Click on the link for the VLS Advantage Brochure PDF on the right-hand side of the screen. Apparently, Villanova has to convince local employers to send reps out to this prestigious second tier law school:
(By the way, look at how USN&WR treads lightly on the fragile egos of law school administrators. Villanova is ranked 61st by the rag – miraculously tied with three other schools- but is still listed as a Tier 1 school. Of course, once you get outside the top 100 law schools, you drop down into TTT land. Surely, law students and attorneys are not this bad at math!)
Are you in the mood for a good fiction story? Good, then head over to this web page, and look at Villanova’s Facts and Stats:
[Note: This should be listed as, Self-Reported Stats, Which Are Not Audited or Verified by a Independent Third Party. Also, by Facts, you mean to say Fabrications, correct?]
Tuition and Fees for the 2009-2010 school year amount to $34,860! (Take a DEEP breath and talk a walk around the block.) When you come back, we can look at living expenses. Oh, wait. The school does not list this on their Stats and Facts page. Perhaps living in Philadelphia is so cheap, the school does not want to give students the impression that it is in Appalachia.
Under Journals, you can see the distinguished Journal of Catholic Social Thought and the equally prominent Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. Yeah!! Employers are always seeking editors and staff of 5th rate legal journals! What’s that you say? Legal employers DO NOT CARE that you were an editor of the esteemed Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal?! Oh, and the U.S. Supremes did not cite to it several times, in the last session?
But the school claims that a JD is a versatile degree that will open up many doors for its students. [Reality check: those doors will ONLY be opened to you, if you have the right family, business, or political connections BEFORE going to law school. Other than that, you MUST excel at school. Or work at Target.]
What about Legal Employment or Career Outcomes? What about Placement Rates or Starting Salary figures? I can only find Externships. (Unpaid, of course.) Actually, you - as a student – are paying for the privilege of doing grunt work in the DA’s Office or Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – whatever the hell that is. And at Villanova, you are paying $34,850 a year for the “experience”.
Hey, we found something – on the bottom of the page. For the Class of 2008, Villanova claims:
95% of students were either employed or pursuing an advanced degree or other goals within 9 months of graduation.
Yeah, sure they were. And 95 percent of the women I have dated had not fully grieved over the end of the relationship within 9 months. Why not claim 100 percent placement? It’s not like the gutless ABA or NALP will verify the info.
Under Career Paths, the school asserts that 56% were in private practice. Does “private practice” include retail; insurance sales; bartender; waitress; fast food drive through operator; etc.? Do your grads get hired on in the following “big firms”: Starbucks, Target, Wal-Mart, AutoZone, Home Depot, and Petsmart? What about the smaller firms, i.e. Devil’s Alley Bar & Grill, McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Club 27, Fluid Nightclub, etc.?
Question: how can the 61st most phenomenal, amazing, dynamic law school in the land NOT provide a better breakdown of career outcomes?!? An oversight, I am sure. It couldn’t possibly be deliberate. I mean, the 61st most prestigious law school in the United States (with three others) MUST have placed several recent graduates in Biglaw, academia, or high-ranking government posts, right?!?!