main legal clinic! Major cuts to the law library have already been executed over this last summer.

Looks like a whole lot of students are in for an unexpected surprise on their 1st day of class Tuesday morning!” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, these are signs of financial health, correct?!?! Who wouldn’t want to enroll in this sinking turd?!

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

Ranking: According to the defunct magazine known as US “News” & World Report, the NorTThwe$TTern Sewer of Law at Lewi$ and Clark College is rated as the 72nd greatest, most phenomenal and amazing law school in the entire country. Hell, it “only” shares this distinct honor with the following SIX commodes: American Univer$iTTy, Chicago-Kent, LSU, New Mexico, Tennessee-Knoxville, and the University of Tulsa. What a tremendous accomplishment, huh?!?!

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

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Lewi$ & Clark JD Class of 2013 who incurred debt for law school - as $119,048. In fact, 89 percent of this vile trash pit’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. Evidently, the Oregonian feels that many of the privileged few at this toilet landed slots in the affected TTT clinic. What in-depth reporting, right?!?!

Conclusion: The Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, i.e. Lewis & Clark Law Sewer, is a pathetic sewage pit. The law school pigs DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about their students. Why the hell would they care about broke-ass people seeking legal assistance?!?! In the final analysis, the rodents at ABA-accredited diploma mills realize that they are circling the drain. They can continue to drop admi$$ion$ “standards” further – but this will lead to lower bar passage results. Will they then pay students - in cash - not to take the exam? Something has to give, people. State bar associations, clients and the general public – including social commentators – will start to catch onto the scam. Do you think those groups will keep their mouths shut?!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

TTT Smells of Desperation: Vermont Law School Edition


http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/the-trials-of-vermont-law-school/Content?oid=2435029

Slow Times at Dung Pit Central: On September 10, 2014, Kathryn Flagg wrote a Seven Days piece entitled “The Trials of Vermont Law School.” Look at this opening:

“Empty offices and unoccupied desks — Brett Hubbard noticed both when she enrolled at Vermont Law School in South Royalton last year.

Now a second-year student in an accelerated juris doctor program, she recalled her line of inquiry. "I'd ask because I'm nosy," said Hubbard. What was up with the deserted desks?

The answer: It had been a rough couple of years, punctuated by cutbacks, a few layoffs and voluntary employee buyouts at the only law school in Vermont.” [Emphasis mine]

Some idiots are undeterred, when facing excrementitious odds. This speaks volumes about their mental state and level of “intelligence.” Later on, the reporter notes the following:

“VLS has a stellar reputation for environmental law; its program ranks first in the country in U.S. News & World Report. But it's also an independent school without the backstop of a larger university to cover costs — and its location in South Royalton, a village of fewer than 700 people, can be a tough sell for some would-be students.

"It's a pretty shoestring school," said Sarah Buxton, a VLS grad, former employee, and now state representative for Royalton and Tunbridge. Relying so heavily on tuition dollars — more than 83 percent of its revenues were derived from tuition in 2013, according to an independent audit — in a shrinking market has placed VLS in a precarious position.

In April, Moody's downgraded the school's revenue bonds from a Baa2 to a Ba1 rating — which represents the "speculative" bracket of Moody's investment rankings.

The downgrade triggered a technical default on a $10.7 million revenue bond held by TD Bank. VLS entered into an agreement with the bank in May, promising to provide the lender with quarterly financial statements, a consultant's report about the school's finances, a "plan of action" and a worst-case scenario budget assuming just 110 new students.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, this in$TTTiTTTuTTTion is the definition of success, right?!?! Hell, I’m surprised that the swine don’t set fire to campus structures – in order to collect on any insurance policies in place. Notice that the cockroaches depend on tuition dollars for more than 83% of revenues. In sum, the bastards desperately need asses in seats – in order to stay in operation.

https://app.box.com/s/0oc3vt194wdhfdo0xtbk

Information from a Former VLS Student: In the comments section to the Flagg article, I noticed a remark from a young man claiming to be a former SBA senator. I then read the full text of his Tuition Report. On page 10 of this document, you will see this gem:

“VLS Debt and Finances

It seems intuitive that VLS revenues would increase when enrollment exceeds expectations in the years immediately following a nearly 22 percent increase in tuition. However, because increased enrollments are generally the result of students receiving large merit-based scholarships, in-coming class sizes have little direct relation to available revenues. VP Atwood provided several examples:

• In FY2010, actual enrollments exceeded expected enrollments by 36 students, resulting in an additional $1,429,820 in revenue. But, the extra enrollments cost $1,175,851 in merit-based scholarship, leaving a net increase in revenues of only $253,969.

• In FY2011, actual enrollments exceeded expected enrollments by 7 students. But those 7 students cost $663,046 extra dollars of merit-based aid. As a result, the school faced a revenue deficit of $340,481.” [Emphasis mine - internal citations removed]

Read former VLS student Chris Cooper’s entire 12 page analysis. The point is that the commode devoted a ton of resources toward improving its US “News” & World Report ranking – and it failed in that objective. The trash pit ended up spending more money to attract students with higher LSAT scores, and the school is still rated as a third tier toilet. What a tremendous accomplishment, huh?!?!

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2012/237/251/2012-237251952-09825247-9.pdf

The Cesspool’s Tiny-Ass Endowment: Let’s take a peek at the 2012 Form 990 for Employer ID No. 23-7251952, i.e. Vermont Law “School.” On lines 20-22 of page one, you will see the garbage heap had $46,105,174 in total, end of year, net assets – offset by $19,133,361 in total, end of year, net liabilities. As of June 30, 2012, VL$ had a mere $26,971,813 in net assets. If you go to line 19 for the prior year, you will notice that the filth pit actually spent more than they received in revenues – by $93,611. This is an indication that the pigs cannot afford smaller class sizes.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2014/09/17/officials-vt-law-school-student-kills-mom-self/15811161/

VLS Student Commits Murder/Suicide: Mike Donaghue wrote a Burlington Free Press story, which was headlined “Officials: Vt. Law student kills mother, self” – on September 17, 2014. Check out this excerpt:

“A Vermont Law School student fatally shot his mother with an AK-47 assault rifle before turning the gun on himself in Amherst, N.H., authorities said.

Elizabeth Trombly, 69, died from multiple gunshot wounds, while her son John D. Trombly, 35, died from a single-gunshot, New Hampshire and Amherst Police said.”

This is a tragedy, of course. However, that can’t be good for the PR cockroaches at this trash can. Plus, Cheryl Hanna – a VLS “professor” – died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, on July 27, 2014.

Conclusion: VermonTTT Law Sewer is a sinking turd. Back in April 2014, the pigs defaulted on a $10.7 million revenue bond held by TD Bank. The school is independent, and is located in South Royalton – which features a population of less than 700 souls. Despite trying to game the USN&WR scheme, it is listed as the 129nd greatest, most magnificent law school in the country. Furthermore, the commode had less than $27 million in net assets – as of June 30, 2012. According to several reports earlier this year, VL$ wants to merge with a larger university. Who in their right mind would even consider applying to this pile of putrid waste?!?!
 
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