Sunday, November 28, 2010

Third Tier Corroded Excrement: Cumberland School of Law at Samford University


http://cumberland.samford.edu/admissions/financial-aid-scholarships

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!!

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/rankings/page+5

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.

http://cumberland.samford.edu/admissions/why-cumberland

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.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad_debt

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.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2009/630/312/2009-630312914-060014fc-9.pdf

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.

http://cumberland.samford.edu/deans-blog

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”?!

http://cumberland.samford.edu/faculty/john-l-carroll

Furthermore, he chooses to go by “The Honorable” John L. Carroll. Maybe you can email this swine at jlcarrol@samford.edu 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.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Can You Say “Lawyer Overproduction”? Iowa’s Attorney Population Has Increased by 32 Percent in the Last Nine Years



As of September 14, 2010, Iowa only gained 264 more attorneys. Also, 89.189% of all test-takers passed the bar exam, i.e. 264/296. I know, for a fact, that many of the people on this list are NOT working as attorneys.

Oh well. I am sure they are happy with that investment they made in themselves. And I am certain that Sallie Mae and the other student lending pigs will be more than happy to work with the under-employed and unemployed grads, too. I’m also pretty confident that Salma Hayek will throw me on the kitchen floor and climb on top of me this Thanksgiving, as well.

http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/wfdata/frame9962-1601/File24.pdf

Apparently, 65 more people passed the February 2010 Iowa bar exam. This means that the Iowa Bar added 329 more members for 2010. Because Iowa is in such dire need of more lawyers, right?!?!

http://www.adaptibar.com/states/iowa-bar-exam-results.asp

According to this document, 2,137 attorneys were added to Iowa’s rolls in the 8 years from 2002-2009. This does not include those who passed the 2010 exam. Adding those, 2,466 Iowa attorneys were admitted in the last 9 years. Keep in mind this does not count lawyers who were admitted under reciprocity agreements. (To be fair, some attorneys licensed in Iowa are admitted in several states, and may not actually reside in the state.)

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19000.html

The US Census Bureau estimates that there were 3,007,856 people residing in Iowa – as of 2009. You can also see that the Census shows that the population of this state increased by 2.8% from April 1, 2000 to July 1 2009 - whereas total U.S. population increased by 9.1 percent during this same time.

http://new.abanet.org/marketresearch/PublicDocuments/2009_NATL_LAWYER_by_State.pdf

These figures were compiled by the American Bar Association Market Research Department. Yet the bastards cannot tell us how many lawyers are unemployed or barely subsisting. Anyway, this chart purports to show the number of licensed attorneys by state. We can see that Iowa had 7,036 licensed lawyers as of December 31, 2008. Since that time, 290 were added in 2009 and 329 more in 2010. In the last two years alone, Iowa’s lawyer population increased by 8.8 percent!!

Going off the Iowa bar results for the last two years, plus the ABA chart referenced above, we can say there are about 7,655 attorneys in the state. Of that amount, 2,466 were admitted in the last 9 years. This represents an increase of 32.2% in the last nine years. Well, we already know from the U.S. Census Bureau that Iowa’s population only increased by an estimated 2.8% from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009.

What’s that you say, persistent moron preparing to take the LSAT for the third time?! The state can handle 7,655 attorneys? Let’s put that to the test.

Going by the figures above, there is one licensed attorney for every 392.9 Iowa residents, i.e. 3,007,856/7,655. So, it has not reached the saturation level of New York or DC. However, a state such as Iowa does not require a ton of lawyers. This might explain why so many of these recently admitted Iowa attorneys are unable to find legal positions.

http://www.law.uiowa.edu/careers/stats/alumni.php

Then again, the University of Iowa Commode of Law keeps publishing the following info:

Percentage Employed Overall

Class of 2009 - 97%
Class of 2008 - 100%
Class of 2007 - 99%
Class of 2006 - 99%
Class of 2005 - 99%

Apparently, University of Iowa Law grads are immune to that whole economic recession/depression thing.


