Tuition: For the 2010-2011 Academic Year, a full-time student at this diploma mill will pay $35,020 in tuition and fees! What’s that you say? You cannot afford to spend $35K a year for a top-notch “legal education”?! Well, you do have the option of attending this wondrous institution of higher learning as a part-time law student – in which case, you will only spend $23,390 in tuition and fees for the same school year.
Total Cost of Attendance: Thought this school was affordable, after all?! Well, throw in room, board, health insurance, transportation, personal/miscellaneous, and loan fees, and you add another $22,466 to the tab. This would bring the total COA – for a single, solitary year of full-time “legal education” at Stetson to $57,486. How does that sound to you?!?!
But that’s not all!! Tell the folks at home how much living expenses for summer will add up to, Johnny! (The school was nice enough to include summer 2010 living expenses, on this same document.) Yes, that’s right – living expenses will add up to another $7,038 for the 2010 summer. That would bring the TOTAL, ACTUAL COA for the 2010-2011 year to a mind-boggling, back-breaking, soul-crushing $64,524.
Ranking: Okay, so the school is not affordable. Surely, the school’s reputation will ensure that you have a decent chance at employment upon graduation, correct?!?! Well, U.S. News & World Report lists Stetson University Commode of Law in the pedestrian third tier of American law schools. Yes, a great feat for which I am sure the law school is VERY proud. At least, it is not in the fourth tier, like 7 of the other Florida law schools, right?! This MUST be great consolation to the unemployed recent $TTTeTTT$on grad.
Employment Placement: According to this $elf-$erving a$$ertion, 96 percent of the commode’s Class of 2008 was employed within 9 months of graduation. Of course, the toilet does not provide any breakdown of the numbers, to back up their claim.
“For the 2008 graduating class, 96 percent of those seeking work reported that they found employment within nine months of graduation.”
Starting Salary Statistics: Click on the “Download Viewbook (PDF)” link – and go to page 26. The school has the unmitigated gall to assert that – for the Class of 2008 – the average starting salary was $87,000, for those in the private sector. (For $ome rea$on, the school does not provide the details or methodology used to reach this figure.) The commode also lists the average starting salary for those JDs – from the same graduating class – working in the public sector, as $45,000. Many JDs from first tier schools cannot land public sector jobs, at this point. Perhaps, they should have attended Stetson instead.
Look on the same page of this PDF. The school also offers its (desperate) students access to…you guessed it…A FAX MACHINE!!!!
“Stetson also offers students a 24-hour resource center stocked with computers, printers, copiers, fax machine and reference library.”
Message from the Dean and Vice President: Dean of the law school, Jim Belushi, a.k.a. Darby Dickerson, offers some meaningless platitudes that will NOT help any of his students find employment.
Wow! As a student at $TTTeTTT$on, you will have an opportunity to write onto the prestigious Journal of International Aging, Law & Policy. With this experience under your belt, “elder law” employers everywhere will be tripping over themselves to hire someone with your fantastic writing skills and brilliant legal analysis.
Conclusion: The Stetson University Commode of Law is an embarrassingly overpriced piece of trash that will strap MOST of its students and graduates with monstrous NON-DISCHARGEABLE student loan debt. Many of these JDs will NOT find gainful employment as attorneys in this lifetime. However, they WILL have the following: (a) shattered dreams; (b) a lifetime of crushing debt; (c) disillusionment; (d) bitterness; (e) shame; (f) misery; and (g) a nice little law degree to hang on their bathroom wall.
Hey, what more could you ask for – at the mere cost of $64,524 per year, right?!?! What other “professional schools” submerge their graduates into the murky waters of MASSIVE student loan debt with no life raft, i.e. meager job prospects?! A student could end up with $195K in student debt by attending this sweltering stink-hole.