Tuition: We can see that tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year comes out to $1160 per credit hour. Seeing that a full-time student will need 15 hours a semester, this comes out to roughly $17,400 per semester - or $34,800 per school year! And there is that pesky Bar Association Fee of $45 per semester. I am sure these students get their money’s worth.
Total Cost of Attendance: The school estimates that a student living in an off-campus apartment will accumulate an additional $17,504 in living expenses. This would take the total COA to $52,394 for the 2010-2011 school year.
However, I detect a sleight of hand by the law school. You see, the school comes up with the figure of $10,200 for room and board. It reaches this figure by the following monthly expenses: rent, $540; utilities, in the amount of $200; and $400 for board. Multiplying $1140 by a factor of 9 brings us to the amount of $10,260. (The idiots apparently think that $1140 * 9 = $10,200. Invest in a calculator; if you do so, you may move up to the third tier.) Multiplying this monthly figure by a factor of 12, gives us a yearly figure of $13,680. After all, law students require food and shelter for twelve months out of the year, not for only nine months annually. By the way, thanks for NOT mentioning/disclosing that these costs are for nine months, you shining beacons of integrity!!
Also, see how the school comes up with the total for “personal expenses”? The school also multiplies these expenses by a factor of nine. In actuality, personal expenses will amount to $4,032, not $3,024. Furthermore, yearly transportation costs will really be $3,120 - and not $2,340. Taking these corrections into account, the true total COA - for a full-time Widener law student- will be $57,662, i.e. $34,890 + $22,772.
Ranking: Surely, this school’s reputation will justify the high cost of attendance, right?!?! What’s that you say? Widener Sewer of Law is ranked in the filthy, decrepit fourth tier of American law schools - according to US News & World Report?!?!
Alleged Employment Statistics: Widener claims/asserts that 95% of its Class of 2009 was employed or seeking another graduate degree within 9 months of graduation. Of course, fully 25 percent of these JDs are employed as judicial clerks. (How many of these positions are in traffic court?) Still, this is an incredible number - especially coming from a fourth tier piece of trash such as Widener Univer$iTTTTy Sewer of Law. After all, NALP claims that only 88.3% of the overall JD Class of 2009 was employed, which also takes the illustrious top three tier law schools into account. $omehow, Widener is able to best this figure by nearly 7 percent.
“Fast Facts”: Total first year enrollment of 383 at the Delaware campus, and 181 at the Harrisburg branch. TOTAL JD ENROLLMENT of 1,438 students - as of Fall 2008. Of this figure, 468 are in the “prestigious” evening division!! This means that fully 32.5% of Widener law students are in the evening program.
Total Compensation for Administrators: Looking at page ten of Widener University’s 2008 IRS Form 990, we can see that Dean Linda L. Ammons made $288,419 for 2007. She made $237,382 in compensation and $51,037 in “contributions to employee benefit plans & deferred compensation” that year. We can also see that John L. Gedid, “assistant vice dean” of the sewer of law made $229,661 for the same tax year. All for helping to provide a fourth tier “legal education”! Yes, “higher education” truly does pay off!
“Widener University School of Law aspires to be a synergy of diverse and highly qualified students interacting with dedicated scholars, teachers, and practitioners in a vibrant, student-centered environment. Through specialized institutes and innovative teaching methods that connect theory, doctrine, and practical skills, Widener Law strives to produce outstanding and reflective lawyers. In law practice, scholarship, and civic engagement, the Widener Law community will advance the state of the art in law, justice, and ethical professionalism in the regional, national, and global communities it serves.”
Yes, charging your students $34,800 for one year of a TTTT education - and providing weak-ass job prospects - is the hallmark of ethical professionalism, isn’t it?!?!
Conclusion: This school is an over-priced commode/diploma mill. This is evidenced by the fact that the school has two campuses, with a total JD enrollment of over 1,400 students. What a fourth tier powerhouse, huh? DO NOT ATTEND this school, under any circumstances. One could easily graduate from this toilet with $150K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - with abysmal job prospects. Would you take out six-figure debt for a chance to make $35K-$40K annually?!