Monday, May 20, 2013
Tuition: In-state, full-time law students will be charged $20,730 in tuition, for the 2013-2014 academic year. Non-residents attending this garbage pit on a full-time basis will be ass-raped to the tune of $35,220 - for 2013-2014. Of course, fees add another $1,893 to the big-ass tab.
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, New York residents - who live off campus - will face a 2013-2014 budget of $43,315. Their out-of-state counterparts will need to come up with $57,805, for all costs, for the upcoming school year.
At least, this trash heap admits that the expenses only cover 9.5 months. As such, we need to prorate living costs, in order to reach a better estimate. I will provide twelve months expenses for housing, board, personal and transportation. Doing so, we reach a more accurate figure of $48,404 for New York residents, living off campus for the full year, whereas out of state, full-time, off campus SUNY law students will have an estimated, total COA of $62,894 - for the full year. It’s nice to see that the law school pigs are looking out for their students, huh?!?!
Ranking: Based on these prices, you would expect this public school to have a decent reputation, right? Well, according to US “News” & World Report, SUNY Buffalo Law Sewer is rated as the 86th greatest, most remarkable and prestigious law school in the United States. In fact, it shares this “honor” with the following four toilets: Northeastern; RuTTger$-Newark; the University of Kansas; and the University of Tulsa. Their mothers must be very proud.
Employment “Placement” Rate: Let’s take a look at the Employment Summary from the Class of 2012, sent by SUNY Buffalo. There were 209 members of this cohort. Of this figure, 173 attained employment. Of course, this figure also includes non-law positions, part-time jobs, and short-term posts. Since seven grads did not furnish their employment status, the commode’s “placement” rate is 85.6 percent, i.e. 173/202.
By the way, what does it say about a law school - which should be training lawyers - that only 109 grads, out of a class of 209 students, landed full-time, long term jobs “requiring bar passage“?!?! Hell, a total of 88 members of this group ended up working in law firms. A mere 13 of these grads found employment in firms of 101 or more attorneys.
Pathetic Employed at Graduation Rate: When you click on the hyperlink for this fourth tier trash can, you will find the following information:
Employed at graduation: 36.3%
Median private sector starting salary: $53,000
Median public service starting salary: $50,000” [Emphasis mine]
What a truly impressive figure! One wonders why this school isn’t ranked higher. This metric illustrates that this public waste site is a terrible financial decision.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the SUNY Buffalo JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $72,860. Plus, 89 percent of this dung pit’s unfortunate 2012 class took on such toxic debt. Remember, this figure does not include undergraduate debt. It also does not take accrued interest into account.
The Glutted New York Lawyer Job Market: On June 27, 2011, Catherine Rampell’s piece entitled “The Lawyer Surplus, State by State” appeared in the New York Times Economix blog. Her article was based on this report from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. Check out this excerpt:
“In raw numbers, New York has the greatest legal surplus by far.
In 2009, 9,787 people passed the bar exam in the Empire State. The analysts estimated, though, that New York would need only 2,100 new lawyers each year through 2015. That means that if New York keeps minting new lawyers apace, it will continue having an annual surplus of 7,687 lawyers.” [Emphasis mine]
What does that data mean to you, Lemming?! Do you still want to gamble with your future?!?! If your feeble brain cannot comprehend this information, then you truly are a lost cause.
Conclusion: If this is the best law school that you can get into - and you are not from a wealthy family that will pay all of your bills while you are enrolled - then you need to look toward another career path. Do not even consider this filthy, GLUTTED “profession.” You will not be served well by incurring an additional $80K-$120K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a chance to practice law. You need to view law school PRIMARILY, if not strictly, AS AN ECONOMIC DECISION. This choice WILL impact your life for decades. The “professors” and administrators will continue to drive luxury cars, own large suburban homes, and take fancy vacations without YOU committing assisted financial suicide. The pigs and cockroaches are paid up front, in full - while you will be paying for your mistake, with interest, for the next 20-30 years.