Even Third Tier Drake, based out of that third tier city, Des Moines, claims a 94.7% employment placement rate – within 9 months of graduation, of course. This school has the outright audacity to say that 94.7% of its graduates are employed within nine months, even though these four “Honors” and “High Honors” graduates felt the need to start their own toiletlaw firm.

In the last analysis, there are too many lawyers in the state of Iowa. How the hell can a population that has grown by 2.8% in over 9 years support a 32% increase in the number of attorneys, over largely the same nine year period?!?! The population increase in attorneys is essentially 11.5 times greater than the increase in the state’s general population.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Second Tier Sweltering Stench Pit: University of Miami School of Law



Tuition and Fees: For the 2010-2011 school year, a full-time student at this institution will pay $38,024 in tuition and fees!

Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, the school estimates that a student living off-campus will pay $22,034 in room & board, books & supplies, transportation and personal expenses. This would bring the total COA for the current academic year to $60,058. For those living with mommy and daddy, the total COA for this same school year is estimated at a mere $48,934.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/rankings/page+3

Ranking: The cost is a little steep. However, the school’s ranking will certainly justify this expense, correct?!?! Well, a publication calling itself US News & World Report lists this as the 60th greatest, most fantastic and amazing law school in the land. The Univer$iTTy of Miami Sewer of Law shares this prestigious honor with three other “elite” schools - University of Houston, Georgia State University, and University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

http://www.law.miami.edu/ps/index.php?op=0

Alleged Employment Rate: “Our most recent statistics show that 98 percent of UM Law graduates seeking employment obtained positions or pursued further graduate studies within nine months of graduation.”

Ninety-eight percent - with no graphs or breakdown. Yeah, and Lauren Graham just broke into my house, tied me up to the bed, climbed on top of me, and used my torso as a scratching pad. (Notice that this dump also lists a total enrollment of 1,300 students.)

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad_debt

Average Student Indebtedness: According to USN&WR, the average indebtedness of 2009 University of Miami Law grads who incurred law school debt was $87,272. This chart shows that 77 percent of this commode’s 2009 graduating class incurred law school debt.

Don’t forget that past-president of the ABA, Carolyn Lamm, graduated from this commode in 1973. With regard to the law schools’ self-reported employment figures, the ABA is apparently still in the contemplative stage of the review process.

http://abovethelaw.com/2009/07/university-of-miami-law-school-defers-1ls-this-is-not-a-joke/

Isn’t this the sign of prosperity? On June 30, 2009, the dean at the University of Miami Sewer of Law offered $5,000 "Public Interest Deferral Scholarships" to those who deferred enrollment for one year and performed 120 hours of public service. Patricia White sent the email to the entire incoming class.

We Will Pay You to “Hire” Our Graduates:

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2010-11-18/news/um-offers-firms-new-law-grads-for-free/

“The latest sign of law grads' dire straits comes from Coral Gables, where the University of Miami is trying to bolster the grim market for the 350 new lawyers set to graduate next spring by offering their services — for free.

The program, called the Legal Corps, will place graduating students without job offers at public interest organizations or judicial chambers. The firms and courts will pay nada, while UM will pick up a $2,500 monthly stipend.”

Yes, what a great law school, huh?!?! After all, they are not paying $5,000 a month for each placement in public interest positions. Think about this for a second, stupid lemming. You are looking at taking out $90K-$160K for a law degree - and the 60th best law school in the United States must resort to this measure?! Do you get the message?!

UM Law pays $2,500 a month stipend so that their otherwise unemployed graduates will be “placed” in public interest organizations. That doesn’t smell of desperation, does it? Yet another indicator that the legal job market is about to turn the corner, right?!?!

Conclusion: This school is an overpriced piece of filth. It needs to pay non-profits to “hire” its unemployed graduates. And these pigs still have the nerve to claim a 98% employment rate. The dean of the law school offered $5,000 in scholarship money to incoming 2009 students who deferred admission for one year!!! What does that tell you, dolt?

If you need further proof of the extent of the “higher education” scam, then take a look at this tax document:

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2009/590/624/2009-590624458-05e5f82a-9.pdf

Go to pages 18-20 of this 2009 Form 990. While no law faculty member made this list, we can see that Oompa-Loompa/university president Donna Shalala is way overpaid - as the troll made $945,899 plus $231,568 in other compensation!!

