Tuition: For the 2010-2011 school year, a full-time student at this law school will be charged $32,900 in tuition.
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same page, room/board, technology fee, books/supplies, transportation, miscellaneous expenses, loan fees and the activity fee will amount to another $21,180. This would bring the total estimated COA – for this single year of law school – to $55,080!!
Ranking: The cost of attendance is a little steep, to say the least. The school’s sterling, impeccable reputation will certainly justify the cost, right?!?! Somehow, US News & World Report has listed Cumberland in the corroded third tier of American law schools. Seeing that such students will be facing TTT job prospects upon graduation, one wonders why the hell tuition is so high.
Purported Employment Rate: This school published that 95.65% of its 2009 graduates passed the bar on the first attempt. We all know that bar passage does not equal gainful employment, let alone a position as a lawyer. Furthermore, the school states that 94.8 percent of its Class of 2009 was “employed or enrolled in a full-time graduated degree program within nine months of graduation.” Sure they were - and I feasted on Jessica Alba’s torso this Thanksgiving weekend.
Average Student Indebtedness: According to US News, the average indebtedness of 2009 Cumberland Law grads who incurred law school debt was $102,106. This publication also shows that fully 80 percent of this commode’s 2009 graduating class incurred law school debt.
Law Faculty and Administrator Salaries: Take a look at page 28 of Samford University’s 2009 Form 990. We will see if the “professors” and administrator of this third tier commode are experiencing the same financial distress as their students and graduates. Look, John Carroll, dean of the law $chool, made $279,545 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2008. Doesn’t that make your heart glow?!
Thomas B. Bishop, “scholar” in the area of Contracts, made $229,934 in TOTAL COMPENSATION, for the same tax year. Charles Cole and Alexander Bolla, former “law professors” at this in$TTTiTTTuTTTion, “respectively” made $302,936 and $273,557 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2008, as well.
Dean’s Blog: Look at the entry for 2/23/10.
“One of the important messages we try to communicate to our students involves public interest. A law degree is a tool of empowerment and it is important that we use that tool to give back to the community.”
This steaming bag of hot gas goes on:
“Today is another important step in connecting our students to a public interest practice. The Cumberland Career Services Office is holding its annual Public Interest Career Fair. This event has grown exponentially over the past few years. In the law school Great Room, there are over 35 groups including government agencies and non-profit organizations in attendance.” [Emphasis mine]
By looking at the tax form above, we can see that this bastard makes deep six figures as an “educator” and administrator. This pig made $279,545 in TOTAL COMPENSATION – for 2008 – and he has the nerve, the sheer audacity, to tell his students that they need to give back to the community?!?!? Tell me, John Carroll, how does flushing out more TTT grads into a glutted attorney market “serve the public”?!
Furthermore, he chooses to go by “The Honorable” John L. Carroll. Maybe you can email this swine at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him what is so “honorable” about him - or his choice to charge $32,900 in tuition to students, many of whom can look forward to making $35K annually upon graduation.
Conclusion: This school is simply contributing to the gross over-saturation of the American lawyer job market. The school charges $32,900 for a third tier, fourth-rate “legal education.” If you are still foolish enough to consider attending law school, ask yourself the following: “How will you be served by taking on $100K-$160K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE student debt – for a law degree from a third tier school?!
If you have a strong desire to help those in need, you can do so without joining the ranks of the less fortunate. Going into public service does not require you to take out a mountain NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. You need not take a vow of poverty to help others. In the final analysis, this school is an overpriced diploma mill. Avoid this school as you would an HIV-infected prostitute.