This TTR profile is LONG overdue. So excuse me while I place a couple of stiff right jabs to the Adam’s apple and mouth, before landing a roundhouse left hook to Brooklyn’s beak.
Tuition: For the 2010-2011 academic year, a full-time student at Crooklyn will pay $46,610 in tuition and fees!! However, part-time students will only be charged $35,040 for the same school year. What a relief, huh?! If you cannot afford to attend this school full-time, you have the option of attending the part-time program.
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance: Under the worst case scenario, i.e. a full-time student living on his own, the total COA will be $69,860. The sewer of law estimates that, under this situation, books, housing, utilities, living expenses, transportation and loan fees will add another $23,250 to the tab. Yes, you read that correctly. A full-time BLS student who lives independently can look forward to paying SIXTY NINE THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY DOLLARS for one year of law school.
Even under the “least-worse” scenario, where a part-time law student lives with family, the total COA is estimated to be $44,020. Such a student could easily rack up $165K in debt over the course of 4 years. Would YOU make this “investment”?
Entering Class Profile: Crooklyn received nearly 6,000 applications, for its 2009 entering class. The truly harrowing part? This entering class is comprised of 496 students, of which 406 are enrolled full-time!! Apparently, New York needs an ADDITIONAL ARMY of new lawyers, right?!?!
Ranking: According to a publication by the name of U.S. News & World Report, Crooklyn is rated as the 67th most outstanding, amazing, fantastic, mesmerizing law school in the United States - in a five-way tie with Kansas, PiTT$burgh, New Mexico, and Vanillanova. Yay!!
Employment Placement Figures: The school claims/asserts a job placement rate of 91.3% for its Class of 2009 - within nine months of graduation, of course. Remember, the law schools do not only consider legal employment, when reaching/creating these figures. This being the case, we should ask the following: How many of these JDs are working the register at Radio Shack? What percentage of graduates from the Crooklyn Class of 2009 is stocking the bar with foreign and domestic drafts at Fourth Avenue Pub? And how many licensed attorneys from this graduating class are checking IDs at B Hive Lounge?
“This year, we received salary information from 71% of our graduates in private practice.”
Starting Salary Statistics: Based off of this “stellar” response rate, the school publishes the following median figures - for those in private practice: $160K for those in firms that are larger than 500 attorneys; the same amount for those in law firms of between 250-500 lawyers; $150K for those Crooklyn JDs hired by firms of 101-250 attorneys; $75K for those hired on at firms of 51-100 lawyers; $66,625 for those in firms of 26-50 lawyers; $65K for those who were taken in by law firms of 11-25 attorneys; and $60K for those hired by firms of 2-10 lawyers.
Apparently, it does not make much difference - in terms of salary - if you get hired by a firm of 50 lawyers, or by one with only 2-10 attorneys on staff! And I guess those stories of Crooklyn grads struggling to pull down $37K are mythical tales, too, right?!?!
Conclusion: Crooklyn is a drastically overpriced second tier sewer. It is located in the HEAVILY OVER-SATURATED NYC legal market. Graduates of this second tier sewer will be competing directly against JDs from the following elite law schools in the geographic area: Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania. How the hell is the average law student at this overpriced dump supposed to compete with that?!
If you are not STRONGLY connected, do not attend this law school - under ANY circumstances. Otherwise, you will be committing financial suicide. If your goal/dream is to work in public interest law, surely you can attend CUNY or SUNY and avoid $210K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE student debt.