On page 20, you can see that the entire university made $509,022,178 in tuition and fees! Taking all of these revenue streams into account from columns A and B, we can see that the University of Miami took in $1,754,092,908 in TAX EMEMPT REVENUE - for 2008!!!! Imagine any other industry where you could make $1.754 billion, in one year, and not pay any taxes on that amount. (I suppose churches do the same thing, but it is nonetheless repulsive.)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Profiles in Selling Out: Jeffrey Sean Lehman, Dean of Peking University School of Transnational Law


Check out this National JurisTTT article entitled “ABA prepares to accredit schools outside U.S.” Sit back and enjoy as I rip into Jeffrey Sean Lehman, “scholar,” sellout and academic administrator. I am going to light this son of a bitch up light a Christmas tree!

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cypress/nationaljurist1110/#/16/OnePage

“At a time when many worry that American influence around the world is declining in everything from finance to manufacturing, this is a development to be celebrated, said Lehman, who was previously president of Cornell University and the dean of the University of Michigan Law School.”

Ass-Clown drones on:

“[Accreditation] tells a student from Oklahoma that it is not a waste to spend $40,000 a year to attend law school in Arkansas.”

What a lying sack of excrement.

"Like many that support this ABA effort, Lehman believes this move would only improve legal education – and the practice of law – significantly."

Big $urpri$e, huh?!?! As the self-interested dean of a Chinese law school, I am sure Jeffrey is very absorbed in seeing how the ABA decides this issue. We all KNOW the pigs and cockroaches at the ABA have already made up their minds, so there is no need to pretend that there is any suspense.

Initially, [accreditation of overseas law schools] will produce a glut of U.S.-trained lawyers, making it harder for lawyers to make a living as a private practitioner, particularly in larger cities, which is where most law graduates prefer to live,” [William] Henderson said.” [Emphasis mine]

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/May08/Lehman.Chinalaw.sl.html

From May 29, 2008:

“The School of Transnational Law at Peking University's campus in the mainland city of Shenzhen, just north of Hong Kong, will enroll its first class of 55 students this fall. According to Lehman the new law school plans to seek accreditation from the American Bar Association so that graduates can take the New York state bar exam. [Emphasis mine]

Because New York does not have enough lawyers, right?!?!

“The new law school will offer all its courses in English, teach cases from the United States and use professors from American law schools to teach most of its courses.”

No wonder American “law professors” love the idea!! They want job security. They don’t want to work in the “honorable, esteemed profession of law.”

Jeffrey, talk to William Henderson, and see how well “law professors” are training future legal practitioners. Read that piece and see the effects of globalization on the American legal job market. How do you think flooding the U.S. market with LEGIONS of foreign law school grads might impact it further? Can you figure that out with your mathematics degree from Cornell, and MPP/JD from the University of Michigan?!?! Or do you need me to draw it out for you in Crayola?!

http://stl.szpku.edu.cn/en/index/index.aspx

Check out your future competition and weep. When you re-pay your student loans while working at State Farm Insurance, make sure to keep your depression meds handy.

http://people.forbes.com/profile/jeffrey-sean-lehman-j-d-/43705

You can also see that this pig serves on the Board of Infosys Technologies, based out of Bangalore. He is an “independent” Director. By the way, Infosys is a leader in “applications outsourcing” and “business practices outsourcing.”

“In 2005, Peking University awarded Mr. Lehman an honorary doctorate degree in recognition of his service as a bridge between scholars in the United States and China.”

http://amlawdaily.typepad.com/amlawdaily/2010/08/overseaslawschools.html

The ABA considers accrediting overseas law schools. Yes, that is a splendid idea, huh?!

