Thursday, September 29, 2016

Faculty Lounge Law School Pigs Squeal That the Bar Exam is Getting Too Difficult for Their Dumbass Graduates


http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2016/09/wait-a-minute-lets-think-about-the-mathematics-of-bar-passage.html

Pathetic Antics: On September 28, 2016, Univer$iTTTTTy of Ma$$achu$eTTTTT$ Sewer of Law “professor” Ralph D. Clifford bitched about declining bar passage rates, in a Faculty Lounge entry labeled “Wait a Minute! Let's Think About the Mathematics of Bar Passage.” Take a look at this drivel:

“Florida had a 68.2% success rate on the bar last July. See Florida Results. (The success rate for practitioners is just slightly better at 68.9%). All of the non-practitioners—and probably most of the practitioners, too—are graduates from ABA schools. 

It is not possible for all ABA schools to achieve an 85% (or even 75%) pass rate in Florida. Despite what is said on A Prairie Home Companion, all of our children cannot be above average. The reality is that if one ABA school gets a passage rate that is above the state average, another one will be below it. 

Further, the passage rate trend on the Florida bar raises an important question. As the table and chart of July pass rates below indicates, the pass rate on the Florida bar has been declining fairly dramatically over the last eight years:

Year Overall Practitioners

2009 80.0 
2010 79.2 
2011 80.1
2012 80.2 — 
2013 77.2 — 
2014 71.8 
2015 68.9 69.6 
2016 68.2 68.9” [Emphasis mine]

Cockroach Ralph Clifford has eight years of significantly declining bar passage rates, for the State of Florida, but only two years of data on practitioners taking the exam. Great comparison, jackass. The $elf-$erving bastard then reaches the following conclusion:

“This declining passage rate can have two sources. One contributing factor, as much of the discussion about bar passage rates have assumed to be the sole factor, is that the quality of the people taking the bar exam has declined. The other possible factor that the discussion has ignored is that the bar exam itself has become more difficult. 

There is some support for this second factor being important in the percentage of practitioners who pass. There is not a significant difference between that rate and the overall rate. All of the practitioners presumably graduated from law school at least a decade ago and before the current shrinkage of the law student applicant pool occurred. If the current admission practices of law schools is causing the bar passage decline, how do we explain that practitioners are doing no better?” [Emphasis mine]

Ralph, when you have a moment, can you pull your head out of your ass? Perhaps, many of the practitioners taking the Florida bar exam were initially licensed decades ago, and have forgotten a fair amount of the material on the test, genius. Furthermore, that sample size may be pretty damn small, in contrast to the first time takers. Did that ever cross your academic thief mind?

http://jdunderground.com/all/thread.php?threadId=116062

Other Coverage: On September 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm, solid JDU contributor “ichininosan” started a thread that was entitled “Blaming the Bar Exam for Low Pass Rates.” Check out the following exchange:

“flharfh (Sep 28, 2016 - 7:12 pm)

So the law professor's argument is essentially "minority students tend to be too stupid to pass the bar exam. We need more minority lawyers because diversity, therefore bar exam standards should be lowered." Do I have it right? 

adamb (Sep 28, 2016 - 8:39 pm)

Yes - that is the logic, which is not even sound for an lsat logical reasoning statement.”

Of course, the law school pigs want state bar examiners to make the test easier so that more of their foolish graduates can pass – regardless of color or race. For $ome rea$on, the “legal scholars” at the Faculty Lounge “forgot” to mention that MBE scores improved slightly in 2016. According to Derek Muller at Excess of Democracy:

“My initial theory--unsupported by any evidence!--would be that the best students were sufficiently worried about the bar exam and studied more than ever. That would mean that the scores of people already inclined to pass the bar exam improved--and that wouldn't have any impact on the pass rates. It would shift up the mean score of the MBE without affecting the overall pass rates. And, if the quality of students law schools have been graduating has continued to decline, then we might expect to see overall pass rates decline.” [Emphasis mine]

