Tuition: For the 2010-2011 school year, a full-time law student at Suffolk will be charged $41,100 in tuition! Those in the “evening division” will only be charged $30,824.
Total Cost of Attendance: In the worst-case scenario, i.e. a full-time student living on his own, the school estimates the total COA to be $66,333. Yes, SBA fees, health insurance, books, average loan fees, and living expenses for such a student add another $25,233 to the annual tab.
Ranking: The cost to attend the school is prohibitive, and living expenses in Boston are high. Well, certainly the law school’s sterling reputation justifies such costs, right?! Well, some publication called U.S. News & World Report had the audacity to list this school in the third tier of American law schools.
Career Prospects: Apparently, paying $41,100 in tuition does not entitle one to employment or starting salary figures of recent graduates. But that’s okay. After all, the school provides links to online job databases. Yay! And students at this school have exclusive access to Simplicity! Wait a minute – so do law students at any other commode.
Average Student Indebtedness: According to USN&WR, the average indebtedness of 2009 Suffolk Law grads who incurred law school debt was $108,557. This publication also reports that 87 percent of this commode’s 2009 graduating class incurred law school debt.
Faculty and Administrator Salary Info: Go to page 43 and 45 of Suffolk University’s 2009 IRS Form 990. On page 43, you will see that university president and “professor of law” David J. Sargent made $832,782 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for 2008. Yes, the president and “law professor” of a truly decrepit TTT institution made EIGHT HUNDRED, THIRTY-TWO THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-TWO DOLLARS in his role as an "educator"!!
But that’s not all.
The Boston Globe reported the following on November 17, 2008:
“College presidents' earnings continue to climb, and a new survey put Suffolk University's David J. Sargent at the top, as the most lavishly paid leader at any US institution.
Sargent's compensation in 2006-2007 totaled $2.8 million, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education's annual survey, released today.” [Emphasis mine]
I will remind you that legal and non-law employers do not give a damn about your “incredible writing experience” at the Suffolk Transactional Law Review. In fact, it is best to leave this off your resume entirely. The same applies to those of you who were “fortunate” to land on The Journal of High Technology Law. In lieu of listing these activities, post your hobbies.
Again, avoid this over-priced sewer pit as if your life depended on it. Unless, of course, you think that you will be better off with $110K-$190K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a degree that qualifies you to wait tables at the Battery Park Bar and Lounge.