Sunday, July 17, 2016

Third Tier Desperation: Albany Law School Offers Two Year JD – and Will Only Charge for Two Years of Tuition


http://www.albanylaw.edu/about/news/current/Pages/Albany-Law-School-Announces-2-Year-J-D-Program.aspx

TTT AnnouncemenTTT: On July 12, 2016, Albany Law Sewer furnished a press release, which was labeled “Albany Law School Announces 2-Year J.D. Program.” Check out the following portion:

“Albany Law School today announced the launch of an accelerated program for highly motivated students to earn a law degree in two years, eliminating tuition costs for the third year. The program begins January 2017. 

Along with saving a year of tuition, another major advantage of graduating in two years — rather than the typical three — includes entering the workforce sooner.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, starting a job at State Farm or Costco a year earlier will really help out these poor bastards, right?!?! At least, these young men and women will save one year of tuition – if they take this route. 

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/new_two_year_program_will_get_law_school_graduates_in_the_job_market_quicke

Can You Smell That Stench?: On July 12, 2016, the ABA Journal published a Stephanie Francis Ward piece that was entitled “New 2-year law program will get grads to job market quicker, save them tuition costs, dean says.” Here is the full text below:

“Albany Law School has announced a two-year JD program that shaves a year’s worth of tuition off the price. 

The 24-month program is scheduled to start in January 2017, according to the school’s website. It includes two summer terms, and students need 87 credits to graduate. Annual tuition at the school is $44,546.

“There are applicants who are driven to obtain a legal education and apply it to the job market as soon as possible,” said Alicia Ouellette, president and dean of Albany Law School, in the press release. “This particularly applies to older students who left the workforce to pursue their passion for the law. Many of these students tend to be well-qualified and excited for a rigorous learning environment. By reducing their time in law school—and tuition by one year—the law school will put them in a favorable position as new graduates.” 

According to employment summary information released by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the bar, out of 183 graduates in Albany Law’s class of 2015, 119 had full-time, long-term jobs that required bar passage. Twenty-five of the graduates had full-time, long-term, JD-advantage type work.” [Emphasis mine]

This is a desperate measure by an ABA-accredited dung heap. By the way, ass-clown: save the passion for the bedroom. While this will help reduce the anal swelling, from the ass-pounding you take from law school, this is the equivalent of cheap lubricant. Students will save a year in time and money, however this will not help them land lawyer jobs. If there are not enough available positions, and your law degree reads “Albany Law School,” then good luck beating out applicants with better credentials.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Albany-Law-offers-2-year-degree-8376566.php

Other Coverage: On July 14, 2016, the Times Union featured an article from reporter Robert Gavin, under the headline “Albany Law offers 2-year degree.” Look at this opening:

“Don't want to pay for three years of law school? Pay for two years and still earn a degree.

That's the latest program at Albany Law School under a plan geared to get law school graduates into the profession sooner than later.

Tuition at Albany Law School, the oldest independent law school in the country, is $43,248 a year. The student body is listed as 414.” [Emphasis mine]

After quoting Cockroach Ouellette, the author continued:

“The program, announced Tuesday, starts in January.

Students who enter it can choose their starting time as January or May. They will have two years of intensive study to be ready to take a bar exam in either February or July. They will need to take classes over two summer terms to earn the 87 credits required to graduate.
  
The school said the accelerated students are allowed to participate in law journals, moot court competitions and field placement.” [Emphasis mine]

Here’s another hint – and one that will not cost you $43,248: competing in moot court, i.e. fake court, and garbage law journals will not help you land decent legal employment upon graduation. Try not to be seduced by this TTTT offer. Just because some halfway decent looking chick throws herself at you, it doesn’t mean that you should take the bait. This two year deal is on par with a case of genital herpes. Walk away, dumbass! 

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

Ranking: As you can see, US “News” & World Report lists Albany Law Sewer as the 129th greatest, most remarkable, and amazing law school in the entire damn country! It only shares this distinct honor with $anTTTa Clara Univer$iTTTy. What a TTTremendous accomplishmenTTT, huh?!?!?

