Tuition: For the 2010-2011 academic year, a full-time student at the Ohio Northern University College of Law will be charged $30,964.
Ranking: So the price tag is a little steep. Plus, the school is located in someplace called Ada, Ohio. Surely the job prospects and school’s reputation will make up for the price and location, right?!?! Well…US News & World Report lists this pre$TTTigiou$ school in the third tier of American law schools.
Alleged Employment Rate: The commode claims a placement rate of 94%, for its Class of 2009. Sure it was - and Salma Hayek just finished massaging my neck, shoulders and back with her lovely bare breasts. (If this entry comes across as rushed, you will understand why.)
“Over the past eight years, Ohio Northern's placement rate has exceeded the national average. The class of 2009 had 94% employed full-time or enrolled in an LLM program within nine months after graduation”
[This same "Quick Facts" page notes that the 75th percentile LSAT score - for the Fall 2010 entering class - was 156; the 25 percentile test score was 149. The 75th percentile UGPA stood at 3.70 - and the 25th percentile undergrad GPA was a whopping 2.94.]
NALP reports the national placement rate for the JD Class of 2009 as 88.3 percent. This survey also includes responses from those who graduated from elite schools and first tier law schools. Yet, somehow this third tier commode asserts an employment rate nearly 6 percentage points higher than the overall job placement for 2009 law graduates.
Average Student Indebtedness: According to USN&WR, the average student indebtedness for Class of 2009 ONU Commode of Law grads who incurred law school debt was $87,230. Furthermore, 93% of this poor, unfortunate graduaTTTing class took on law school debt.
Faculty and Administrator Pay: Let’s see how well the bandits/”professors” are making out. For this information, we go to page 31 of Ohio Northern University’s 2009 Form 990. We can see that the dean of the Commode of Law, David C. Crago, made $209,299 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2008. Yes, Crago made $190,154 in base compensation plus $19,145 in deferred compensation. Only the university president made more money than Crago. In fact, three of the university’s six highest-compensated employees teach at the law school.
Furthermore, Howard N. Fenton, director of the LLM program/scam and “professor of law,” made $187,746 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for the same year. Lastly, Stephen C.Veltri, associate dean for academic affairs and “professor of law,” made $170,262 for 2008.
On page 3 of the “viewbook,” the commode claims:
“Ohio Northern students are of the highest academic quality and are prepared for the legal profession by nationally recognized scholars who are committed to producing extremely skilled graduates who can compete in today’s challenging legal world.”
First, the school ADMITTEDLY accepts students with 149 LSAT scores - as well as those who graduated from college with GPAs of 2.94. Second, no employer gives a damn if you were taught by supposed “nationally recognized scholars.” Lastly, I suppose ONU Commode of Law may train its students to compete in the miserable world of document review and legal process outsourcing.
Conclusion: This school is an overpriced piece of trash located in the frozen tundra of northern Ohio. The official name of this moist turd is the Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law. That name provides an apt connotation - as your job prospects will be small, i.e. petite, indeed.
In the last analysis, you will NOT be better off taking on an additional $90K-$130K - in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - for a law degree from this in$TTTiTTTuTTTion. If you simply MUST be an attorney, attend a school that people will recognize - NOT one where people will ask if the school is accredited, i.e. Ohio Northern.