Conclusion: If large portions of graduating classes cannot pass the bar – even though you swine are admitting and enrolling more waterheads – then what are you doing with these students for three years?!?! Then again, you are not miracle workers. You are simply proving true the adage: Garbage in, garbage out. Expect to see more ABA-accredited trash pits offer extensive test preparation, including entire courses devoted to reviewing the latest state bar exam. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend $135K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a three year review of bar materials?!?!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Not So Shocking News: States Reporting Lower Bar Passage Rates Again, and ABA Will Keep Accrediting Law Schools


http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/several_states_report_lower_bar_pass_rates_for_july_exam/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=navigation&utm_campaign=most_read

Rates Drop Yet Again: On September 21, 2016, the ABA Journal posted a Debra Cassens Weiss article, under the headline “Several states report lower bar pass rates for July exam.” Here is the full text below:

“Bar exam pass rates have fallen in at least seven out of 13 states that have so far reported July results.

A higher average score was cited in August for this year’s Multistate Bar Exam in July. The news signaled a possible end to the decline in bar passage rates. But the most recent figures, reported by Law.com, suggest the optimism may have been unwarranted.

In Iowa, the bar pass rate fell to 71 percent, from 86 percent on last year’s exam. In Indiana, the bar pass rate fell to 61 percent, from 74 percent. In a larger jurisdiction—Florida—the decline was slight, with the passage rate dropping to 68.2 percent, from 68.9 percent last year. 

Other jurisdictions reporting a decline in test scores are Washington state, Missouri, North Dakota and Oregon, according to Law.com. 

Bar exam pass rates increased slightly in Idaho, Kansas and West Virginia, and remained the same in Oklahoma. North Carolina and Arkansas released bar exam results but did not provide overall passage rates.

Law.com spoke with Pepperdine law professor Derek Muller about the disconnect between the higher MBE scores and the continued decline in bar pass rates in the states reporting the results so far. Muller blogs at Excess of Democracy. 

One possibility, Muller says, is that strong students who were destined to pass the bar exam studied even harder, raising the average MBE score but not raising bar pass rates overall. Another possibility, he said, “is that we’re just seeing unlucky jurisdictions and the scores will go way up in California and New York.” [Emphasis mine]

Let’s see how it takes for the law school pigs to cry about how the bar exam is becoming too difficult for graduates. Does anyone want to guess which particular swine leads the charge, i.e. open letter co-signed by other academic thieves? 

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

ABA Cockroaches Can Continue to Accredit Cesspits: On September 23, 2016, the ABA Journal featured a Stephanie Francis Ward piece that was entitled “ABA won’t be suspended from accrediting new law schools.” Check out this opening:

“The U.S. Department of Education will not implement a panel recommendation that called for suspending the ABA from accrediting new law schools for one year.

In a letter sent to Barry Currier, managing director of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Emma Vadehra, the department’s chief of staff, wrote that she was accepting the recommendation of department staff to allow the ABA to continue accrediting new law schools rather than the recommendation for a one-year suspension made by the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity. 

The recommendations centered on a question of whether the ABA was in compliance with federal regulations regarding mandates that accrediting agencies monitor and re-evaluate programs, and that they enforce standards. The department staff did not find enough evidence in the record that the ABA was out of compliance with either of those mandates, according to Vadehra’s Sept. 22 letter to Currier. 

The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity made its recommendation during a June 22 hearing. Discussion included the need for response to increasing law school costs, high student debt and lack of lawyer jobs. Some panel members expressed concern that no law schools have had ABA accreditation withdrawn over the past five years, and that the organization continues to accredit new law schools. 

Out of 10 panel members, six voted in favor of the panel’s recommendation.” [Emphasis mine]

This does not surprise anyone. The gutless, toothless Department of Education does not want to make an example of the decrepit American Bar A$$ociation – even though the cockroaches will accredit anything. Just take a look at this small sampling of rancid toilets: Cooley, TJ$L, WhiTTTTier, Pace, TTTTouro, Arizona $ummit, Florida International, Western New England “University,” John Marshall Law School, University of St. Thomas.

