Tuition: Full time students at this diploma mill will be charged $35,582 for the privilege of attending this law school for the 2010-2011 academic year. Those attending this diploma factory, as part of the part-time program will only be charged $26,686 for the same school year. I mean, who doesn’t have $26,686 saved up, right?!?!
Estimated Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, the school estimates that fees, books, room & board, personal expenses, and transportation, will add another $21,431 to the annual tab. So under the worst-case scenario, a full time WNEC law student is looking at a total annual COA of $57,013. And, not so fast! You see, for $ome rea$on, the school is only counting 9 months of room & board, personal and transportation costs. This must have been an oversight, huh?!
Seeing that actual students will need to eat, sleep and live for twelve months out of the year, and not a mere nine months, a more accurate COA would be $60,423 for one year at this school – for a full-time student.
Ranking: So the school is expensive. No need to worry. After all, you are making a wise investment in yourself. Now, let’s see where U.S. News & World Report lists this prestigious school in its most recent law school rankings. WHAT!?!? Is someone at the publication pulling a fast one? The publication shows that the school is drifting in the fourth tier. How can this be?
Employment and Starting Salary Figures: The school asserts that 140 out of the 170 graduates from the Class of 2009, for whom employment status is known, are either employed or in graduate school. Using these figures, the school comes up with a placement rate of 82.3% for this graduating class. However, 9 of those 140 are in graduate school. This would give us an employment rate of 77.1 percent, not 82.3%, i.e. 131/170. That is REALLY impressive, isn’t it? I mean, these students are DEFINITELY getting their money’s worth, right?!?!
Furthermore, out of the 131 JDs who reported being employed, only 49 responded to the salary info to the school - including only 23 out of 64 JDs who reported being hired as private lawyers. The overall median salary is listed as $50K, and the mean salary is $54,323. Did you notice something strange about this chart? The median and mean salaries for lawyers in private practice is lower than the overall figures. The median salary for private practice attorneys is $40K, and the mean is $52,430.
Average Student Indebtedness: According to USN&WR, the average indebtedness of 2009 We$TTTTern New England College Sewer of Law grads who incurred law school debt was $94,496. And fully 62 percent of this commode’s 2009 graduating class incurred law school debt.
Look at page 38 of the university’s 2009 Form 990, to see highest paid employees. We can see that “law professor” William G. Baker made $197,909 in base compensation; $18,500 in other compensation; $19,605 in deferred compensation; and $6,419 in non-taxable benefits – for a grand total of $242,433 for 2008. And look, dean and “professor of law,” Arthur R. Gaudio made $283,134 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for 2008. Eric J. Gouvin also made $195,596 in TOTAL COMPENSATION; Frederick D. Royal “earned” $232,582 in TOTAL COMPENSATION as “professor of law and director of the LL.M. program"; and ‘law professor” Samuel Stonefield made $218,759 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for this same tax year. Higher education does pay off – for the “professors” and administrators, that is.
Conclusion: This school is such a sweltering pile of dung, even the flies and cockroaches would be wise to avoid this place at all costs. A law degree from this pile of rot WILL NOT increase your "marketability." In fact, this school's reputation is so putrid, that legal and non-legal employers will toss your application and cover letter in the trash IMMEDIATELY. They will be offended that an idiot who shells out $130K in student loans to attend such a sewer has even wasted their time. At least, if you attend Syracuse or Pittsburgh, the employer will know the university by its sports teams. What does this un-redeeming piece of filth have to offer?!?!
Remember what our friends at FinAid have suggested as a reasonable amount of student debt:
“A good rule of thumb is that your total education debt should be less than your expected starting salary. If you borrow more than twice your expected starting salary you will find it extremely difficult to repay the debt.” [Emphasis mine]
Doing the math, does anyone still think that it is wise to take out $100K-$170K for a realistic chance to earn $30K-$45K upon graduation - very likely in a job that does not require a law degree?