Tuition: The school lists tuition as $1270 per unit. This means that a full-time law student at Golden Gate “University” will be charged $38,100 - for the 2010-2011 academic year! And who doesn’t have that amount to spend on “education”?
Total Cost of Attendance: The school estimates that registration fees; room and board; books; transportation; health insurance; and personal expenses will add another $23,919 to the tab. This would bring the total, annual estimated COA to $62,019 - for a full-time student. For part-time students, the cost is only $53,129.
By the way, you can be certain that the school is only considering room and board, transportation and personal expenses, in terms of 9 months. Taking this into account, we should add $7,005 to the school’s nine-month estimate. This would take the total COA - for a full time student for the 2010-2011 school year - to $69,024.
Ranking: Okay, the cost of attendance is steep. Plus, San Francisco is a pricey locale. But the school’s distinguished reputation will more than make up for this immense investment, right?!?! Too bad the school has the distinction of being a fourth tier piece of trash - according to US News & World Report.
Alleged Employment Placement and Starting Salary Statistics: In its employment summary, the commode claims the following: “90.9% of the class of 2009 reported that they were working or pursuing an advanced degree within nine months of graduation.”
Yeah, sure it was - and Lauren Graham is still convulsing, while resting her calves and ankles on my shoulders, as I write this entry. Somehow, this fourth tier trash can was able to exceed the NALP overall employment rate of 88.3%. The toilet also asserts that the average starting salary reported by their graduates was $86,166.
By the way, on the bottom of page 2, you can see that 70.7 percent of those who went into private law practice worked in law firms of 2-10 attorneys. How much do you think these fresh toilet-lawyers are making?!
Average Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average student indebtedness - for those members of the Golden GaTTTTe Univer$iTTTTy Law Class of 2009 who incurred law school debt - as $118,429!! A mere 88% of this commode’s particular graduating class took on such debt.
Faculty Salaries: Such levels of student debt make one curious as to how much the faculty is raking in. After all, “educators” care about their students, right?!?! Plus, this school places so much emphasis on “public interest.”
On page 7 of Golden Gate University’s 2009 IRS Form 990, we can see that the following “law professors” made out like bandits - in 2008. These figures represent TOTAL COMPENSATION for each particular “professor”: associate dean for graduate programs and “professor of law” Jon Sylvester, $201,571; “professor of law” and dean emeritus Peter Keane, $207,960; “professor of law” and director of the JD and LLM Environmental Law Program Alan Ramo, $168,695; and associate dean of academic affairs and “professor of law” Rachel Van Cleave, $185,006. Now, you can see why these people value “higher education” so much.
Entering Student GPA and LSAT Scores: We can see that the 75th percentile of entering students scored a 156 on the LSAT. Those in the 25th percentile had a score of 151. Those in the 75th percentile had a UGPA of 3.40, whereas those in the 25th percentile earned a 2.84 GPA during undergrad. If you have similar numbers, then you may end up at a fourth tier piece of trash. This is in regards to the full-time Day Program!
The school is bringing in kids who have no shot in hell of ever practicing law. Remember, under the current $tudent loan $y$tem, the school has an incentive to bring in as many students as they can. It bears no risk of its greedy, foolish decisions.
Well, the sewer of law does have the 39th best public interest program - according to NaTTTional Juri$TTT magazine.
Conclusion: This school is a waste of space. The commode is ranked in the FOURTH TIER, and yet has the unmitigated gall to charge its students $38,100 per year in tuition. If you want to go in public interest, you DO NOT need to incur an additional $120K-$180K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, in order to do so.
If you do not mind making $35K per year, and living in a ratty-ass studio apartment at age 35, then go ahead. If you are fine with a high-sodium diet of Ramen Noodles - and with never owning a home or starting a family - then, by all means, sign on the dotted line. On second thought, if the thought of owing MASSIVE amounts of student loans - coupled with TTTT job prospects - does not keep you up at night, then please voluntarily commit yourself to the nearest mental hospital.