Tuition: For the 2010-2011 school year, a full-time student at the University of Dayton School of Law will be charged $33,330 in tuition, plus $206 in university fees.
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same page, the school estimates that books and supplies; health and counseling center fees; and personal costs will add another $15,644 to the tab. This would bring the total COA for the academic year to $49,180. However, seeing that actual law students – as opposed to hypothetical ones – require expenses over 12 months, and not 9 months, we can determine that personal costs would amount to $18,667. Thus, the actual total COA - over 12 months – would be $53,847.
Ranking: Okay, so the school is located in muggy, cold Dayton, Ohio. Tuition is a little steep, especially for residents of that economic dead zone known as Ohio. Surely, the school’s stellar national reputation will make this a wise investment, right?!?! Well, some publication calling itself US News & World Report finds lists this school in the fourth tier of American law schools.
Employment Prospects: Since the law school is not willing to provide employment stats, we go to an outside source. LSAT Prep Course purports to show that 91.5% of Dayton JDs were “known to be employed nine months after graduation.” It does not specify which graduating class this pertains to. This site also states that the average indebtedness of 2008 graduates who incurred law school debt was $81,770 – which is $10,245 more than the amount listed for Class of 2009, when tuition was higher.
Average Student Indebtedness: US News reports that the average student indebtedness for 2009 University of Dayton law grads who incurred law school debt at $71,525. Also, 91 percent of this trash pit’s 2009 graduating class took on law school debt.
Faculty and Administrator Pay: Go to page 35 of the University of Dayton’s 2009 IRS Form 990. As you can see, dean and “professor of law” John Travolta, a.k.a. Lisa A. Kloppenberg, made $306,746 in TOTAL COMPENSATION – for 2008. Also, “associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law” Richard Perla made $258,503 in TOTAL COMPENSATION – for the same year.
Entering Student GPA and LSAT scores: According to this site, the 75th percentile of entering students, for the Dayton Law Class of 2009, scored a 155 on the LSAT. Those in the 25th percentile had a score of 150. Those in the 75th percentile had a UGPA of 3.49, whereas those in the 25th percentile earned a 2.89 GPA during undergrad. If you have similar numbers, you may end up at a toxic dump such as this one.
“Our mission as a law school reflects our character and purpose, derives from our traditions, and inspires our aspirations. Our mission and our vision have important implications for how law is taught here - and how you can expect to be treated as a student.”
[Read: you will still be seen as a commodity.]
“The University of Dayton law school is partnering with Central State University in an effort to grow the diversity of its program.”
Hey, at least the commode is working with other Ohio toilets to promote diversity. Because minorities will be helped by having an extra $60K-$100K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, right?!?! Just look at the graphs on the bottom of the page.
Here is the commode’s viewbook. Look at the following nuggets of “wisdom”: “long hours in the law library have ways of bringing out the best in people” on page 6; “where you can advocate social justice – and have a social life” at page 17; and “believe it or not, the world definitely needs more lawyers” on page 3. I wonder why the $chool would $ay $uch thing$.
Conclusion: This is another overpriced Catholic commode. The school bills itself as an institution that cares about public service. Yet, this religious school does not see anything morally wrong with charging students $33,330 a year in tuition. If this is the best school you can get into – and you absolutely MUST be a lawyer – I suggest you re-take the LSAT. It is not worth taking out $75K-$120K in additional student loans, so that you can have a realistic chance of making $30K-$45K a year, upon graduation.