Tuition: A full-time student attending the private “institution of higher learning” known as Capital University Law School - for the 2010-2011 school year - will be charged $1106 per credit hour. Seeing that a typical full-year course load is 30 hours, a full-time law student at Capital can look forward to paying $33,180 in tuition - for a single year!
Total Cost of Attendance: Since this commode only provides living expenses for those who intend to live on campus and purchase the “meal plan,” we will rely on estimated living expenses from the other law school in Columbus. Ohio State lists this figure as $15,584; Comprehensive health insurance is estimated to be $1,546; and the cost of books/supplies is listed as $3,860.
Using these figures, this adds another $20,990 to the tab. This would bring the estimated total COA - for the current school year - to roughly $54,170!
Ranking: The cost of attendance is a little steep, especially for those of modest means. But the school can surely justify this cost with its stellar reputation in the academic, legal and business communities, right?!?! Sure it can - and Jessica Alba ran her lips and tongue down my torso when the clock struck midnight on January 1st. You see, US News & World Report lists this school as a fourth tier pile of corroded waste.
Employment Placement: “For the Class of 2009, 87.6% of the graduates known to be seeking employment were employed or enrolled in a full-time degree program nine months after graduation.”
How many of these grads were working in the lumber section at The Home Depot? What percentage of this graduating class is selling insurance, teaching grade school, or stocking shelves at Office Max?! According to this same page, the school notes the following:
“Capital University Law School was founded in 1903 as an evening law program by the YMCA and as part of a national program to assure access to a legal education by all men and women who could not afford to attend a full-time law school.” [Emphasis mine]
How many people can afford to pay $33,180 in annual tuition now?!?!
Average Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average student indebtedness for Class of 2009 Crapital Law grads who incurred law school debt at $98,531. Furthermore, 92% of this particular graduating class foolishly took on law school debt - for a TTTT law degree. Capital, indeed.
Law Faculty Compensation: Let’s juxtapose student indebtedness with the salaries and total compensation of the faculty. Heading to page 9 of Crapital University’s 2009 Form 990, we can see that the five highest-paid faculty members are “law professors.”
Jack Guttenberg allegedly worked 60 hours a week as dean of the commode of law, and made $253,485 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2008. This piggy made $222,053 in base compensation plus $31,432 in “estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and other related organizations.”
Take a look at the following “law professors” and their TOTAL COMPENSATION for 2008: “international law expert” Daniel C. Turack made $206,841; “Newton D. Baker/Baker and Hostetler Chair of Law” Mark R. Brown “earned” $208,175; Roberta S. Mitchell made $206,192; Stanton G. Darling II raked in $183,206; and Mark P. Strasser made $189,356. Now you know where all that capital is going.
Entering Student GPA and LSAT Scores: This site shows that the 75th percentile of entering students, for the CapiTTTTal Univer$iTTTTy Law Sewer Class of 2009, 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 3.51, whereas those in the 25th percentile earned a 2.94 GPA during undergrad. If you have similar numbers, then you may end up at a fourth tier piece of trash.
Conclusion: This school’s graduates will be competing against OSU Law grads for jobs. Keep in mind that the top-ranked law school in the state, i.e. “The” Ohio State University, only charges Ohio residents $24,324 in tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year. If this is the best school you can get into - and you are NOT receiving a full-tuition scholarship and living at home - then you need to re-take the LSAT. Attending a law school that counts 3 judges among its alumni might not be a wise decision.
This school is a joke, and the stench of this place will not leave you in this lifetime. Remember, you DO NOT NEED to incur another $100K-$160K in non-dischargeable debt - for a TTTT law degree. In the end, you will be left with anemic job prospects. Do you want to consign yourself to a lifetime of debt servitude so that some “Newton D. Baker/Baker and Hostetler scholar” can make more than $208K annually?!?!