In the last analysis, Jeffrey Lehman knows all about return on investment. He wants to make his investors and Board members happy, i.e. put more money into these pigs’ pockets. He does not care that his decisions have resulted in major job losses in the U.S. In fact, the swine wants to remove more jobs from our shores. In sum, the man has no integrity. This is how he plans to put more money in his bank account. Keep this in mind, if you are still considering law school. Why spend $120K in non-dischargeable loans, when you will soon be facing even more competition? Remember, these foreign law schools are offering all their courses in English.

http://www.aapipara.org/File/Main%20Page/ABA%20Outsourcing%20Opinion.pdf

Don’t forget that the ABA Standing Committee on “Ethics and Professional Responsibility” issued ABA “Ethics” Opinion 08-451 on August 5, 2008. This allows foreign lawyers AND non-lawyers to engage in American legal discovery. This has already had a major impact on the shrinking American legal job market.

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/06/we-knew-this-was-going-to-happen-michigan-encourages-law-grads-to-go-to-india/

Hell, the ninth-ranked University of Michigan Law School is encouraging its students to work in India, for Pangea3. At least, this piece of trash
– who served as chair of the committee – died at age 53, after scarfing down a business lunch.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Merciless, Miserable Fourth Tier Dung Pile: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law


http://www.law.udmercy.edu/prospective/financialaid/index.php

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?!

http://www.law.udmercy.edu/financialaid/costs.php

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.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/rankings/page+8

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.

http://www.law.udmercy.edu/careerservices/students.php

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.)

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad_debt

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.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2009/381/360/2009-381360586-05fbc4f3-9.pdf

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.

http://www.law.udmercy.edu/about/alumni.php

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.

http://www.law.udmercy.edu/faculty/blogs/sung.php

From May 8, 2010:

“The new post 9-11 G.I. Bill went into effect in August 2009. All veterans who served honorably at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 are eligible. The program covers the cost of the education up to the most expensive public education institution in the individual state. For some private universities, all or a portion of the remaining tuition is covered by the “yellow ribbon” program. The VA matches dollar for dollar, any contributions made by the individual universities.

University of Detroit Mercy is one of the few universities in Michigan to be part of the “yellow ribbon” program. Veterans may pursue not only undergraduate programs but also graduate programs, including the study of law.”

As you can see, this festering sack of fecal matter does not care if it needs to appeal to people’s emotions – in order to get more money from the federally-backed student loan system. While these veterans will ostensibly not incur any debt, the reality is that many of them will not be able to land a legal position, upon graduation. But, when have the law schools ever given a damn about that, anyway?!

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.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Waste of Space: Wayne State University Law School



[Disclaimer: I generally leave state schools alone. However, some public law schools are so heinous and condemnable, that they have earned a TTR profile. Such is the case with Wayne State. Plus, I just beat the hell out of TTTThoma$ M. Cooley once again.]

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.

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/10/04/john-conyers-bad-bounce-drivers-license-was-suspended-this-su/

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!!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/wire/chi-ap-mi-michiganhouse-14t,0,2166529.story

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.

http://reg.wayne.edu/pdf-tuition/tuition-fee-chart-fall-2010.pdf

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.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/rankings/page+6

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?!?!

http://law.wayne.edu/blogs/careers-services/

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:

http://law.wayne.edu/blogs/careers-services/2010/10/26/is-the-market-turning/

“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.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/20/AR2010092005999.html

“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.”

Yes, a blue ribbon panel of out-of-touch economics scholars, i.e. the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the recession ended in June 2009, so it must be so, right?!?! These pencil-neck corporate tools need to get out of their little office and tell this to the unemployed workers with advanced degrees, or to the legions of unemployed and underemployed people in this nation. Do yourself a favor and look at the impact LPOs are having on American legal positions.


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.

http://chronicle.com/stats/aaup/index.php?action=detail&id=1845

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.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Profiles in Willful Ignorance: Cooley Associate Dean Nelson P. Miller


http://www.michbar.org/journal/pdf/pdf4article1751.pdf

In the October 2010 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal, associate dean at TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law $chool, Nelson P. Miller wrote a piece entitled, “Legal Education as a Pie-Maker: Why Michigan Benefits from Accessible Law Schools.”

It was written as a Counterpoint to a well-written article titled, “Too Many Hungry Crows Pecking at a Smaller Pie: Why Law Schools in Michigan Must Shrink Enrollment to Preserve Quality and Opportunity.” Hence, regarding this debate, we will have Point, Counterpoint and TTR Backhand to the Bridge of the Nose.