Posted by Nando at 7:42 AM
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tamanaha’s Latest Work:
On May 1st, a reader brought the following piece to my attention. Brian Tamanaha, at Washington University of St. Louis, wrote an article entitled “The Failure of Crits and Leftist Law Professors to Defend Progressive Causes.” It appears in the 24th volume of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. Under the section Cost of Attending Law School, page 5 of this PDF, Tamanaha stated:
“Increasing tuition immediately results in rising debt levels for law students, about 90% of whom borrow to finance their legal education. The average debt of private law school graduates went from $70,147 in 2001 to $124,950 in 2011; at public law schools over the same period, average debt increased from $46,499 to $75,728. Debt has been increasing annually by alarming amounts in recent years—at private law schools jumping up from $91,506 (2009), to $106,249 (2010), to $124,950 (2011). And keep in mind that these figures exclude undergraduate debt, which averages around $25,000, and they do not count the interest accrued on debt while in school. On the day they depart law school, the full educational debt carried by law graduates, on average, is greater than the numbers cited above.” [Emphasis mine, and internal citations removed]
Apparently, the quality of “legal education” has improved dramatically from 2001 to 2011, huh?!?! On the 17th page of this file, the author reveals the following about the pigs who comprise the disgusting, vile Society of American Law Teachers:
“More questionably, SALT has taken a strong and unbending stance against a set of initiatives aimed at slowing the rise of tuition. For the past several years, the ABA Standards Review Committee has been considering a number of proposals that would eliminate from accreditation standards any rules requiring tenure and long-term job protection for law professors. The proposals would allow law schools to fill teaching positions more cheaply and with greater flexibility by hiring greater numbers of adjuncts and professors on contract.
SALT has been at the forefront of the fight against these changes.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, these “educators” are truly looking out for their students’ best interests, right?!?!
Public and Private Law School Tuition, 1985-2011:
Tamanaha also cites to this chart, in his law review piece. Take a look at the following figures, from this graph:
Back in 1995, full-time yearly tuition at private law school diploma mills averaged $16,798. In 2000, it had increased to an amount of $21,790. By 2011, this figure had reached $39,184.
In 1995, average in-state, annual full-time tuition at public law schools/toilets was $5,530. Five years later, this number reached $7,790. $omehow, this figure hit $22,116 - by 2011. Now, look at the respective charges for full-time, non-residents: $11,683; $15,683; and $34,865.
Does anyone with an IQ above 70 honestly believe that the “law professor” pigs and cockroaches give a single, solitary droplet of excrement about the students?! The bitches and hags simply want to keep the gravy train running, for as long as possible.
The Weak-Ass Lawyer Job Market:
According to the NALP Class of 2011 National Summary Report, there were 44,495 grads competing for 27,224 jobs “requiring bar passage.” Keep in mind that not all of these were traditional attorney positions. On page 2 of this PDF, you will note that only 17,666 members of this cohort ended up in private law firms; this includes the 1,059 desperate souls who opened solo practices.
Furthermore, at the end of this report - under Job Characteristics by Employer Type - you will see that the lawyer employment outlook is even more pathetic. For instance, 13.1% of all reported jobs were listed as short-term. Plus, 11.8 percent of all positions were part-time. Who wouldn’t want to incur an additional $110K-$180K for such job prospects?!?!
Conclusion: As I have mentioned several times on this blog, “law professors” do not give one damn about the students or recent grads. They are merely a means to an end, i.e. a big-ass paycheck for minimal “work.” The faux liberals simply need to justify their sabbaticals, by promoting their pet political causes. The bastards ostensibly care about “public service” and “providing justice for the disenfranchised.” Yet, for $ome rea$on, the cockroaches do not give a second thought to FINANCIALLY RAPING their students, many of whom come from modest backgrounds. In the final analysis, if the “educator” pigs must continue to scam their students - in order to rake in handsome salaries - then they will GLADLY do so. Remember, we are dealing with “men” and “women” who have no integrity and no conscience. These are the same Boomer pigs who protested the Vietnam War and sometimes left the country, when they were of draft age - but now remain silent on - or support - current conflicts.