Conclusion: Albany Law Sewer is a certified cesspit. Hell, it is ranked in the bottom 1/3 of third tier commodes. Still want to sign on the dotted line, moron?!?! In the best case scenario, you may land a low-paying job in toiletlaw or for legal aid. Your resume will have the stench of dog excrement, and that smell will stick with you. It will not go away anytime soon. You DO NOT NEED to piss away your future, so that you can contribute to the lifetsyle afforded to underworked, overpaid “law professors.” Let other cretins support the academic scum. If you have a decent-paying position, you should not even consider this pile of rot!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Still Want to Go to Law School, Dumbass?


http://daily.jstor.org/do-people-regret-going-to-law-school/

Missing the Big Question: On July 11, 2016, JSTOR published an Angela Chen article that was entitled “Do People Regret Going to Law School?” Look at this sideways opening:

“Once upon a time, law school was a sure bet. You had three years of study and panicked over passing the Bar, but as soon as that was done you’d be set for life in a prestigious, high-paying job. Not so much anymore. The profession is in crisis, with more new lawyers than demand, and law schools are scaling back to protect their students. 

Critics have suggested that going to law school is no longer a smart investment because with so few jobs, only those who go to the top 10 schools stand a chance of paying off the massive debt that law school incurs. 

But these are the critiques from the outside. What do lawyers themselves say? In a 2013 paper, researchers Ronit Dinovitzer, Bryant Garth and Joyce Sterling analyzed various sets of data to determine whether law school grads really had buyers’ remorse. 

First, they found that the chances of obtaining a high-paying job were slim. The starting salary for new lawyers at a corporate firm can be around $165,000, but elsewhere, the starting salary is more like $50,000. Evidence shows the number of people who go the “corporate law” track has been shrinking, so the first job for most graduates will not make up for their debt. 

The researchers also found that indeed, going to a Top 10 law school was crucial, and that grades matter too; graduates with average grades (under about 3.37 GPA) from a Top 10 were about as likely to find a spot in a top firm as the very best students from less prestigious schools. 

Finally, the researchers analyzed a questionnaire that asked the lawyers themselves, about seven years on, how they felt about their decision. These numbers painted a surprisingly rosy picture. Unsurprisingly, graduates from the top 10 schools reported the highest satisfaction[.]” [Emphasis mine]

You can tell this article was written by a third-rate journalist who doesn’t have a damn clue about how these cesspools operate. The law schools are not featuring smaller class sizes, in order to “protect” the students, Bitch! They are actually admitting a higher percentage of a dumber applicant pool. Also, graduates of second tier sewers and third tier commodes would cry tears of joy if they made $50K per year. If you don’t land Biglaw, you are looking at jobs paying $38K-$45K annually. The fool then defecated this conclusion:

“So while it’s true that the market isn’t great and the debt can be a real drawback, these don’t seem to have as much impact on life satisfaction as the naysayers may think. Even years later and with a lot of debt, most people are glad that they went—and that should be good news for the future lawyers stepping into the classroom every fall.”

Yes, graduating with an additional $134,812.91 in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt will not impact one’s life satisfaction, right?!?! These grads are living in financial hell. Apparently, this pinhead needs to see a few more longitudinal studies on the subject. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/should-i-go-to-law-school_b_10851512

The $200K Question: On July 11, 2016, the Huffington Post featured an entry from Ishan Puri, under the headline “Should I Go To Law School?” Read the following portion:

“Today, choosing to go to law school is often a $200,000-plus decision. Thus, it comes as no surprise that when talking about law school, usually the first question I get from potential law school applicants is, Should I go to law school? This is a question that every aspiring law applicant should ask themselves. There is no decision-tree or all-encompassing diagram that will be able to answer this question for everyone. 

But, whenever I get this question, I always respond with a question of my own: Why do you want to go to law school? To me, this is the most important question that every potential law applicant needs to answer. Before spending months studying for the LSAT, and then a couple more on writing essays and preparing applications, it’s important that potential law students take a step back and ask themselves: What is my motivation for going to law school? As I have explored this question with the many potential applicants that have come my way, I’ve noticed that most answers usually follow one of the following patterns.” [Emphasis mine]

The author then dilineates – and tears apart – the following sorry-ass reasons for wanting to go to law school:

My parents want me to go 
I want to make a difference/change the world 
I want to make a lot of money 
I don’t know what else to do 
I want to be a lawyer 

Anyone attending an ABA-accredited toilet today is WILLFULLY IGNORANT of the economic realities facing recent grads. These mental midgets deserve no sympathy. Legal process outsourcing, automation, and vendors such as LegalZoom have taken a huge toll on the need for lawyers.