Here are some of the most egregious and patently false quotes from this “article”:

“See law practice as it is—a tremendously important and meaningful job.”

It was so meaningful that you left it for academia, right?!

“Is it bad that businesses are hiring lawyers for nonlegal positions?”

Yes, it is bad when lawyers are serving pizzas, lattes, and selling cupcakes from the back of a truck. Furthermore, it is psychologically damaging for licensed attorneys to be working as assistant managers at Radio Shack. How in the hell are these “attorneys” supposed to pay back their student loans on $7.50 an hour, you shill?!?!

“What vision of law and values would countenance the ABA or the State Bar of Michigan dictating that individuals may not go to law school?”

Perhaps, you could ask the ADA and AMA how they are able to limit the number of accredited U.S. dental and medical schools. Isn’t a professional organization supposed to protect the significant investment of its members’ time and money? Should people with IQs in the low 70s be permitted to attend law school? After all, who should dictate that these individuals cannot go to law school?

Under the heading, “The Injustice of Limiting Access”:

“To whom shall we refuse justice? “Crows” seems to suggest that we should shrink the bar to a size proportional to the number of well-paying clients. The State Bar’s oath requires the opposite: a lawyer promises to “never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed, or delay any cause for lucre or malice.” The profession’s obligation is to serve all who need help, not only those who can most afford it.

“Crows” challenges bar leaders to “avoid diluting the ranks of practitioners to ensure high-quality attorneys for all clients.” Yet whom do we exclude from the profession? Minorities remain underrepresented in the profession, even though nearly all the growth in law school enrollment in the past several decades has been among women and minorities. New law schools have removed traditional barriers to legal education. “Crows” encourages lawyers to “raise the bar” to the profession, but a rising bar can look like a closing door, especially when the proposals center on small-firm, solo, and part-time practitioners and graduates of affordable law school programs.”

You can take those empty platitudes and shove them clear up your ass, Nelson P. Miller. I have seen licensed attorneys take on entire cases – from beginning to final disposition – for $300. What next, on the road to the bottom? Drafting a will for a hand-job and a bag of Skittles?!

Do we honestly need more toilet-lawyers toiling away for $35K a year?! Also, Cooley does not offer affordable “legal education.”

http://www.cooley.edu/overview/factsataglance.htm

Tuition: We can see that a full-time student at this fourth tier piece of foul excrement will be charged $30,644 for tuition and fees – for the 2010-2011 school year!! Well, then who benefits from law school?

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2008/381/988/2008-381988915-052e1fe8-9.pdf

Faculty, Administrator and Officer Pay: Check out pages 10 and 21 of Thomas M. Cooley’s 2008 IRS Form 990. On page ten, you can see that the following “law professors” and their TOTAL COMPENSATION – for 2007: Philip Prygoski, $225,821; John Scott, $234,143; Marjorie Russell, $227,559; and Kathleen Butler, $226,456. Plus, associate dean John Nussbaumer made $232,942 in 2007.

On page 21 of this report, you can see that “president and dean” of this fourth tier trash pit, Don P. LeDuc, made $530,053 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for 2007. Yes, as the “president and dean” of this private “non-profit” corporation/commode, LeDuc made FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND AND FIFTY-THREE DOLLARS in a single year!! Apparently, “higher education” does pay off – for some. The “VP of Operations” made $203,973, and the CFO and Treasurer made $188,836 for the same year.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, Nelson P. Miller is another shameless shill of the law school industry. He writes this article from self-interest. His school is an overpriced diploma mill, and one of the biggest laughingstocks of any law school in the country. Its graduates face pathetic job prospects. This includes many of the minority graduates that he professes to care for.

http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=jason_dolin

Check out this article, Nelson. The author, an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School states that law schools are profit centers that are run PRIMARILY for the benefit of “law professors.” At least, he is honest enough to admit this reality. You, on the other hand, are engaging in blatant intellectual dishonesty and willful ignorance.


 
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