Posted by Nando at 5:23 AM
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Another Suit Survives a Motion to Dismiss:
On April 27, 2013, the News-Journal published a Nichole Dobo story entitled “Widener law school grads cry fraud.” Check out the excerpts below:
“Dozens of law programs across the country have dealt with similar suits filed by graduates who say they were misled by the schools’ inflated job placement statistics. Many of the suits have been rejected.
Cases against several of the law schools, including DePaul University in Illinois and Brooklyn School of Law in New York, have been dismissed in early stages by judges. A few cases in California courts are still working their way through the judicial system.
The Widener suit is one of the few that have survived challenges. In late March, U.S. District Judge William H. Walls denied a request to dismiss the case against Widener, signaling he believes the claims are plausible enough to let a jury or fact-finder hear its merits.” [Emphasis mine]
By the way, make sure that you are not eating or drinking anything right now. If you are, and you read the next two paragraphs, you may end up choking. The law school pigs would not be at fault, of course.
“In a statement, Widener defends its ability to place graduates in jobs, and stands behind the employment statistics it publishes.
“Our students have consistently proven to be competitive in the marketplace in finding jobs, despite the nation’s continuing economic struggles,” the university said in a statement.” [Emphasis mine]
Fourth Tier Widener’s Most Recent Job Placement Stats:
I recognize that the former students did not rely on these placement figures. However, the commode allegedly stands behinds it employment stats. Keep in mind that this trash pit has two campuses.
The Harrisburg location had 122 total grads, for the Class of 2012. Employment status was unknown for 14 of these JDs. A total of 91 students landed jobs within nine months of graduation, for a placement rate of 84.3%, i.e. 91/108.
After you click on the Delaware tab, you will see that 269 desperate souls graduated from this campus in 2012. Of this amount, 16 did not provide employment status. According to this employment report, 216 grads found work within nine months of receiving their TTTT law degrees. This equates to 85.4 percent, i.e. 216/253.
Now enter the Combined tab. Note the following:
“Based on survey respondents, graduates of the Class of 2012 had a 92% employment/advanced degree program participation rate. This rate includes full and part time legal, law-related and non-legal positions as well as advanced degree program participation within nine months of graduation.
Calculation method: (employed + advanced degree) / (Total graduates) - (unknown + not seeking work)” [Emphasis in original]
If the ABA-accredited dung heap based the number on the following formula: (employed) / (total graduates) – (unknown), then the combined “placement” rate would have been 85.04 percent, i.e. 307/361. After all, the four grads seeking an advanced degree are not employed. In fact, they are incurring additional student debt – and are most likely not working. Furthermore, those who have not found gainful employment - but are not currently looking – are still unemployed! It’s nice to see that the law school cockroaches are standing behind their employment stats, even if they are hunched over in the corner – while trying to avoid the light.
Widener’s Pathetic Employed at Graduation Rate:
When you click on the hyperlink to Fourth Tier Trash Pit Widener Univer$iTTTTy Sewer of Law, US “News” & World Report provides the following info:
Employed at graduation: 18.1%” [Emphasis mine]
For $ome rea$on, the toilet does not tout this amazing number on its website.
Average Law Student Indebtedness:
USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Widener JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $123,071. Hell, 91 percent of this dung pit’s unfortunate 2012 class took on such toxic debt. Remember, this figure does not include undergraduate debt. It also does not take accrued interest into account.
Conclusion: Widener “University” Sewer of Law is a foul, malodorous pile of toxic waste. Apparently, law grads are “placed” in jobs, even if the JD returns to his prior line of work – or is selling insurance. However, he is only considered unemployed if he is looking for a job and is not pursuing an advanced degree. What a great $y$tem, huh?!?! The pigs were able to add a full six percentage points to the actual, nine-month employment rate for the Class of 2012 – with their trickery. Plus, we all know that plenty of those who did not furnish their job status to the commode were unemployed.
Posted by Nando at 5:10 AM
Monday, May 6, 2013
Thanks for Ignoring the Warning:
Nearly three years ago, on August 25, 2010, I warned you about this stupid venture. In the closing paragraph of that entry, I specifically stated: “if you are not from a wealthy family AND are not strongly connected to the legal industry, DROP OUT OF LAW SCHOOL AFTER FIRST SEMESTER IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE TOP 5%-10% OF YOUR CLASS.”
