Tuition: For the unfortunate soul who decides to enter this stink-hole as a full-time law student, tuition for the 2010-2011 school year stands at $33,930! Yes, the sky is the limit, right?!
Total Cost of Attendance: Under the worst-case scenario, i.e. full-time status and living off-campus, a student will look at spending $23,728 in books & supplies; SBA dues; room, board & personal; transportation, parking, computer equipment; and loan fees. This would take the total COA - for one year – to $57,658.
Keeping in mind that this is a nine-month estimate by the law school, we can figure out that twelve month living expenses will add $5,115 to the tab, i.e. ($15,346/9)* 12. Transportation costs for the full year will add another $968 to the cost, i.e. ($2,904/9) * 12. This would bring the more accurate COA for the 2010-2011 academic year to $63,741.
Ranking: Do I even need to ask about this dump? As you can see, US News & World Report clearly lists this school as a member of fourth tier wasteland.
Employment and Starting Salary Figures: None listed, but you can have Lunch with a Lawyer. Oh wow! Unless Lauren Graham is playing a lawyer who is cross-examining me in bed, I’m not interested. Of course, you will probably get stuck with some PI hack, eating Fritos and bean dip - in his dinky toiletlaw office. And look! “Career Services” is nice enough to provide links to Simplicity, lawjobs.com, and Solo Practice Workshop!! Don’t forget to attend those fifth-rate career fairs, lemmings. (However, you would certainly be MUCH better served by receiving a blow job in the law library.)
Average Student Indebtedness: According to USN&WR, the average indebtedness of 2009 DeTTTTroiTTTT Mercy Law grads who incurred law school debt was $107,139. To make matters worse, 81% of this unfortunate 2009 graduating class incurred law school debt.
Faculty and Administrative Pay: Now, let’s contrast the debt load of the students with the fat salaries of faculty members. For this info, we head over to page 17 of this 2009 Form 990.
We can see that then-dean Mark Gordon made $266,135 in TOTAL COMPENSATION – for 2008! “Professor of law” Stephen Mazurak made $187,228 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for the same tax year.
Distinguished Alumni: Yes, this list has people shaking in their boots. The second-most recent entry is for a 1997 graduate named Catherine Dritsas. I mean, who would dare cross this solo family law practitioner?! Also, 12 of the 15 distinguished alumni featured on this list graduated in the 1960s through the 1980s – with one from 1949. Oh well. I suppose “greatness” only occurs a few times in a generation.
Look at this SHAMELESS “professor’s” blog.
From May 8, 2010:
Conclusion: This school is such a terrible joke that you need to land in the top 5 students in the class – to have a shot at decent employment!! You want mercy?! Take your ass to church. Beg forgiveness of those you wronged. This school will not have any such mercy on those who naively enter its doors. What does this diploma mill have to offer? “We are located in lovely, cosmopolitan Detroit”?!?!
Do you want to take out $130K for a worthless product? If your friends, girlfriend/wife and family expect you to make something of yourself, you look those bastards square in the eye and tell them that the family pet has a better chance of practicing law than a DeTTTTroiTTTT Mercy JD does.