Notarios and states that allow “licensed paralegal practitioners” to engage in the limited practice of law have also helped damage the industry. You now have idiots doing piecemeal work or doing a case from beginning to end for $400. Furthermore, statutes and case law are available to anyone with an Internet connection. For decades, a non-attorney would need to physically visit a law library for these sources. With all that in mind, why in the hell would anyone with a brain stem want to incur outrageous sums of student loans for a chance to enter this GLUTTED field?!?!

Conclusion: Ask not whether you should go to law school, but ask yourself why you want to attend. Then ponder the following: Can you reasonably see yourself being successful enough at your desired position to: (a) get hired at that job; and (b) be able to repay your student loans and to provide for yourself and possibly a family. It really comes down to this, people: try not to be too stupid. If your full scale IQ is hovering in the 80s, you should take a couple of deep breaths, put down your coloring book, and perhaps consult your caregiver. But if you do nothing else, make damn sure that you discuss your decision with someone who recently graduated from a law school that is not a top 8-10 institution, BEFORE you even apply or register with LSAC.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Law School Pigs Enroll Fewer, While Admitting Higher Percentages of Dumber Applicants, But the Scam Will Continue

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/07/chroniclelaw-schools-like-minnesota-washington-lee-cut-enrollments-costs-to-survive-tough-financial-.html

Pigs Lower Enrollment: On July 2, 2016, Paul Caron posted an entry labeled “Chronicle: Highly Ranked Law Schools Like Minnesota, Washington & Lee Cut Enrollments, Costs To Survive.” It is coverage of a July 1, 2016 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, by Katherine Mangan.” That story was headlined “ Law Schools Cut Back to Counter Tough Financial Times.” Since I am not going to shell out $89 for a one year premium subscription to that rag, we will rely on Caron’s excerpts:

“Universities often required law schools to hand over 25 percent or more of their revenues, a portion of which covered the cost of maintaining buildings and providing common administrative services. But the days when law schools had healthy coffers to raid have long since passed. The flow, in many cases, is going in the opposite direction. Some schools are having to shower incoming students with scholarships that take some of the financial pressure off of the students but dig the schools deeper into debt. 

"When a law school loses money, you’re asking parents of undergraduates to subsidize six-figure law-school professors," said Dorothy A. Brown, a [tax] professor of law at Emory University. "That’s a hard sell." 

She predicted that in the next three to five years, "some university is going to pull the plug and say, ‘Enough.’" 

So why hasn’t that happened yet? 

Prestige is one reason. Having a law school gives a university cachet that it’s reluctant to lose. Closing a law school would diminish the value of degrees earned by law graduates who serve on university boards and are often big donors.

No one wants to be the first to close a law school. 

And some universities do believe that the enrollment decline has hit rock bottom. With many of their highest-paid professors nearing retirement and applicant pools showing hints of a recovery, some are cautiously optimistic that they’ll be at least breaking even soon.” [Emphasis mine]

In sum, it comes down to ego and pride. Apparently, college$ and univer$itie$ are willing to shell out millions annually, in order to prop up pathetic-ass law schools – for the sake of “prestige.” Then again, we are talking about other people’s money, whether it comes from the taxpayer or from funds furnished by alumni and private donors.

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/07/how-many-aba-law-schools-are-going-to-go-out-of-business

How Many Toilets Will Be Flushed?: On July 2, 2016, Paul Campos authored a piece entitled “How many ABA law schools are going to go out of business.” Take a look at his conclusion:

“This isn’t rocket surgery in other words. 

Again, as long as the federal loan gravy train stays on the tracks, and/or private educational loans remain non-dischargeable in bankruptcy, pretty much any law school should be able to totter back toward government-subsidized solvency, even if half their graduates fail the bar and half of the rest don’t get jobs. 