Graduates of these rotting stink piles have NO SHOT IN HELL of landing Biglaw or federal employments, yet they still accrue outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for their worthless law degrees. Their best potential outcome is to land employment in a toiletlaw firm, representing broke-ass clients in family law or criminal defense matters.

Conclusion: ABA-accredited law schools are collectively admitting dumber applicants into their “legal education” programs. This is well documented, people. They are doing so, because fewer people are interested in law school. However, the bitches and hags still need to get more asses in seats, so that they can get their paws on more federal student loan money. Again, the law school pigs DO NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN ABOUT YOU, the student or recent graduate. You are a mere means to an end, chump. The schools pump and dump thousands of students each year – without regard to the prevailing job market for lawyers. After all, they get paid up front, in full – while you get the “privilege” of paying dearly for your dumb decision, for the next 20-30 years.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Smells of Desperation: Second Tier Cesspit University of Tulsa College of Law Reduces Tuition by 35 Percent


http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/law_school_cuts_tuition_by_35_percent/

The News: On September 14, 2016, the ABA Journal featured an article from Stephanie Francis Ward, under the headline “Law school cuts tuition by 35%.” Here is the full text below:

“The University of Tulsa College of Law, a private institution, is reducing tuition and ending its regional scholarship plan for the next school year. 

This year, tuition at the law school is $37,960, the National Jurist reports. In 2017, it will be $24,600. TU Law announced the new tuition level earlier this month.

“This tuition reduction is designed to be really transparent about the cost of legal education,” said Lyn Entzeroth, the law school’s dean, to the National Jurist. 

Tuition for the law school had risen 10 percent over the past three years, and so the school had offered more scholarships. A full 100 percent of the students received scholarships last year, according to the National Jurist. TU Law will continue to offer other need and merit scholarships. An analysis by the National Jurist’s publication preLaw found that on average, students during the 2014-2015 year individually paid $15,835 in tuition. 

According to the law school’s website, its bar passage rate for first-time test takers was 75 percent for the July 2015 exam. ABA data (PDF) reports that out of 94 graduates that year, 59 had full-time, long-term employment that required JDs, and 19 had long-term positions where a law degree was preferred.” [Emphasis mine]

This second tier bag of ass is resorting to tuition discounts for all students, in order to try and persuade applicants with decent LSAT scores to apply there. This is the equivalent of putting out on the first date. It signals desperation. 

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/09/wow-law-school-slashes-tuition-by-a-whopping-35-percent/

Other Coverage: On September 13, 2016, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Wow! Law School Slashes Tuition By A Whopping 35 Percent.” Check out this opening:

“Law schools have finally accepted the fact that during these trying times, three years of legal education is more likely to put students into a lifetime of debt than a lifelong career. In the past, other law schools have instituted tuition freezes and smaller tuition cuts, but today, we’ve got some exciting news about a law school that’s going forward with the largest tuition cut we’ve heard of, to date. 

At the beginning of the month, the University of Tulsa College of Law announced it would be rolling out its “Access to Legal Education Tuition” program, starting in fall 2017. Per the school’s press release, tuition under this plan will be $24,600 per year, placing it among the most affordable private law schools in the nation. Here’s more: 

“The Access to Legal Education Tuition responds to the need to offer law students an outstanding and affordable legal education at a selective, Top 100 private law school. By reducing student debt, TU Law graduates will be better positioned to launch fulfilling legal careers in large or small firms, government, solo or rural practices, and public interest work with underserved communities,” said Lyn Entzeroth, Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair at TU College of Law. “TU Law’s placement of students in JD and JD-preferred jobs was most recently ranked 26th in the nation by US News and World Report. The new tuition will further strengthen students’ professional options.”

Considering that tuition at Tulsa Law has risen by 10 percent over the past three years, this reduction is a much-needed change of pace. Tuition for students who entered the school this fall will pay $37,960, but next year, they’ll pay $13,360 less.

