See the pretty pie chart and colorful map of the United States? Good, then you are on the right page. Look at the links on the bottom of the page. The first and third links listed under Salary Information are useless. The first link shows you firms, businesses and government agencies that have hired Toledo JDs. The third link just takes you to info provided by NALP – which relies on schools’ self-reported information. (Kind of like taking a criminal’s word that his dealer buddy is a great guy, and using that as a solid character reference.)
This link purports to show that Class of 2009 Toledo JDs, on average, who were hired as entry-level associates in Columbus firms, were making $81,250. Sure they did. And in the last 30 minutes, Christina Aguilera, Al Pacino, and Jennifer Lopez each called me and invited me to dinner and a Knicks game afterward.
This is simply one more example of a law school shading the facts to prospective students. The school lists the low, average, and high figures for those fortunate few of its last graduating class to land associate jobs - to give the impression to pre-law students that they have a good chance of making this type of money, upon graduation.
I would venture to say that those figures listed under Law Clerk Salary Figures: Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan are more reflective of the typical outcome for Toledo JDs. You can clearly see that the low for private sector clerks was a rate of $11 an hour. For public sector, the low was $10 an hour. So, how many of YOU went to law school so that you could make $10-$11 an hour, and take on massive student loan debt?!?! You can make more than that as an entry-level customer service representative working the phones!! And you don’t need to go $50K-$100K in the hole to do it.
Since we cannot get access to the employment rate - on the school’s website - we must go to another source:
We see that 83.0% of Toledo law grads were employed within nine months of graduation, in 2007!! We also see that as of 2008, the school reportedly has full-time enrollment of 342 students. It also had a healthy dose of part-time students, i.e. 152 students. That would mean that roughly 30.8 percent of students at Toledo’s were attending part-time, i.e. 152/494.
Well, at least this fine, upstanding, outstanding school's law library has its own blog:
What more do you need to confirm that this is a great school? Oh yeah, I almost forgot. This school is in the phenomenal third tier.
Boo-yah!! How’s that for reality?!