Hiram Chodosh, the dean at the University of Utah’s College of Law makes $388,545 in his role. Yes, you read that correctly. The dean at the 42nd greatest, most fantastic law school in the United States – as ranked by U.S. News &World Report – made THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY-EIGHT THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIVE DOLLARS last fiscal year. This public law school is located in a city with a reasonable standard of living.
According to this listing from USN&WR, there are only 381 students enrolled full-time at the law school.
In contrast, according to this document, the University of Utah offers over 100 undergraduate programs and 90 graduate programs to over 29,000 students. As of Fall 2009, the total enrollment was 29,284 – with 22,149 undergrads and 7,135 graduate students. This is a major research university, which features the only medical school in the state of Utah.
Yet, the current president of the University of Utah earned $394,319 for the same year. Being the chief administrator at this large public university allows Michael K. Young to earn a mere $5,774 more than the dean of the college of law, which has only 381 full-time students. I am certainly NOT advocating for this “educator” to earn more income; I am simply pointing out that the dean of the college of law essentially earns the same amount as the university president. On top of this, the university president teaches a course at the law school.
Associate Dean for Admission and Financial Aid Reyes Aguilar makes $110,558.
“He received a B.A. in political science from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from the U of U. He assumed his present duties in 1992, shortly following graduation. Of his job at the law school, Aguilar says he particularly enjoys the variety of constituent groups he works with, the cyclical nature of the process, and university environment.”
Apparently, he has never had to find a real job since entering law school. Oh well, at least Reyes enjoys the academic environment, right? And that is what counts.
“In addition, he has recently been appointed by the American Bar Association to an on-site inspection team for the provisional accreditation review of law schools.”
Remember this fact, if you decide to defend this man’s role in the law school industrial complex. According to NALP, there were 44,000 JDs for the Class of 2009, and only 28,901 jobs requiring bar passage. And Reyes wants to help the ABA add more law schools?!?! Reyes, make sure that the sites you visit have the following items: couches; several bookshelves; running water; a toilet; a few computers; some printers; and a fax machine. (After all, we don’t want the ABA to lower its “standards” for accreditation.)
Check out my letter to these two men, questioning the suspiciously high employment and starting salary figures on their law school fair recruiting materials.
Here is their response to my email, where they informed me that this was an “inadvertent error” on their part. OF COURSE IT WAS!! What else could explain such a great disparity between the published numbers and the real figures?!?! For $ome rea$on, the “errors” always favor the institution.
Here is the school’s list of faculty. Now, head over to http://www.utahsright.com/salaries and enter University of Utah with the names of the staff members below – so we can see how well many of the “professors” at the public S.J. Quinney College of Law are doing. Here is a partial listing of “law professors” with their ridiculous, respective salaries:
Robert Adler - $188,924; Paul Cassell - $174,441; Lincoln Davies - $140,057; Robert Flores - $123,189; Leslie Francis - $161,588; Erika George - $142,214; Amos Guiora - $196,872; James Holbrook - $232,297; Christian Johnson - $151,512; Robert Keiter - $263,025; Laura Kessler – 143,418; Terry Kogan - $174,834; Thomas Lund - $170,505; “presidential professor” Chibli Mallat - $295,482; John Martinez - $166,000; Scott Matheson, Jr. – $181,637; Wayne McCormack - $198,468; Nancy McLaughlin - $160,433; Daniel Medwed - $135,952; Christopher Peterson - $158,028; from the law library, Rita Reusch - $158,000; Alexander Skibine - $163,919; Linda Smith - $158,960; Debora Threedy - $181,019; Amy Wildermouth - $145,318; “assistant professor” William McDonnell - $141,096; Harris Sondak - $199,150.
WHO SAYS HIGHER EDUCATION DOESN’T PAY OFF?! It pays off handsomely for the “law professors”. Remember, the law schools get paid up front with federally-backed student loans. They DO NOT care what happens to the average graduate. Paying off those NON-DISCHARGEABLE loans for the next 30 years is your concern – NOT theirs.
Do any of the law school industry apologist cockroaches want to argue that “law professors” – especially those at public schools – are worth these hefty salaries? Is there a reason why the taxpayers should be paying people who teach legal theory at state schools these amounts?!