This list shows the names and locations of eleven proposed law schools, in the United States. Because we need MORE law schools so badly, right?!?!
Look at the fee for an Application for Provisional Approval (each application): $26,000. If you are planning on opening a law school and seek a full-site evaluation, the ABA will be happy to relieve you of $12,000. Limited site evaluation? No problem! Just write out a check to the ABA in the amount of $6000.
What about schools that buy up existing, non-accredited law schools? Do they get a discount on full-site evaluation? I wouldn’t count on it.
If the average school’s full-time enrollment is in the middle range, the ABA would be raking in about $1,238,000 annually – just from those schools that are already fully-accredited.
Remember, the NALP noted that there were 43,587 JDs pumped out in 2008. For the same year, the ABA lists 43,588 new law graduates. Do we really need ten or eleven more law schools? Do the math.
The ABA continues to accredit or provisionally approve more law schools, because it can make some money off this scheme. And new law schools figure that they will break even by their third year of operation.
Plus, this is a drop in the bucket for many law schools. Just look at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, TN. It exceeded its $12 million fundraising goal by $547,000 (thank you Angel, for your entry on this).
The schools also don’t care that many of their graduates will never practice law, or be able to repay their student loans. Remember, the schools charge for their services up front. Just like hookers do. But, the schools won’t leave their customers quite as satisfied.