The ABA’s proposed new standard that would require 75% of grads to pass the bar within two years will pose a real problem if it’s ever actually enacted and enforced. But a knowledgeable observer has some serious doubts about whether current reform efforts will amount to much of anything: 

The capture of the ABA Section on Legal Education remains strong, and to group of solid law schools have demonstrated an unwillingness to call out bad actors, choosing solidarity over collective integrity. Law deans and the AALS will never say out loud that several dozen law schools (not just Infilaw’s) are filling their classes with unqualified students in clear violation of ABA rules, who will be financially ruined as a result. The NYT piece on Valpo brought out the human cost, but vocal legal educators quickly attacked it as another unfair, unbalanced hit piece. 

We defend ourselves with talk of “providing opportunity”, “need for more minorities in the legal profession,” “let prospective students make the choice,” “peer review study proves it’s a great deal over the long run,” “rule of law important to society(!),” “Obama is a law graduate who did not practice law”—and replay the rationalization loop. 

The ABA Section will scramble a bit in response, and make a few moves for show, but things will largely carry on. The new bar standards are significantly better than before, but it will be a drawn out process with various ways to avoid or delay serious action. The random audit plan is weak, poorly structured (an audit triggered by red flags would be much more effective), and non-transparent. And so it goes. 

Sorry about the cynicism, but I have lost all faith that responsible internal actors will take real action to fix things. 

I wish I could disagree, but for now I’d take the over on that 200 ABA law schools (there are currently 204) five years from now bet.” [Emphasis mine]

Campos seems to be on target once again. I don’t expect more than 3-4 ABA-accredited trash pits to close in approximately the next decade. Hell, you will see more univer$itie$ purchase garbage law schools. Look at moronic actions of Texas A&M and Western Michigan University as recent examples.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school cockroaches have taken several measures to slow down the process, i.e. handing out more “scholarships” to students with decent grades and LSAT scores, faculty and staff buyouts, selective layoffs, and admitting a higher percentage of smaller and dumber applicant pools. When that has failed, law schools have been sold to established college$ and univer$itie$. Back on January 30, 2013, the mentally ill cockroach known as Brian Leiter was quoted in the New York Times as saying “he expected as many as 10 schools to close over the coming decade, and half to three-quarters of all schools to reduce class size, faculty and staff.” 

Nearly three and a half years later, only one ABA cesspool has perished – and that was through the merger of William Mitchell COL and Hamline Univever$iTTTy Sewer of Law. As long as the federal government continues to issue student loans as though they were Monopoly dollars, then the pigs will do what they can to wait out closures. Just don’t expect the remaining academic thieves to take big pay cuts.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

West Virginia University College of Law Accelerates Faculty Buyout Program


http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news-education/20160702/wvu-invites-employees-to-leave-through-voluntary-separation-program

Epic News!: On July 2, 2016, the Charleston Gazette-Mail published an article from staff writer Jake Jarvis, under the header “WVU invites employees to leave through ‘voluntary separation’ program.” Check out the following portion:

“Administrators at West Virginia University are using a new tactic to try to slow their spending: asking employees if they want to voluntarily leave their jobs. 

The program, called the voluntary separation incentive plan, has already been used by one college with another one on the way. Even though WVU was spared from further cuts to its state appropriations in the final state budget lawmakers recently agreed on, colleges and departments at the school are planning ahead for cuts down the road.

“We had a four- to five-year plan for adjusting the size of the law school faculty and staff through voluntary retirements and departures,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “With the budget challenges that occurred in West Virginia this year, and because there will be challenges for the next several years, I realized that it would be a good idea to accelerate that time period.”

The program offers employees a one-time, lump sum to leave their jobs. 

Nine employees — a mix of two faculty members, five classified and two non-classified staff members — took an offer from the college in January to voluntarily leave, totaling $615,000 in lump sum payments.

“If it is a critical role, we may need to replace it, but many times it is not replaced,” said Jim Morris, the school’s assistant vice president for human resources.

Bowman said he is still in the process of determining what positions will be replaced, but he estimated the program will save the college $500,000 annually. He had hoped to save as much as $800,000 annually. Only employees who had worked with the College of Law for 10 years or longer received offers.

That was the first time WVU offered the voluntary separation incentive on a large scale. Prior to that, it only made offers to individual employees when funding was short, if grants fell through or it the department wanted to reallocate resources.” [Emphasis mine]

You’re welcome, bitches! Did you think that you were going to be able to keep ass-raping your students, without lubricant, forever?