On top of Tulsa’s generous tuition cuts, the school will continue to offer need-based and merit-based scholarships. In fact, as the law school’s tuition rose, it offered more and more scholarships to its students. Last year, 100 percent of students received scholarships, and the year prior, 91 percent of students received scholarships.” [Emphasis mine]

Does anyone think that this is going to be sustainable for the trash pit, on a long-term basis?!?! Now that every enrolled lemming will receive a 35 percent tuition discount, i.e. “scholarship,” the school will continue to bleed money.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2014/730/579/2014-730579298-0b2bc5d5-9.pdf

University Endowment: Based on this 2014 Form 990 for EIN 73-0579298, the University of Tulsa had an endowment of $1,266,267,922 - as of June 30, 2014. This means that the parent university has money to piss away. However, the top brass will not be happy – for long – about sending money to the law school pigs.

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

Ranking: Why would such an “elite institution of higher education” need to reduce tuition?!?! According to US “News” & World Report, the Univer$iTTy of TTul$a Commode of Law is rated as the co-86th greatest, most phenomenal, and illustrious law school in the entire damn country! Hell, it “only” shares this “distinct honor” with the following five trash heaps: Chicago-Kent, Pennsylania State University-Dickinson, Pennslyvania State University-University Park, Syracuse, and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Conclusion: Avoid the dung heap known as the Univer$iTTy of TTul$a, at all costs. While reducing the cost of tuition by more than a third may be enticing to a dolt, remember that it is still ranked 86th “best” in the nation – and it is located in Oklahoma. Have you seen any evidence of any thriving legal markets in the state?! Graduating with an additional $110K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE DEBT – for a TT law degree - will not improve your financial situation. Do the math, simpleton.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Indiana Tech Law School Had One Damn Student Pass the July 2016 Indiana Bar Exam


http://www.theindianalawyer.com/lone-indiana-tech-law-student-passes-july-exam/PARAMS/article/41433

Rousing Success: On September 13, 2016, the Indiana Lawyer published a Jennifer Nelson piece that was entitled “Lone Indiana Tech Law student passes July exam.” Enjoy the monumental full text below:

“The inaugural graduating class of Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne set a goal of a 100 percent bar passage rate, but a review of the names of successful July applicants reveals only one Indiana Tech student passed the Indiana Bar Exam.

Twenty students graduated from Indiana Tech in May, the first to do so from the law school that opened in its doors to students 2013. The students wanted to prove to the legal community and doubters that the state needed another law school and that Indiana Tech will be around for many years, according to one student who spoke with Indiana Lawyer shortly after graduation.

An Indiana Lawyer review of the names of successful applicants for the July 2016 Indiana Bar Exam released Monday only includes one student from Indiana Tech. A spokesman for Indiana Tech would not confirm or deny that student was the only one who passed the test, but did clarify that a dozen graduates sat for the exam.

“We had 12 graduates sit for the July bar exam. As is the case everywhere, we had a mixture of passage, failure, and those within appeal range. So we won’t know our pass number until that process is done,” wrote Brian Engelhart, vice president of university relations for Indiana Tech, in an email.

Engelhart did not respond to a follow-up email asking why only 12 graduates sat for the July exam and if some planned on waiting until February to take the test. 

Messages left for comment from law school Dean Charles Cercone, Associate Dean andré douglas pond cummings, and members of the board of trustees, were not returned by IL deadline. 

Under Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 14, those who want to appeal must make a written request to the Board of Law Examiners within 14 days of the issuance by the board of the eligible examinee’s results.” [Emphasis mine]

How presTTTTigious, huh?!?! Hell, you would be better off trying to land a career, with a degree from DeVry “University” or ITT Technical Institute. This is beyond pathetic!

http://jdunderground.com/all/thread.php?threadId=115176

Other Coverage: On September 14, 2016 at 2:59 pm, JDU denizen “abazungu” started a thread that was labeled “Indiana Tech Law has student pass bar exam.” Take a look at his original post:

http://www.theindianalawyer.com/lone-indiana-tech-law-student-passes-july-exam/PARAMS/article/41433

"We had 12 graduates sit for the July bar exam. As is the case everywhere, we had a mixture of passage, failure, and those within appeal range. So we won’t know our pass number until that process is done,” wrote Brian Engelhart, vice president of university relations for Indiana Tech, in an email. 

