Tuition: For the 2010-2011 school year, full-time law students at $TT. John’$ will be charged $44,800 in tuition. Yes, tuition increased by $2,600 from the previous year, for a 6.16% increase. Part-time students will be charged $33,210, for an increase of $1,560 – or a 4.93 percent increase from last year.
Employment Placement: According to this document, 96% of the Class of 2008 was employed within nine months of graduation. Yeah, sure they were – and Jessica Alba broke into my house last night, climbed on top of me, and dug her nails 1/4" into my chest.
“By February 2009, all 276 members of the Class of 2008 reported their employment status to the Office of Career Services. Of these 276 graduates, 241 were employed, and 10 were pursuing post-graduate degrees. The placement rate at nine months after graduation was 96%.” [Emphasis mine]
Actually, 241/276 = .873, which means that roughly 87.3% of the Class of 2008 was employed within nine months of graduation, not 96 percent. Even when you add in the ten JDs who went on to another advanced degree – and presumably count them as “employed” – the job placement rate is 90.9 percent, i.e. 251/276. In order to reach 96 percent, 265 of the 276 students would need to be employed. Next time you cook the books, get the figures right, geniuses.
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Average Indebtedness for Members of the Class of 2009: Thanks to a commenter on this site, we can take a look at the average indebtedness for recent law grads. According to US News, the average indebtedness for $TT. John'$ Univer$iTTy $chool of Law Class of 2009 JDs who incurred law school debt was $107,137!! We can also see that 85 percent of this toilet's graduating class went into debt for law school.
Law School Faculty/Admin Compensation: Head over to page 36 of this PDF. This is the university’s 2009 Form 990. Andrew J. Simons currently “serves” the sewer of law as “vice president emeritus” – whatever the hell that is. In this capacity, he made $333,098 in TOTAL COMPENSATION in 2008. Dean of the commode, Mary C. Daly “earned” $595,459 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for 2008. Yes, the dean of the 72nd best law school in the land made a shade under $600K. Who says “higher education” isn’t a racket?!?!
Conclusion: This school is an overpriced Catholic commode. (because Jesus would charge $44,800 for one year of a TT education, right?!?!) Its graduates will be directly competing for jobs, i.e. those thankless tasks that allow us to pay our bills and living expenses, against JDs from Columbia, Cornell, NYU, and dozens of other law schools in the region.
A student can look forward to taking on $135K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – from tuition alone!! When you take living expenses into account, a person without a trust fund will need to take on private loans – which feature higher interest rates and more ruthless terms. Do you want to go in the hole $100K-$180K for the chance to hang a TT law degree on your wall?