By the way, “voluntary separation” is the equivalent of your girlfriend tellling you, “We should see other people.” Does that seem mutual to you, bitch?!?! She simply doesn’t want to see your ass any longer.

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/07/amidst-26-enrollment-decline-west-virginia-law-school-accelerates-faculty-and-staff-downsizing-throu.html

Other Coverage: Paul Caron discussed this development in his July 4, 2016 entry “Amidst 26% Enrollment Decline, West Virginia Law School Accelerates Faculty And Staff Downsizing With Buyouts.” Here is his contribution:

“The law school enrolled 103 1Ls in Fall 2015, down from 139 1Ls in Fall 2011.”

It’s nice to see that college grads are starting to take a harder look at whether to attend law school. After all, this is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ECONOMIC DECISIONS in your entire damn life. Choose wisely, dumbass.

Look at this comment posted by Old Ruster from JD Junkyard, on July 4, 2016 at 6:24:21 am: 

‘"Right-sizing" -- appears to be a trend.’

http://law.wvu.edu/admissions/cost-of-attendance

Tuition: In-state, full-time law students were charged $19,008 in tuition – for the 2015-2016 academic year. Non-residents attending this cesspit on a full-time basis had their buttholes penetrated to the tune of $35,568, for the 2015-2016 school year. 

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+4

Ranking: Based on these costs, this school must have one hell of a reputation in the legal and academic communities, right?!?! According to US “News” & World Report, We$TT Virginia Univer$iTTy Commode of Law is rated as the co-97th greatest, most remarkable and illustrious law school in the entire damn country. It shares this distinct honor with Crooklyn and Wayne $TTaTTe. Yes, what a remarkable in$TTiTTuTTion!

Conclusion: In the final analysis, this trash heap is desperately trying to save money. That’s what happens when ABA-accredited toilets keep seeing declines in enrollment, despite less selectivity from admi$$ion$ committee$.  The pigs could lower tuition and accept lower salaries. After all, it’s not as though 4-6 hours of “work” per week requires an annual income of $180K. The law school swine do not care, in the slightest, that their recent graduates face garbage job prospects. They also do not give a damn about the insane levels of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt essentially required for a law degree.

Friday, July 1, 2016

South Texas Commode of Law Changes Its Name and School Colors, and Upsets University of Houston Law Cesspool


http://stcl.edu/name/

A Turd by Any Other Name: The dung pit has provided a page regarding Frequently Asked Questions. Here is one sample:

“Why is the school changing its name? 

As Houston’s oldest law school, we have a nearly 100-year history and tradition of success in legal education. As we honor our past, it is important that we continue to evolve to meet the needs of current and future students. By transforming our brand, we will bring increased awareness to the law school’s distinctive location in downtown Houston and better represent the law school’s diversity and global impact, thereby bolstering our regional and national profile.”

[Read: Our school is a perennial FOURTH TIER PILE OF DOG EXCREMENT, and we’re hoping that a name change will make you forget our sordid, pathetic-ass reputation. Plus, it's easier than actually improving our garbage product.  For $ome rea$on, we did not address the change in color scheme.]

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/06/law-schools-name-change-sparks-ire-potential-lawsuit/

Media Coverage: On June 23, 2016, Kathryn Rubino posted an ATL piece entitled “Law School’s Name Change Sparks Ire, Potential Lawsuit.” Look at this opening:

“Just yesterday we told you about South Texas College of Law’s decision to change its name to Houston College of Law. The only problem? A little less than four miles away there is already a University of Houston Law Center, and they share the same red school color. 

Tipsters and folks on social media had an immediate reaction, nearly all of it negative. Changing your school’s name after 93 years is bound to be controversial, especially when there is a good chance the school could be confused with one significantly ahead of it in the U.S. News and World Report Rankings.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, what a coincidence, huh?!?! Maybe it’s one of those pesky, beneficial “errors” that the law school pigs regularly commit. Later on, the author continued:

“And now, the University of Houston Law Center is weighing in on the issue. They are not pleased. From Dean Leonard Baynes: 

It has come to the University of Houston’s attention that South Texas College of Law has announced that it is changing its name to Houston College of Law. The University of Houston Law Center has an established history of nearly 70 years in the City of Houston. The University of Houston is concerned about the significant confusion this creates in the marketplace and will take any and all appropriate legal actions to protect the interests of our institution, our brand and our standing in the communities we serve. 

