Tuition: For the 2010-2011 school year, a full-time student at this law school will be charged $38,502! Yes, that amount is in US currency.
Total Cost of Attendance: The commode estimates that the total COA - for 9 months - will be $56,259. The school lists the 11 month figure as $59,945. Thus, we can figure that the 12 month total COA will be roughly $61,788.
Ranking: Attending this school will set you back financially. But the institution’s reputation will surely make this a worthy investment, right?!?! Somehow, US News & World Report has $eaTTle Univer$iTTy Sewer of Law listed as the 86th greatest, most amazing and fantastic law school in the United States - in a seven-way tie, by the way.
Supposed Starting Salary Statistics: The commode claims that 100% of its Class of 2008 responded to the graduate survey. Eight percent of those who became lawyers went onto to become solo practitioners. In addition, 56.7% of this cohort went into toiletlaw firms of 2-10 attorneys. Grab the plunger, $eaTTle Law grads!
Average Student Indebtedness: US News reports that the average student indebtedness - for those members of the Seattle University Law Class of 2009 who incurred law school debt - was $95,572. Fully 91% of this commode’s particular graduating class took on such toxic debt.
Faculty and Administrator Pay: Let’s see how well the faculty members are doing, in comparison to their graduates. For this info, we head to page 36 of Seattle University’s 2009 Form 990.
We can see that then-dean of the law school, Kellye Y. Testy, made $383,457 in TOTAL COMPENSATION, for 2008. She now occupies the same position at the University of Washington School of Law. However, she is not the only law faculty member to live fat off of the federal student loan $y$tem. Here are some other figures for the same tax year:
We can see that Al Roker, a.k.a. Tayyad Mahmud, “professor of law and director of the Center for Global Justice,” made $214,477 in TOTAL COMPENSATION. Annette Clark, “associate professor of law” made an even $228,700 in TOTAL COMPENSATION. Lastly, “professor” Eric Chiappinelli raked in $400,325. Yes, this bowtie-wearing “educator” made in excess of $400K. Who says “higher education” doesn’t pay off?!?! By the way, look at this excerpt from his bio:
“Dean Chiappinelli's current research interests include nonprofit governance and the relation between corporate law and family dynamics.”
I suppose Chiappinelli might be interested - from an academic standpoint, of course - in the effects that mountains of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt will have on a person’s ability to start a family. Who knows? Maybe Eric A. Chiappinelli will also take some interest in the societal effects of such debt.
According to this graph, for 2005-2006, the school offered full-tuition scholarships to exactly 0.0% of its students. The commode did provide half-tuition scholarships to 1.3 percent of it students.
Look, as a student at this overpriced toilet, you can write onto the prestigious Seattle Journal for Social Justice. Yes, that will impress the hell out of legal and non-legal employers alike, right?!?!
“If these [for-profit trade school] programs keep growing, you’re going to wind up with more and more students who are graduating and can’t find meaningful employment,” said Rafael I. Pardo, a professor at Seattle University School of Law and an expert on educational finance. “They can’t generate income needed to pay back their loans, and they’re going to end up in financial distress. [Emphasis mine]
It doesn’t get much better than this! This “educational finance expert”/”law professor” is telling the New York Times that for-profit schools are garbage pits - when he works at a grossly-overpriced diploma mill. You have reached the heights of hypocrisy, Rafael Pardo.
Conclusion: Seattle University Sewer of Law is a pathetic waste of space. It overcharges its students for an inferior product. Graduating from a toilet law school with $100K-$130K in student debt will not benefit anyone - other than the administrators and “professors” at this dump site.