If all goes well, they might have another student pass the bar in February. Sky's the limit for this academic citadel.” [Emphasis mine]

Now check out the following gems, first 123fakestreet, from September 14, 2016 3:45 pm:

“Yay diversity. If this law school did not exist that one person would never had the opportunity to be a lawyer. 

"If you have to screw 20 to possibly slightly benefit 1 then its worth it" -- Thomas Jefferson” [Emphasis mine]

Next, user “6figuremistake” takes a swing at this big, ugly-ass piñata - on September 14, 2016 at 4:07 pm:

“Sounds like each of these 12 proud alumni have a cool million in additional life time earnings awaiting them! Just think of how much dough that one guy who actually passed the bar is going to make.”

Accountholder “3lol” blasts this toilet with this zinger, on September 14, 2016 5:06 pm:

“This makes Infilaw schools look positively elite, what with their *multiple* bar passers. Fancy stuff.”

If you have a functioning brain stem, then you will not even consider this rancid trash pit. Sadly, this school proudly enrolls waterheads.

http://abovethelaw.com/2016/09/worst-bar-exam-results-ever-only-one-person-from-this-law-school-passed-the-bar-exam/

On September 14, 2016, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry headlined “Worst Bar Exam Results Ever? Only ONE Person From This Law School Passed The Bar Exam.” From that source:

“According to the Indiana Board of Law Examiners, of the 508 people who sat for the Indiana exam, 414 of them were first-time takers, with a pass rate of 68 percent. The overall pass rate for the Indiana exam was 61 percent. The overall pass rate for Indiana Tech School of Law graduates was 8.33 percent (12 graduates sat for the state exam).” [Emphasis mine]

Conclusion: It’s impressive that this cesspool’s bar passage rate was within 60 percent of the state’s overall success rate for first-time takers. Then again, this was a rather small sample size from Indiana Tech Law Sewer. From the excrement pile’s “About Us” page, “Indiana Tech Law School is a new kind of law school dedicated to preparing students for success in law, leadership, and life.” Yeah, how’s that working out for your students and graduates, cockroaches?!?!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Charlotte Sewer of Law Apparently Thrilled About Pathetic North Carolina Bar Exam Results for February and July 2016


http://abovethelaw.com/2016/09/law-school-celebrates-worst-bar-exam-results-in-nearly-10-years/?rf=1

Celebration!: On September 7, 2016, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry that was labeled “Law School Celebrates Worst Bar Exam In Nearly 10 Years.” Check out this opening:

“Last week, in a surprising twist of fate, we learned that the national mean score on the July 2016 administration of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) hadinched up higher than it had been in recent years. In July 2015, at 139.9, the national MBE mean was the lowest it had been in nearly three decades. This summer, the national mean MBE score is 140.3, four tenths of a point higher. 

But does that mean that law students, on the whole, passed the exam in greater percentages? Absolutely not, as the results from North Carolina seem to suggest.

North Carolina’s bar exam results are usually shrouded in secrecy. The state does not publicly publish the number of people who have taken its exam, much less its overall passage rates, but thanks to one law school’s emails to students, we’ve been able to gather some of that information. For example, we know that in July 2015, the overall passage rate for first-time takers in the state was 67.1 percent, and that in July 2016, the overall passage rate for first-time takers in the state was 65.9 percent. 

Last summer, for-profit InfiLaw institution Charlotte School of Law, the very law school whose emails we rely upon for statistics on the North Carolina bar exam, displayed test results that were so subpar — only 47.1 percent of the school’s first-time takers passed — that Dean Jay Conison blamed Charlotte’s graduates for “not do[ing] the work” needed to pass the exam. This summer, an even smaller percentage of graduates from Charlotte Law passed the exam — 45.24 percent — but Dean Conison seems to be relatively thrilled about the results. Why on earth is he so pleased? We’ll allow him to explain himself.

