Tuition and Fees: To attend this commode, a full-time student will pay $1,260 per credit hour for the 2009-2010 academic year. Seeing that most law schools require 90 credits for graduation, it seems that this would come out to roughly $37,800 for the current school year, i.e. 30 * $1,260.
Also, take a look at the fees. A locker fee of $15 per year?! I understand that this fee is optional, but come on. Those lockers are not worth $15 a piece. Even Third Tier Drake only charged us $10 to rent a locker, and I got my money back after I returned the lock. I also just love the Loan Repayment Assistance Fee. Also look at the diploma handling fee for in absentia graduates. So, if one (understandably) wants to skip out on the graduation ceremony from this fesTTTTering toilet – and avoid the $40 cap and gown rental fee – he will still get charged a $5 fee.
We can see that US News & World Report lists The John Marshall Law School firmly in the illustrious fourth tier of American law schools! (I am sure John Marshall is rolling over in his grave – he also has a provisionally-accredited law school named after him in Atlanta!!) And look – apparently full-time enrollment at this fourth tier piece of trash is 1000!
Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: This school asserts that within one year of graduation, 100 percent of its Class of 2006 was employed. Yes, this fourth tier piece of trash has the audacity to claim that 100% placement for its 348 members of the Class of 2006!! The school even has a purported breakdown of how the Class of 2006 found their jobs.
Yeah, sure 100 percent of the Class of 2006 was employed within one year of graduation – if you count the following professions: shipping and receiving; stocking shelves at a Big box retailer; sales associate; “people greeter”; fast food window operator; nightclub bouncer; online gambling; city bus driver; beer vendor at Wrigley Field; etc.
We see the (alleged) salary range was $24K-$240K for the graduating class listed above. The average starting salary was also listed as $71,103 – with the median listed as $$60,500. Of course, for self-employed attorneys, i.e. sole practitioners, no average or median salary was listed! Could it be that those figures would have brought down the overall average salary?!
“But look how well our students have placed in moot court competitions!” Well, unfortunately, employers do not care that you placed fifth in the Pepperdine University National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition. Surprisingly, employers also do not care that you were an “octofinalist” at the (regional) Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. Simply put, legal and non-legal employers do not care how well you or your team placed at these BS competitions.
In the last analysis, this school puts out deceptive employment and starting salary figures, in order to justify the high cost of tuition at this fourth tier trash can. The general premise? “Sure, we’re not Northwestern or University of Chicago, but you can come here, get a quality education that will (somehow) prepare you for practice, and land a good-paying job upon graduation.”
Well, this simply is not the case. You WILL be competing directly against students and graduates from MUCH better law schools in your own city – even for "lowly" city jobs. Law is a prestige-obsessed industry. Where you went to school does matter to potential legal employers. You could easily land $180,000 in the hole by attending this school. This is a mortgage you CANNOT walk away from. Also, many employers will not be interested in your “credential” – in the slightest. They want someone with a better pedigree.
If you want to practice toiletlaw – and represent little people with BIG problems – where you went to school does not necessarily matter. However, you can certainly do so at a much cheaper school. (There is no need to go $180K in non-dischargeable debt to maybe make $35K per year in salary.) Plus, aren’t you interested in making a positive return on your “investment”?