Ninety percent of you dolts did not land in the top decile of your cohort. But you feel that you are a “special snowflake.” So the odds don’t apply to you, right?!?! Evidently, you are immune to reality.
David Segal’s NYT Piece, Published on January 8, 2011:
Since you have enrolled, articles about the law school scam have appeared in several major publications. The strongest piece was printed in the New York Times, on page one of the Sunday Business section. David Segal authored an epic story entitled “Is Law School a Losing Game?” It appeared online the night before, and has since been cited countless times. I am sure that many of you saw and read this stinging indictment against U.S. law schools. Check out this excerpt:
“In reality, and based on every other source of information, Mr. Wallerstein and a generation of J.D.’s face the grimmest job market in decades. Since 2008, some 15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs at large firms have vanished, according to a Northwestern Law study. Associates have been laid off, partners nudged out the door and recruitment programs have been scaled back or eliminated.
And with corporations scrutinizing their legal expenses as never before, more entry-level legal work is now outsourced to contract temporary employees, both in the United States and in countries like India. It’s common to hear lawyers fret about the sort of tectonic shift that crushed the domestic steel industry decades ago.” [Emphasis mine]
Let’s look at the timeline. If you enrolled in an ABA-accredited diploma mill in Fall 2010, then you had just completed your first semester of “legal studies” when Segal’s piece was published. You had ample time to drop out before the start of the second semester. Even if all of your grades had not been submitted, you had certainly received some of them. When it became obvious that your ass was not going to be in the top ten percent of your class, you should have been prudent - and dropped out immediately.
Law Lemming Pathology:
On May 25, 2012, Paul Campos provided a breakdown of a lemming’s psychology, in his entry “Special Snowflake Syndrome and the spirit of capitalism.” The author points out a Top Law Schools thread, where a tool from California will choose between HofStTTra and Cal We$TTTTern. Take a look at this excerpt:
“Veteran TLS commenters will be sure to inform this misguided soul that attending Hofstra at sticker or Cal Western with a $15K per year "scholarship" (really a cross-subsidized tuition discount) is a horrible idea under almost any possible circumstance. The original poster may well then resist this advice, by making some combination of the following claims:
(1) I plan to work exceptionally hard in law school and finish in the top 10% of my class.
(2) After killing it in my first year I will transfer to a much better school.
(3) I have met several very successful lawyers who graduated from Hofstra/Cal Western.
(4) If I'm only making $50K a year as a lawyer after I graduate I can go into this government debt forgiveness program that I've heard about, and after all $50K is just a starting salary.
(5) There are a bunch of special circumstances about me that make my situation different from those of most people who have my entrance stats.
In other words, statistical extrapolation doesn't really apply in my case, because I'm not a statistic.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: In the end, most of you willingly chose to ignore the advice of recent law grads, younger attorneys, the Bureau of Labor Statistics job outlook for lawyers, NALP employment summary reports, common sense, etc. Now, you are strapped down with $110K-$180K in additional, NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - because of your foolish decision. The fact remains that Congre$$pig$ will not bite the corporate bankster hands that feed them. Hell, even Dick Durbin - as a sitting U.$. senator - admitted that “the banks own the place.” Your student loans will not be dischargeable in your lifetime.
Before you enrolled in law school, you were aware of the burdens of student debt. You also chose not to read the David Segal piece, “Is Law School a Losing Game?” The New York Times also ran Segal’s follow-up series on “legal education.” When you did not land a summer internship after your first year, you should have realized that law school was not for you. Now, if you are “lucky,” you will end up practicing toilet law. Yes, who doesn’t want to take on crushing debt, for a chance to represent broke-ass, fundamentally dishonest clients?!?!
Posted by Nando at 8:13 AM
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
State Bar Issues Warning to Prospective Law Students:
The state bar association published a document entitled “Thinking Of Going To Law School?” This report got straight to the point:
“Before you go any further, you need to make a realistic assessment by honestly answering three questions below. If you can’t give an honest answer then you really don’t need to continue on this page.