Here’s an excerpt from an email Dean Conison sent to all students late last month: 

Our 45.24% first-time pass rate, although not at the levels we wish, marks an increase of 11% from the February 2016 pass rate, and signals that our improvements are having an impact. Our ultimate bar pass rate over the past five years has been approximately 78%, and we expect many more of our graduates to pass the North Carolina bar examination in coming administrations.

According Charlotte Law, North Carolina’s pass rate in February 2016 was just 51.1 percent, and now we know that approximately 34.7 percent of the school’s graduates passed the February 2016 bar examination. We don’t how many Charlotte Law graduates took the February 2016 test, nor do we know how many of them took the July 2016 test, so Dean Conison’s talk of the school’s “improvements … having an impact” is a bit like comparing rotten apples to spoiled oranges.” [Emphasis mine] 

Hell, throwing darts at a board would likely yield one with better than 34.7 percent odds of winning. Plus, it won’t cost you an outrageous sum. In contrast, law school typically results in the student amassing disgusting amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. Why the hell does anyone enroll in such an atrocious stench pit?!?!

http://www.charlottelaw.edu/tuition.html

Tuition: Perhaps, people attend this specific commode due to its affordability. Actually…this excrement pile charges $44,284 in full-time tuition – for the 2016-2017 school year. At least, the pigs “only” set part-time tuition at $35,822, for the 2016-2017 academic year. How decent of them!

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

Ranking: As you can see, the CharloTTTTe Sewer of Law is rated as a FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT, by none other than US “News” & World Report. Yes, what a prestigious program – even by for-profit $tandard$.

http://www.lstscorereports.com/schools/charlotte/2015/

Law School Transparency Report: Let’s see how “selective” this toilet is in its admi$$ion$, people. Head to the Key Stats tab. For brevity, we’ll focus on the first year class of 2015:

25th percentile LSAT: 140
Median LSAT: 142
75th percentile LSAT: 145
25th percentile UGPA: 2.51
Median UGPA: 2.85
75th percentile UGPA: 3.17

Here are the respective figures for the entering 2013 cohort, i.e. the morons who took the bar exam in 2016: 141, 144, 149, 2.59, 2.91, and 3.25. You will notice that the numbers are even weaker now. At what point will this cesspit become as selective as community colleges, which typically feature open admissions?!?! This is beyond embarrassing.

Conclusion: We are well aware that law school is a terrible gamble for the vast majority of students. There are over 200 ABA-accredited diploma mills, and only a handful – at most - are worth attending at full cost. A school ranked 26th or 41st “best” is often not good enough to land you a really good job. Plus, no matter how you slice it, only 10% of the class can end up in the top decile. Furthermore, that is not going to land you a decent position – at many in$titution$ of “higher learning.” If you have an IQ above room temperature, then you will not even consider CharloTTTTe Sewer of Law. Working as an assistant manager at Wendy’s is better than being a TTTT law student.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

For the JD Class of 2015, NALP Reports That Private Practice Jobs Were at Lowest Point Since 1996


http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/08/17/private-sector-jobs-for-law-grads-hit-historic-lows/

The News: On August 17, 2016, the Wall Street Journal Law Journal published a Sara Randazzo piece entitled “Law School Graduates Findings Fewer Private Practice Jobs.” Enjoy this stellar opening:

“The number of law school graduates entering private practice after getting their degrees has shrunk to the lowest level in nearly two decades, according to a new report.

The overall employment rate for the class of 2015 has rebounded somewhat from a post-recession plunge. But not since 1996 have so few graduates secured jobs in private practice, according to the National Association for Law Placement’s 2015 employment survey released Wednesday.

Among the roughly 40,000 students who graduated last year, 17,168 landed private-practice jobs, NALP’s report found.

Another 9,829 graduates were clerking for judges or were employed either in government, the public-interest sector or academia. And another 5,769 graduates got business jobs. 