They are definitely keeping the door open for a lawsuit down the road, and the Dean has promised to protect the “integrity and interests” of the school. Dealing with potential legal threats the day after they announced their name change is probably not what the administration at the erstwhile South Texas College of Law wanted, but here we are.” [Emphasis mine]

It’s fun to see selfish academic swine go after each other. After all, they are competing for simpletons to enroll. Then again, at least the University of Houston's law students can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Respective Rankings:

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

The Univer$iTTy of Hou$TTon Law CenTTer is rated as the 50th greatest, most remarkable and amazing law school in the entire damn country – by US “News” & World Report. In fact, it “only” shares that distinction with four other ABA-accredited diploma mills. Frankly, that is not impressive. However, it beats the hell out of the following:

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

Yes, you read that correctly! South Texas Commode of Law is ranked as a FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT, by USN&WR! What a TTTTremendou$ accompli$hmenTTTT. 

Comparing Tuition:

http://www.law.uh.edu/admissions/tuition.asp

In-state law students attending the University of Houston Law Cesspool on a full-time law students will face a tuition bill of $30,401 – for the 2016-2017 academic year. Non-resident, full-time victims will take it up the ass, to the tune of $45,219.  What a bargain!

http://stcl.edu/fao/Tuition1.pdf

In contrast, Fourth Tier Houston Commode of Law charges everyone the same amount – since it is a private, free-standing in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion of “higher learning.” Those attending this dump were charged $29,490 in tuition, for the 2015-2016 school year. Perhaps, the thieves will need to increase their rates, if they want to be confused with the 50th “best” law school in the United States.

Conclusion: As the Law School Truth Center blog noted, “Maybe they should have called it Houston Summit instead?” This would cause even more cross-branding scenarios and po$$ibilitie$, as the home arena of the Houston Rockets used to be The Summit. This was in the era before essentially all pro sports stadiums and arenas featured idiotic corporate names. 

Wait, there’s more. Retired women’s college basketball coach Pat Summitt died on June 28, 2016. Since the Rockets won two NBA titles during their Summit days and Pat Summitt won eight NCAA championships as head coach, such a name change might cause increasingly dumber law school applicants to view the toilet formerly known as South Texas College of Law as the home of winners. Hell, the new color scheme even matches that of the Houston Rockets. Keep in mind that NBA teams will start selling ad space on game jerseys, starting in the 2017-2018 season. Do you see the possibilities yet, pigs?!?! This type of name change may even help the University of Houston Law Cesspool to drop this federal lawsuit, alleging trademark infringement. You’re welcome, bitches.

Monday, June 27, 2016

U.S. Department of Education Panel Recommends Suspending ABA Cockroaches from Accrediting New Law Schools, for One Year


https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/06/24/federal-panel-votes-terminate-acics-and-tightens-screws-other-accreditors

It’s About Damn Time!: On June 24, 2016, Inside Higher Ed published a Paul Fein piece that was entitled “Accreditor on Life Support.” This headline refers to another garbage accrediting agency, but check out the following portion as it pertains to the law school pigs:

“Most notably, the panel on Wednesday rebuked the American Bar Association, in part for its lack of attention to student achievement. 

The ABA accredits law schools, some of them freestanding institutions. NACIQI, after three contentious votes, recommended that the department suspend the association's ability to accredit new members for a year. The panel said the ABA had failed to implement its student achievement standards and probationary sanctions, while also falling short on its audit process and analysis of graduates' debt levels.

Barry Currier, the ABA's managing director of accreditation and legal education, said the finding followed a department staff report that listed minor technical deficiencies with the association's accrediting process. 

"The council believes that it is operating in compliance with the recognition criteria," Currier said in a written statement, "but will make any changes to its accreditation standards and rules of procedures that are necessary to stay in good standing with NACIQI and the Department of Education." [Emphasis mine]

Notice how Cockroach Barry Currier does not even address bar passage rates or JD student debt levels. His mother must be exceptionally proud of her little hatchling. On June 24, 2016, poster “Unemployed_Northeastern” provided this scathing analysis:

“I think my favorite part of this long, long overdue penalty for the ABA's feckless, disinterested, and usually anti-student *accreditation practices* is this: Barry Currier, the ABA's managing director of accreditation and legal education, was formerly dean of Concord Law School, an unaccredited, for-profit, online law school in California, owned by Kaplan, that, according to Wikipedia, had an average bar exam pass rate in California of just 36% between 2003 and 2011.”