1. Why do you want to go to law school?
2. Can you afford law school?
3. Do you really want to be a lawyer?
We cannot stress enough that the answer to Q2 is critically important. Becoming a lawyer usually takes seven years of full-time study after high school—four years of undergraduate study in college, followed by three years of law school. Essentially, you will be losing at least three years of potential earnings while you are in law school and the debt you will incur is likely to exceed $100,000 according to some estimates.” [Emphasis mine]
Now scroll down to the section header “Summary Report Survey Of New Admittees Regarding Law Student Debt And Post Law School Employment.” Look at the following excerpts:
“Every year, law students embark on a three-year course of study that will prepare them for a rewarding profession. Unfortunately, this course of study will also leave many of them with a considerable amount of student loan and other indebtedness at the end of their three-year education. It is increasingly common for law graduates to owe $100,000, $150,000 or more by the time they complete their education and prepare to face the last hurdle which separates them from a legal career – the bar exam.” [Emphasis mine]
That is one hell of a price to pay, for the chance to sit for a bar exam. Imagine if a car dealer charged you $10,000 for a test drive. How would you respond?
“What are my chances of getting hired after graduation?
Job hunting is always competitive because approximately 800 new lawyers are licensed in Alabama each year. Opportunities vary from area to area, with the most attractive openings having many applicants.” [Emphasis in original]
Immense debt plus weak-ass job prospects amount to a miserable combination, for students and recent grads. Those with an IQs above 70 will immediately recognize that the odds do not justify the massive debt.
Coverage of the Report:
On March 8, 2013, attorney Keith Lee posted an Associate’s Mind entry labeled “Which State Bar is Discouraging People From Going to Law School?” Check out his conclusion:
“[I]t speaks volumes that that the ASB is willing to step up and publicly speak out on this issue and the “new reality” facing young lawyers. Especially when so many other Bars seem as though they would just as soon ignore the problem.
If the State Bar in a small market like Alabama can speak out on the issue – why can’t everyone else?” [Emphasis mine]
The Lawyer Glut in Alabama:
Catherine Rampell’s piece “The Lawyer Surplus, State by State” appeared in the New York Times Economix blog, on June 27, 2011. Look at the following numbers for the state of Alabama, furnished by Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.:
“2010-2015 Estimated Annual Openings: 295
2009 Bar Exam Passers: 455
If the Alabama $tate Bar is correct in its statement that roughly 800 new attorneys are licensed each year in the state, then the level of lawyer over-saturation is far greater. Yes, that is a great recipe for recent graduates, huh?!?! Keep in mind that there are only three ABA-accredited trash pits in Alabama.
Conclusion: It is refreshing to see a state bar association admit that the job market is glutted. Of course, at this point in time, only waterheads and ball-less shills would argue that this is not the case. Furthermore, the organization stressed - several times - the insane cost of a “legal education.” In the end, you do not need to incur an additional $100K-$150K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a chance to practice law. Specifically, the report mentioned that “approximately two-third of Alabama lawyers practice” in firms with one to five attorneys. Why in the hell would you choose to take on such stifling debt, for the “opportunity” to enter toilet law?!
Posted by Nando at 6:24 AM
Friday, April 26, 2013
TTTT Smells of Desperation: Fourth Tier Trash Pit Florida Coastal to Offer Partial Refunds to Students
The Florida Times-Union published a Kristopher J. Brooks piece entitled “Florida Coastal may refund students money under new program.” Check out this opening:
“Leaders at Florida Coastal School of Law are confident they can train students to get legal jobs. So confident that now they’re willing to put money on it.
Under a new program starting this fall, the Jacksonville law school will refund students a portion of their tuition. If a student flunks out after year one or can’t pass the bar on their second try, the school will refund $10,000 of the $40,000 annual tuition. During the three years of school, if a student does not land an internship, Florida Coastal will refund $2,000.
There’s a catch.
Students must be full-time in order to enroll and they must adhere to a long list of stipulations.” [Emphasis mine]
The pigs are simply trying to attract more applicants and students. After all, fewer people are taking the LSAT and applying to ABA-accredited rat holes. Later on, the article notes:
“C. Peter Goplerud, the school’s dean, said the program is a good marketing tool in what has become a competitive push for a declining number of students interested in law school. Goplerud said hopes to never give back a dime. However, recent numbers from the school suggest Florida Coastal will be sending out refunds when the program premiers.