“I was surprised to see that the private practice number was so low,” NALP’s executive director, James Leipold, said in the report. “You have to go back to 1996 to find a comparably small number of private practice jobs.”

Mr. Leipold called the entry-level market “remarkably flat by almost every measure” and noted that many new graduates have to compete with lawyers already in the market for jobs as the number of positions set aside for entry-level hires shrinks. 

At 86.7%, the class of 2015 employment rate didn’t change from the year before. That figure is two percentage points higher than in 2012 but more than five percentage points lower than the class of 2007. The more stable rate figure reflects a steep drop in overall law school enrollment[.]” [Emphasis mine]

Still want to take the law school plunge, waterhead?!?! These private practice jobs also include solo practices and firms with 2-10 lawyers, which typically feature high stress, instability, and low pay.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/18/business/dealbook/2015-law-school-graduates-got-fewer-jobs-in-private-practice.html?_r=0

Other Coverage: On August 17, the New York Times DealBook posted an Elizabeth Olson contribution, which was labeled "2015 Law School Graduates Got Fewer Jobs in Private Practice."  Review the following excerpt:

“Last year’s law school graduates landed fewer jobs in private practice than any class in the last two decades, according to the National Association for Law Placement, which tracks developments in the legal profession. 

“You have to go back to 1996 to find a comparably small number of private practice jobs,” said James G. Leipold, the association’s executive director. Private practice includes firms of any size as well as solo practitioners. 

In 2007, there were 37,123 such jobs, the association found, compared with 33,469 last year, according to the report, “Employment for the Class of 2015 – Selected Findings.” 

The number of such jobs for newly credentialed lawyers probably shrank, Mr. Leipold said, because graduates are competing “with other junior lawyers for most jobs other than entry-level associate positions at large law firms, some judicial clerkships and some government honors programs.” 

And there is little change in sight, he said, because law firms of every size will face a smaller head count “in the coming years and even decades” as law firms incorporate “growing efficiencies created by technology and business systems and increased competition from nontraditional legal services providers.” [Emphasis mine]

Did you get that, mental midgets?!?! Or do you need Big Bird and Elmo to break this stuff down for you, right before they give you the letter of the day?

http://www.nalp.org/uploads/Membership/EmploymentfortheClassof2015SelectedFindings.pdf

One Important Distinction: Let’s go to the organization’s report, Employment for the Class of 2015 – Selected Findings. Consume this nugget, courtesy of Judith N. Collins, director of research at NALP:

“With the Class of 2014, NALP began measuring the employment rate of law graduates as of March 15, or ten months after a typical May graduation. Previously employment status had been measured as of February 15, an important distinction when making comparisons with employment rates prior to 2014.” [Emphasis mine]

This means that the “unchanged” employment rate for JD classes in 2014 and 2015, was due to the fact that the latest class covered had an extra month. Remember, the law school pigs lobbied for this added time. While you, as a lemming, may “think” that this is not significant, you are dead wrong. Many grads will take a job out of desperation, within that additional 30 days. Also, your significant other may leave your ass if you go another month without contributing to the household.

Conclusion: This is a public service announcement for those still considering law school. Pretty much the only guarantee that you have by attending a “legal education” program is that you will accrue outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. Avoid financial ruin, and stick to your current job. While you’re at it, make sure not to stick your hand in a lion’s mouth either. It’s also not a good idea to do any of the following: pick up a cub in front of its mother, stick a fork in a power socket, or make a run at an unrestrained, ferocious dog.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

News Flash: Idiots Continue to Enroll in Currently Unaccredited Trash Pit University of North Texas Dallas College of Law


http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20160831-students-flock-to-unt-dallas-law-school-despite-questions-about-its-future.ece

Dummies Still Enroll: On August 31, 2016, the Dallas Morning News published a Holly K. Hacker piece that was entitled “Students flock to UNT-Dallas law school despite questions about its future.” Take a look at this opening:

“If students are worried about the future of Dallas' first public law school, it hasn't kept them away. 

Two weeks into its third year, the UNT-Dallas College of Law reports a total enrollment of 387 students. That includes 145 first-year students, a slight increase from last year. 

