Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Drake Law is a Best Buy - According to National Jurist Magazine

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Drake University Law School Named A 'Best Value Law School' By National Jurist

Drake Law School was ranked sixth out of 13 private schools, which were among 52 public universities, in the "Best Bang! for your buck" story.

"It is rewarding to have this outside confirmation that we have achieved both excellence and good value," said Dean Allan Vestal.

I am glad you received this outside confirmation, Allan. Too bad this reads more like a paid advertisement.

For its 2009 best value ranking, The National Jurist identified 65 law schools that carry a relatively low price tag and "are able to prepare their students incredibly well for today's competitive job market."

Guess what, Allan? I now have a job that DOES NOT REQUIRE A LAW DEGREE! And I found this job with NO HELP from Career Development Office (even after the CDO told me that they would help me find a job in the region of the country I was looking at). What is one more broken promise?

The schools were then ranked with greatest weight to tuition followed by employment statistics.

The National Jurist is simply a trade association shill. I have stated this before on this blog. The magazine would promote the delicious taste of dog food, if the industry paid it enough to do so. That being said, let’s take a look at the list. Look at the criteria. For private schools, like Drake, the cost must be less than $30,000 per year. What a great deal, huh? Yes, paying $30,000 for a JD from a third or fourth tier law school is “a relatively low price tag.” If this is the case, then it is merely a symptom of over-priced American legal education.

The employment criteria are also bogus: they rely on self-reporting. There are no outside audits by an independent firm or agency. The law schools have a vested interest in reporting positive employment rates and salary info. The fact that the ABA does not move for independent audits of employment and salary info shows conclusively that the ABA does not give a damn about prospective law students. And this is especially the case for those who attend TTTs.



    this your blog, too? I found it through JD Underground.

  2. aj, that blog is not mine. I ran across it and posted it on JDU, because I wanted others to see how many beginning first years have swallowed the law school bait hook, line, and sinker.

    I still run across Drake grads who are unemployed with huge debt who will defend this institution to the death, i.e. "I received a great education and I learned valuable skills such as discovery." (Call me crazy, but it would be nice to be able to apply those skills in a paid capacity, wouldn't it?)

    I graduated from Drake Law School - this Adam kid is in his first year there. I know there are third years who are still blind to the realities of TTTs.

  3. You're doing a great job, Nando. Accurate employment statistics are the one thing law schools can proactively provide to mitigate this mess. Hopefully it happens at some point.

  4. If you did land a high paying job out of school would you give Drake the same amount credit as you give it blame for not getting a job?


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