From 2008 and 2012, there were 330 Florida Coastal students who graduated, but didn’t pass the Florida bar exam. In that same time period, anywhere from 40 to 60 students dropped out in their first year.
As a sample, in 2011-12, Florida Coastal had 84 students who flunked out after one year." [Emphasis mine]
Don’t be surprised if this steaming pile of excrement resorts to softening the forced curve. Remember, these “educators” and administrators have NO INTEGRITY. If the choice is between flunking out first year law students or paying each one $10K, then you can bet your ass the school will make every effort to ensure that the marks make it to the second year.
Full-time law students at Florida Coa$TTTTal will be charged $39,465 in tuition and fees, for the 2012-2013 academic year. For $ome rea$on, the bitches and hags listed these outrageous charges on a per semester basis. At least, students enrolled on a part-time basis will only be financially raped at the rate of $31,949 in tuition and fees, for 2012-2013.
Once again, Bob Morse and US “News” & World Report list Florida Coastal School of Law as a fourth tier trash pit. Yes, this rating certainly justifies the big-ass tuition charges, right?!?!
Pathetic Legal Placement Rate for the Class of 2012:
On April 10, 2013, Dan Filler posted a Faculty Lounge entry labeled “New Law School Rankings: Employment Data Cleaned Of School Funded Jobs.” Take a look at this preamble:
“I've taken the same data that Gary Rosin used in this post (which ranked schools by percentage employed in full-time, long-term jobs requiring a JD) and cleaned the list...by excluding all such positions that were funded by the law school.”
The placement figures are based on each diploma mill’s Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report. As the chart header notes, the jobs only include JD Required, Full-Time, Long Term Minus Law School Funded positions.
Out of the 201 schools listed - including the three trash heaps in Puerto Rico - Florida Coa$TTTTal Sewer of Law was ranked 185th in job placement! According to the graph, only 35.88 percent of the commode’s Class of 2012 landed full-time, long term positions requiring a JD, when law school-funded jobs are removed.
Average Law Student Indebtedness:
USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Florida Coa$TTTTal JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $143,111. Plus, 92 percent of this garbage heap’s unfortunate 2012 class took on such foul debt. Remember, this figure does not include undergraduate debt. It also does not take accrued interest into account.
Conclusion: This is a meaningless gesture by the pigs and cockroaches at Florida Coastal Sewer of Law. The school has an embarrassingly low legal placement rate. However, the commode will likely be able to set up most of its students with internships. Furthermore, a refund of $2,000 - to a student who incurred an additional $155K-$175K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - is chump change. Hell, that is a slap in the face.
If a graduate is unable to pass the bar exam on the second attempt, the cesspool will offer a $10,000 refund. Again, the student has taken on mortgage sized amounts of additional student debt - for a TTTT law degree. If he has failed the bar exam twice, then he would likely have spent an extra $5K-$10K in bar prep courses and state bar application fees. Plus, if the JD has chosen to forgo non-legal work, in order to devote more time to studying for the test, then he has pissed away well more than $10,000 in “opportunity costs.”
Posted by Nando at 6:51 AM
Monday, April 22, 2013
Morse Continues His Duplicity:
As you can see, Pussy Bob Morse is up to his old tricks. The ass-wipe published a USN&WR piece on April 11, 2013, with the headline “Which Law Schools’ Grads Get the Most Judicial Clerkships?” Check out the following excerpt:
“Judges at federal, state and local levels say that their clerks play a very important role in their chambers. Judicial clerkships are highly coveted by law school graduates since they have such important career implications. Federal clerkships are the hardest to get, but can be very rewarding for one's legal career.”
The cockroach even provided separate, “exclusive” ratings lists for federal and state/local judicial placements. He is really looking out for the students’ interests, right?!?! Now take a look at this concluding paragraph:
“At the state and local level clerkship rankings, the law school at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—Camden came out on top, with 38.7 percent holding clerkships. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—Newark came in a close second with 37.6 percent, and Seton Hall University, also in New Jersey, came in No. 3.”