"I feel good about the numbers," Royal Furgeson, the school's dean, said this week. "We got a little more than we expected." 

College leaders had braced themselves for fewer students after learning the school's accreditation could be in jeopardy. An ABA advisory group said in July that it would recommend UNT-Dallas not be accredited, citing low LSAT scores for some entering students and a shaky financial plan for the school.

The bar association meets in October to decide whether to grant the law school, part of the University of North Texas at Dallas, the accreditation it desperately needs. In Texas, only graduates of accredited law schools can take the bar exam. 

Furgeson said the college is getting ready to make its case. It already has support from some powerful people, including a group of state representatives for Dallas County and other parts of North Texas. 

"Texas needs these students just as much as our community needs UNT-Dallas," the group said in a statement last week. "We are confident that with hard work and a demanding course load, the students of UNT-Dallas will meet the challenges ahead, from the bar exam to their legal careers." [Emphasis mine]

Working the front desk at Motel 6 does not constitute legal work, dolt. Reviewing rental applications or pouring lattes is not much of a “legal career” either. The ONLY numbers that Furgeson – and every other law dean in the U.S. – cares about are the total figure of federal student loan dollars extracted by the pigs. The state has more than enough lawyers.

https://lawschool.untsystem.edu/accreditation-statement

Real Effort, Huh?: Here is how simple it is to find out whether the law school you have is accredited by the American Bar Association cockroaches. Perform the following Google search: “UNT Dallas College of Law accreditation.” Within two seconds, you will see the link above, to the toilet’s web page. That screen provides this language – which is clear as crystal:

“Accreditation Statement

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION 

UNT Dallas College of Law is not currently accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). As with any new law school, the process of seeking accreditation from the ABA cannot begin until the College of Law completes its first academic year. We will seek accreditation according to the timeline and requirements of the ABA.” [Emphasis in original]

You don’t have two seconds to perform that elementary research, but you want to spend three years of your life in new TTTTT “legal education” program, which limits you to piss poor job prospects?!?! In what universe does that make any damn sense?! High school kids could figure out that this excrement pile is a terrible “investment.” Yet, morons continue to apply and enroll.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/08/31/aba-taken-task-feds-and-critics-law-school-student-outcomes

Other Coverage: On August 31, 2016, Inside Higher Ed featured an Andrew Kreighbaum article headlined “ABA Tightens Up.” Enjoy the following segment:

“Earlier this month, the American Bar Association’s accrediting arm recommended against approving the University of North Texas-Dallas College of Law, citing low admissions test scores scores of entering students. Days later, it found Ave Maria Law School in Florida out of compliance with its standards, again citing admissions practices. 

The bar association also has considered tightening bar-passage standards to make them tougher for schools to meet. Taken together, the moves might indicate a tougher approach at a time when law-school graduates are facing a tougher job market with ever-growing debt loads. 

The struggles of law-schools' former students have led to increased criticism of the association and the schools. That scrutiny came to a head in a summer meeting of the federal panel that oversees higher education accreditors, who grilled ABA leaders over their monitoring practices and suspended the group from accrediting new institutions for one year.” [Emphasis mine]

The ABA is incredibly lax with member schools, but now that there is outside pressure, the mice have to show that they are serious about their “standards.” Yet, dummies still apply to this cesspool.

Conclusion: If you have an IQ above room temperature, then you will not even consider going to this unaccredited pile of putrid waste – under any circumstances. If you are at a halfway decent job, and you are not opposed to putting in an honest day’s work, then remain in that position. Try to work your way up a little. Be nice to co-workers, become competent at your tasks, and learn from the boss. Employment as an assistant manager at McDonald’s is better than being a TTTTT law student. 

In honor of the recently deceased Gene Wilder, who immortalized the role of Willy Wonka on the big screen: if you attend this festering dung heap, you will live out these words every day for the rest of your life, “You get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!” You don't win a chocolate factory. The only thing you get to take home are the skid marks in your underwear - and an ass-load of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. .
 
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