“PURPOSE: The primary purpose of Barry University, as stated in the Charter, is to offer its students a quality education. Furthermore, Barry University commits itself to assuring a religious dimension and to providing community service and presence within a more caring environment.”
Tuition: Yeah, this school cares so much about fostering a sense of community service in its students that it only charges them $32,650, in full-time tuition, for the 2010-2011 school year. Part-time law students at Barry University Sewer of Law only pay $24,640 for the same academic year. I guess the school feels that the best way for lawyers to represent poor people is for them to be in the same economic bracket as their clients.
Total Cost of Attendance: This festering stink pit is nice enough to provide estimated living expenses – for the 2008-2009 academic year! They estimate that room/board, books, personal and transportation costs will add another $24,150 (in 2008-2009) to the tab. Hell, if the cost of living has not gone up in Orlando over the last two years, that would still bring the total COA for a full-time law student at Barry to $56,800 for a single school year.
Ranking: Surely, the school’s reputation will make up for the high cost of attendance right? What’s that you say? Barry Univer$iTTTTy $chool of Law is in fourth tier wasteland?! Damn! Well, maybe it will float up to the third tier, when USN&WR’s law school rankings come out next year.
Employment and Salary Figures: Look at the extent of the info provided by Barry’s Career Services Office. I guess you can only expect so much, if you are spending a mere $32,650 on a single year of “legal education.”
“Career Services maintains an extensive online database, which contains job postings, fellowship and internship opportunities, resume and cover letter writing guides and samples, salary information, links to career-related websites, and various other resources.
The CSO library, located in our office suite, is available to students and contains a wide variety of publications and resource materials on career issues and self-assessment, alternative career paths, interviewing techniques and many other subjects. In addition, we maintain a number of directories listing attorneys, firms, corporate counsel, and public interest and governmental organizations. The library also houses a computer, printer and fax machine for student use, at no charge if directly related to job searching.”
No placement figures or info on starting salary for recent graduates. Wow! The law school houses a computer, printer and fax machine for student use in finding employment. It even maintains a number of directories. I’ll bet they even have running water and restrooms. This MUST be a prominent law school, after all!
Well, at least you can take part in the toilet’s “Center for Earth Jurisprudence”, where you can take on climate change and “support the well-being of the entire Earth community.”
Conclusion: Barry is an embarrassment to American “legal education”. Of course, that did not stop the racketeer influenced and corrupt organization known as the ABA from approving this dump site as a law school. Save yourself $180K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE student loan debt – plus a lifetime of agony and debt servitude – and pass on this commode. Frankly, if this is the best school you can get into, then you need to keep your job and work towards earning a promotion; you might even want to make some industry contacts. Or, if you ABSOLUTELY must go to law school, then re-take the LSAT and try to get into one of the top public schools in the state.
Do not fall into the following mind trap: “If I never go, I will regret it for the rest of my life.” (Why not tell yourself the same thing if you don’t try out for the NFL or audition for the lead in the next Hollywood blockbuster? Because NFL teams are in desperate need of slow, non-athletic white guys who can run a 6.4 second, 40-yard dash, right? Plus, surely you can sell more movie tickets and popcorn than Robert Downey, Jr. or Bruce Willis.) Listen, you WILL REGRET taking on too much non-dischargeable debt for a worthless law degree that lands you a job as a greeter for Disneyworld. Get the picture?