In fact, the old hag is still listed on Concord Law Sewer’s website as “dean emeritus.” For $ome rea$on, he conveniently forgot to mention that in his reply.

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/06/department-of-education-panel-recommends-suspension-of-abas-power-to-accredit-law-schools-due-to-its.html

Other Coverage: On June 24, 2016, Paul Caron posted an entry labeled “Department Of Education Panel Recommends Suspension Of ABA's Power To Accredit Law Schools Due To Its 'Lack Of Attention To Student Achievement'” Look at this brief introduction:

“In stunning news, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) voted on Wednesday to recommend that the U.S. Department of Education suspend for one year the ABA's power to accredit new law schools due to the ABA's "lack of attention to student achievement[.]"

Scroll down to the Comments section, for the following gems. First, Sam Browning’s remarks on June 25, 2016 7:55:57 am:

“I await the arrival of a couple law professors who will inevitably argue that we face a critical shortage of lawyers and law schools in this country and 204 law schools are simply not enough to serve ______________ segment of our population.” [Emphasis mine]

Courtesy of Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King – posted on June 25, 2016 at 10:56:50 am:

“Reading this post made my day!!!!! The ABA is nothing more than a trade group like the National Automobile Dealers Association or National Retail Federation and on and on. Who is the ABA? What authority do this group have? GW Bush was correct to "de-authorize" the ABA from having any sort of influence or veto power regarding Supreme Court nominees. What does the ABA do? Hold a trade show once a year where you can pick up stress balls and candy from West?”

As you can see, those with a brain stem and some honesty can see the pigs’ next move. You can bet your ass that the American Bar Association filth will argue that they have the students’ best interest in mind – and that no other agency can better or equally perform their tasks and enforce their rules. Here is their stated Goal II

“IMPROVE OUR PROFESSION. 

Objectives: 

1. Promote the highest quality legal education. 
2. Promote competence, ethical conduct and professionalism. 
3. Promote pro bono and public service by the legal profession.” [Emphasis in original]

Yeah, accrediting dung heaps such as TJSL, Cooley, Arizona Summit, Ave Maria, etc. shows that you take this objective seriously. Who cares if these graduates incur RIDICULOUS SUMS OF NON-DISCHARGEABLE DEBT, for pathetic job prospects, right?!?!

Conclusion: In the final analysis, the ABA is a scum organization. The swine who run the institution have the no integrity or any guiding principles. In a just world, these sick bitches and hags would be prosecuted under the RICO statute. Hell, if purchase several trailers, install the internet, provide bookshelves, running water, and a fax machine, you can get approval. Just make sure to set aside enough cash for ABA site fees. Don’t expect this action to do much, other than to perhaps embarrass the cockroaches. Then again, they have proven that they have no shame.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fourth Tier Explosive Diarrhea: Valparaiso University School of Law Once Again in National News



http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/19/business/dealbook/an-expensive-law-degree-and-no-place-to-use-it.html

The Story: On June 17, 2016, the New York Times published a Noam Schieber piece that was entitled “An Expensive Law Degree and No Place to Use It.” Check out this splendid opening:

“By most measures, John Acosta is a law school success story. He graduated from Valparaiso University Law School — a well-established regional school here in northwestern Indiana — in the top third of his class this past December, a semester ahead of schedule. He passed the bar exam on his first try in February. 

Mr. Acosta, 39, is also a scrupulous networker who persuaded a former longtime prosecutor to join him in starting a defense and family law firm. A police officer for 11 years in Georgia, Mr. Acosta has a rare ability to get inside the head of a cop that should be of more than passing interest to would-be clients… 

Yet in financial terms, there is almost no way for Mr. Acosta to climb out of the crater he dug for himself in law school, when he borrowed over $200,000. The government will eventually forgive the loan — in 25 years — if he’s unable to repay it, as is likely on his small-town lawyer’s salary. But the Internal Revenue Service will probably treat the forgiven amount as income, leaving him what could easily be a $70,000 tax bill on the eve of retirement, and possibly much higher.

