Furthermore, several months ago I sent a letter to John Conyer’s office, asking him as chair of the house committee on the judiciary to look into the false and misleading statements and figures from the law school industry. (Before anyone points this out, I deliberately used lower-case letters; the “lawmakers” have NO RESPECT for you plebeians. Why should we have any reverence for these pigs, or their office?!)
Seeing that his committee initiated the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act to go after mortgage lenders, one would think that Conyers would want to help defrauded students and graduates. Perhaps, his TTT law degree from Wayne $TTTaTTTe Univer$iTTTy is affecting his vision.
Then again, this third tier graduate had his Driver’s License suspended this past summer – because he paid his renewal fee with a check that was not covered by sufficient funds!!
That’s okay. The super-intelligent voters in Detroit re-elected this 81 year-old man to his 24th term in Congress!! Now, we go to the meat and potatoes of this entry.
Tuition: For the 2010-2011 academic year, a full-time, in-state student attending Wayne State University Law School will pay $23,871.50 in tuition and fees, i.e. ($780.80*15) + ($223.75 in fees) per semester. I even called the registrar’s office at this commode to confirm that the ominous-sounding “omnibus credit hour fee” is a single charge of $35.70 per semester. Out-of-state, full time law students at this institution will pay $26,187.50 in tuition and fees for this school year.
Ranking: Look, this school is firmly planted in the third tier of American law schools – according to US News & World Report. Yes, legal employers will be THRILLED to receive your resume, writing sample and cover letter, right?!?!
Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: The bastards do not offer any listing or chart of purported job placement of starting salary figures. But they do offer links to Simplicity - and a Career Service Office blog! Check out this gem of an entry:
“Apparently the recession officially ended earlier this year. Indeed, major bleeding within the legal profession generally has stopped. “Major bleeding,” in this context, means widespread layoffs at large law firms and deep cuts in-house within struggling industries, such as finance and automotive. So, there is a basis for thinking that the job market for attorneys must be turning for the better.”
“The determination that the U.S. recession ended in June 2009, made by a panel of private economists who are the arbiters of business cycles, confirms that the 18-month downturn was the longest recession of the post-World War II era.”
Average Student Indebtedness: According to US News, the average indebtedness of 2009 Wayne $TTTaTTTe Univer$iTTTy Law $chool grads who incurred law school debt was $61,180. Furthermore, NINETY PERCENT of this unfortunate 2009 graduating class incurred law school debt.
Faculty and Administrator Salary Info: According to this document, the average annual salary for a full-time “law professor” – at this third tier commode – was $111,200 for the 2009-2010 school year.
Conclusion: This school is a laughingstock for good reason. It provides a “legal education” for those who would otherwise not attend law school. It puts its students and graduates into significant student loan debt – and then dumps them out into an anemic legal job market. Why should anyone take out $60K-$100K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE student loan debt for a worthless product, i.e. a law degree from Wayne State?!
If this is the best school you can get into - and you ABSOLUTELY MUST be an attorney - then you need to re-take the LSAT. If you do not care about the overwhelming odds that you will practice law, or the debt load, then go out and do what you want. In the end, your choice to attend this piece of trash will not add one dime to my student loan debt.