Tuition: For the 2010-2011 academic year, a full-time student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law will pay $38,700 in tuition. A part-time student at this private institution will only be charged $27,000 for the same school year.
Ranking: Okay, tuition is expensive and the cost of living in San Diego is a bit pricey. But certainly the school’s reputation will justify such costs, right?!?! Well, somehow US News & World Report lists this school as floating in fourth tier wasteland.
Career Prospects: Here is the group of (useless) people who will help you find a job…if you are among the top ten students in your class. Apparently, this festering pile of excrement cannot afford to list employment placement and starting salary figures.
Average Student Indebtedness: According to US News, the average indebtedness of Class of 2009 TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on $chool of Law grads who incurred law school debt was $131,800. Furthermore, this magazine reports that 95 percent of this toilet’s 2009 graduating class incurred law school debt. THIS SCHOOL HAS THE HIGHEST AVERAGE STUDENT INDEBTEDNESS OF ANY LAW SCHOOL IN THE NATION. What an accomplishment for a fourth tier pile of putrid filth, huh?!?!
Faculty and Administrator Pay: Go to Page 24 of this sewer’s 2009 Form 990. There you will see that dean, president and “professor of law” Rudolph Hasl made $363,025 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2008. (The idiots managed to misspell his name as “Roudolph” on the tax form.) Yes, you read that correctly. This “educator” made $302,390 in base compensation; $29,719 in bonus & incentive compensation; $10,547 in other compensation; $14,700 in deferred compensation; and $5,670 in non-taxable benefits.
But that’s not all. Susan Tiefenbrun, “professor of law” and director of “the Center for Global Legal Studies” made $165,543 in total compensation for the same year. And let’s look at the total compensation figures for the following TTTT “law professors”: Kenneth Vandevelde, $179,735; William Slomanson, $176,980; and Julie Greenberg, $164,348.
“Our new campus in Downtown San Diego will further enhance that tradition and transform forever the way in which the School is viewed in the world of legal education.”
Yeah, sure it will - and Salma Hayek, Lauren Graham and Jessica Alba are coming over to my pajama party this weekend. Yes, a new campus will exalt one from the status of a laughingstock to a world-renowned institution, right?!?!
“The Thomas Jefferson School of Law was originally founded in 1969 as the San Diego campus of for profit Western State University College of Law and operated as such until 1995.
TJSL became independent in 1995, and was granted provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in 1996. It was given full ABA accreditation in 2001 and joined the Association of American Law Schools in 2008.”
This school was a branch of We$TTTTern $TTTTaTTTe Univer$iTTTTy Commode of Law, the school that needed to wait 43 years before receiving ABA accreditation. Who knows? Maybe, TJSL was able to get a fax machine sooner than Western State.
Of course, the school feeds off of delusional lemmings such as the one on this LSD thread. Apparently, one of the administrators of this dump offered her extra blankets during a cold (San Diego) winter. Yes, that is much more important than job prospects.
Read the comment from "Bondtrader," to gain a better glimpse of life for a Thomas Jefferson Sewer of Law grad.
Conclusion: A person could EASILY graduate from this festering, foul TTTT dump with an additional $180K in student debt. Don’t forget that you will be competing against graduates of Stanford, UCLA, USC and Cal-Berkeley in the hostile, treacherous California legal market. You simply do not need to take out $130K-$180K to land a job making $35K, genius! Why spend this amount of (borrowed) money for a degree you will be too embarrassed to display?!
In the final analysis, this school is a pathetic piece of waste. It charges exorbitant tuition, and happens to be located in a pricey area. How the hell is a TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on $chool of Law grad supposed to find work that will allow him to re-pay his loans?!?!
I realize that Thomas Jefferson penned some beautiful prose regarding concepts such as equality, freedom and liberty - all while owning hundreds of slaves. But even he does not deserve to have one of the most egregious toilets in the entire land named after him. Furthermore, Jefferson never set foot in California - and it was not part of the Louisiana Purchase. Apparently, “law professors” are bad at geography and history, as well as math.