Mr. Acosta is just one of tens of thousands of recent law school graduates caught up in a broad transformation of the legal profession. While demand for other white-collar jobs has grown substantially since the start of the recession, law firms and corporations are finding they can make do with far fewer in-house lawyers than before, squeezing those just starting their careers.” [Emphasis mine]

Broke-ass, criminal defendant scum clients will not be able to appreciate Acosta’s background – at least not where it counts, i.e. with dollars. Now scroll down to this disgusting portion:

“Belatedly, many schools are starting to respond to this brutal reality, or at least the collapse in applications it has set off. In February, Valparaiso announced it was offering buyouts to tenured professors. As of May, 14 of 36 full-time faculty members had either accepted the package or retired. The law school plans to reduce its student body by roughly one-third over the next few years, from about 450 today. 

To the faculty at Valparaiso and the roughly 20 percent of the 200 or so American Bar Association-accredited law schools that have cut back aggressively in recent years, these moves can feel shockingly harsh. 

“Maybe I was na├»ve, but I didn’t think it would be as stark,” said Rosalie Levinson, a longtime constitutional law professor at Valparaiso who recently headed a committee on restructuring the school. “The number of tenured faculty that would be leaving — not gradually but immediately — just personally, that was difficult.” 

But from the perspective of the students caught up in the explosion of unrepayable law school debt, the shake-up at the school, and others like it, look rather pedestrian. 

Given the tectonic shifts in the legal landscape, the relevant issue may not be how much law schools like Valparaiso should shrink. Today the more important question is whether they should exist at all.” [Emphasis mine]

As you can see clearly, the law school pigs do not give one goddamn about YOU, the student or recent financial rape victim/graduate. Instead, their hearts bleed for their fellow swine who were given buyouts. What beacons of integrity, huh?!?!

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/06/vivisection-of-a-dying-law-school/

Other Coverage: On June 17, 2016, Elie Mystal wrote an ATL entry that was labeled “Vivisection Of A Dying Law School.” Enjoy the following excerpt:

“The New York Times: Dealbook had a brilliant article yesterday, written by Noam Scheiber, called “An Expensive Law Degree, and No Place to Use It.” Don’t let the 2009-era headline fool you, this thing is actually a case study of one, totally screwed, lower tier law school. It’s jammed packed with personal anecdotes that put a human face on the tragedy of bad law schools. I encourage you to read the whole thing. 

The school is Valparaiso and… Jesus, the confluence of bad decisions is just amazing. Look at the first student profiled, a 39-year-old former cop who is trying to start a criminal defense practice.. 

Just marvel at the things that are wrong in those two paragraphs: 

* You don’t borrow $200,000 to go to Valparaiso Law. If somebody gave you $200,000 and you spent it on Valpo Law, you should be kicked in the nuts, daily. 
* You don’t borrow $200,000 to go to ANY law school, if your goal is to hang out a shingle as a criminal defense attorney. 
* You are not a “success story” if you can only crack the top third at freaking Valpo. Going to Valpo and finishing out of the top five percent means you failed. 

John Acosta had a good job and not $200,000 of debt, and he traded it for a Valparaiso Law Degree and the magic beans of hope. 

And Acosta isn’t in the worst shape. The article closes by profiling a woman who graduates in 2015 and now works at Meijer (Meijer is like K-Mart and Gristedes had a baby that grew up homeless in Flint) having failed the bar twice.” [Emphasis mine]

Acosta is in TERRIBLE financial shape. According to the NYT story, he managed to get engaged to another Valpo Law student – and they will have close to half a million dollars in debt. She also has a child to support. Yeah, law school was a great decision, right?!?!

Conclusion: In the final analysis, Valparai$o Univer$iTTTTy Sewer of Law is a FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT – as rated by US “News” & World Report. The jackals running that cesspit could not care less about you, the student or recent graduate. They saw an easy mark, and they enrolled your ass. I’m sure they told you that you were “special” throughout the application process and during OrienTTTTaTTTTion. Three years later, they dumped your corpse along the side of the road – and moved on to the next group of victims. After all, “professors” and deans need to make bank for pathetic amounts of “work” each week. You, the student, are a mere means to an end.
 
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