This portion is very telling. It cements the fact that state and local clerkship positions are not prestigious. Unless, of course, you feel or believe that clerking in traffic court is going to lead to a prosperous career.
This list is deceptive, because it bases the clerkship placement figures on the employed segment of a school's 2011 graduating class. We will take an example to illustrate how the metric distorts the job outlook for recent grads.
Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law:
I will use this first tier sewage pit, to highlight Morse’s TTT methodology. I profiled this commode in my prior entry. Plus, some shill brought this list to my attention, in trying to deflect criticism about the toilet’s overall weak-ass employment placement rate for the Class of 2012.
For the figures below, I am relying on the document labeled “Washington and Lee University School of Law Employment Data 9 Months After Graduation.” This chart lists employment placement statistics for the following law classes: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
According to this page, the Washington and Lee JD Class of 2011 had 129 graduates. Of this figure, 116 were “employed or seeking advanced degree.” However, you will see that three members of this cohort were pursuing a graduate degree. Under Employment Types of Employed Graduates 9 Months After Graduation, you will note that 23 members of the Class of 2011 landed clerkship posts. Eleven grads were placed in federal spots, while 12 were placed in state or local courts.
Here are the numbers I ran, which correlate to Morse’s findings:
Percentage of employed grads in federal clerkships: 9.7 percent, i.e. 11/113
Percentage of employed grads in state or local posts: 10.6 percent, i.e. 12/113
Overall percentage of employed JDs in clerkships: 20.35 percent, i.e. 23/113
If the numbers were BASED ON THE ENTIRE GRADUATING CLASS, then these would be the figures for Wa$hington and Lee Univer$ity $chool of Law:
Percentage of grads in federal clerkships: 8.5 percent, i.e. 11/129
Percentage of grads in state or local posts: 9.3 percent, i.e. 12/129
Overall percentage of JDs in clerkships: 17.8 percent, i.e. 23/129 2012
Figures for Washington and Lee SOL, Using Morse’s Formula:
We will now look at the Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law Class of 2012. There were 130 graduates, from this cohort. Of that amount, only 89 were employed within nine months of receiving their JDs. Since Bob Morse based his 2011 figures off of "employed" graduates, here is how the Class of 2012 results would be calculated by the sewer rat:
Percentage of employed grads in federal clerkships: 6.7 percent, i.e. 6/89
Percentage of employed grads in state or local posts: 13.5 percent, i.e. 12/89
Overall percentage of employed JDs in clerkships: 20.2 percent, i.e. 18/89
Notice that the overall number would not differ much, from the 2011 figure of 20.35 percent – even though the OVERALL employment placement rate was MUCH LOWER for the Class of 2012. Here is how the numbers would look, for the Washington and Lee JD Class of 2012, if Morse based his results on the entire graduating class – and not merely those who were employed at the nine month mark:
Percentage of class in federal clerkships: 4.6 percent, i.e. 6/130
Percentage of class in state or local posts: 9.2 percent, i.e. 12/130
Overall percentage of class in clerkships: 13.8 percent, i.e. 18/130
Anyone with an IQ above room temperature can clearly see the difference in outcomes and clerkship prospects.
Now, an Accurate 2012 Placement Rate for Washington and Lee SOL:
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 diploma mill’s Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report. An anonymous poster furnished this link on my last profile. As the chart header makes clear, the figures pertain to JD Required positions that are full-time, long term - and exclude law school funded jobs. Under these measures, Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law is ranked 135th best in job placement. For $ome rea$on, Vagina Bob Morse has rated this commode as the 26th greatest law school in the nation.
Conclusion: In sum, if a school has a low overall nine-month "placement" rate, it could still appear on Morse's list - as long as the percentage of clerks is relatively high in comparison to the amount of employed graduates. Furthermore, schools with smaller graduating class sizes can benefit greatly under Morse’s dishonest metric. Remember, Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law had a total of 129 total JDs, in its Class of 2011. If the bitch was interested in providing accurate numbers, then he would base his results on the entire class size - and he also would not publish such misleading headlines.
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