Tuition: A full-time student at this law school will pay $46,224 in tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year - plus $570 in student fees. That is a hell of a lot of money to pay for one year’s tuition. In fact, that is on par with true heavyweights such as Columbia, which charges $48,648 in tuition for the upcoming school year and Yale Law School, which charges its students $48,500 in tuition for the 2010-2011 school year. (Employers also don’t laugh when they receive a resume from those JDs.) Oh well, at least part-time Carbozo students only pay $30,816 in tuition for the same academic year.
Total Cost of Attendance: Room, board, books, transportation, health insurance, loan fees and miscellaneous expenses are projected to add another $24,459 to the annual bill. This would bring the estimated total COA for a full-time student - for a single damn year at this school - to a mind-boggling $71,253!! After all, who doesn’t have $210K or so to drop down for the pursuit of a law degree, right?!?!
Ranking: This sewer is ranked as the 52nd best law school in the country, by U.S. News & World Report. This means that the school actually has a somewhat decent reputation, unlike most of the dumps featured on this blog. The BIG problem, however, is that Carbozo students and graduates are competing for jobs DIRECTLY with their counterparts from Columbia, NYU and Cornell. Even those not seeking Biglaw will find themselves competing against JDs from this school - as well as those from Harvard, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania.
Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: For the Class of 2009, the school claims a placement rate of 91.5 percent - within 9 months of graduation. The Office of Career Services also asserts that 76.3% of this graduating class was “employed at graduation.” (And people don’t think Bozo is funny.)
“As the charts below reflect, Cardozo graduates are very successful in finding employment in their practice areas of interest, both in the private and public sectors. Of the 63.97% of the class who entered private practice, 55.8% are working at firms of 101 attorneys or more.”
Look at the figures published for Cardozo JDs working in law firms. The school lists a median salary of $160K and an average salary of $120K. The school also notes that 63.97% of this graduating class is employed in law firms. There is a footnote, stating that “91.05% of those working in law firms reported salary information.”
Notice the HUGE drop in salary for those Cardozo JDs working in government, business, public interest, and judicial clerkships. “But, hey, 63.97 percent of the JDs from our Class of 2009 are working in law firms!”
The school also touts that 80.81 percent of all employed students from this class reported salary information. What about the 19.19% who did not report their salary? I know! Maybe those graduates were too embarrassed to report their $230K salaries to the school. After all, they wouldn’t want to make their colleagues and former classmates who are only making $160K to feel bad, right?!?!
What is upsetting is that the school attracts solid applicants and top students, yet these numbers raise false hopes. How many Biglaw firms are taking on summer associates and extending offers to JDs?
The American Lawyer reports that summer hiring was down 44 percent for summer 2010. Cravath reports an 81 percent decline, from 123 summer hires firmwide in 2009 to 23 summer hired firmwide in 2010. Pillsbury Winthrop summer hires are down 67 percent, from 51 positions in 2009 to 17 this summer. Skadden has decreased it summer hiring by 65 percent, down from 223 hires in 2009 to 79 hires in 2010.
But, 55.8% of Carbozo’s Class of 2009 - those who reported their salary, anyway - was employed in a law firm of 101+ lawyers. Maybe, clowns are immune to such cutbacks.
Lastly, the school is known for its Innocence Project, which actually is a commendable clinical program. However, as JJD pointed out on her blog, Cardozo has not hired so much as ONE of its own graduates to work as an attorney on the Innocence Project. Seven staff attorneys, one managing attorney and two co-directors and not a single one earned a JD from Cardozo. Good research, JJD!
Here is the link. You can confirm that the Project has no Cardozo law grads working as attorneys. That should tell you what the school thinks of its own graduates. Why not hire a scrappy lawyer from a place such as Cardozo, when dealing with how to get wrongly-convicted people off of death row?!
The total cost of attendance for this sewer of law exceeds $210,000 and the school does not want its own graduates touching its famed Innocence Project?!?! If you decide to attend this piece of trash, the joke is on you!