“Last Sunday, the NY Times asked: Are law schools deceiving prospective students into incurring huge debt for degrees that aren’t worth it?
Of course they are. The U.S. News is an aider and abettor. As the market for new lawyers shrinks, a key statistic in compiling the publication’s infamous rankings is “graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation. Any job qualifies - from joining Cravath to waiting tables.” [Emphasis mine]
Bob Morse cannot be bothered with such details.
Speaking through his labia, Robert Morse states:
“Despite some notable exceptions and data errors over the years, it turns out the schools are pretty reliable in their data reporting.”
Yes, a “law professor” at Chapman University was able to reach the same results using the magazine’s methodology. That MUST mean that the schools are furnishing accurate info, right?!?! However, Morse concludes his article with this telling admission:
“Finally, does Bell's study also prove that law schools are being accurate in how they report their statistical profile data to the ABA, the general public, and U.S. News? No, this only proves that law schools are being very careful to report the same data to U.S. News that they report to the ABA for accrediting purposes.” [Emphasis mine]
Knowing that the commodes of law are merely reporting the same info to your publicaTTTion, the ABA and NALP, why did you entitle the piece, “Law Schools Report Accurate Data to US News”?!?! Consistency does not equal accuracy, Bob.
See for yourselves how honest and accurate these law school have been with USN&WR:
“North Dakota was not the only surprise on the U.S. News list of top [Article III] judicial clerkship feeder law schools. The University of Wyoming was No. 5 and the University of St. Thomas at No. 6. All are tier 3 law schools on U.S. News’ overall list.”
“In order to include Villanova in the upcoming graduate school rankings, U.S. News asked Villanova’s [John] Gotunda to certify the accuracy of the accuracy of its fall 2010 admissions data in a letter. Here is a copy of that February 10, 2011 letter to U.S. News certifying the accuracy of Villanova‘s 2010 admissions data. U.S. News will rank Villanova in our upcoming rankings and link its name to this letter so that the public has some understanding of what Villanova did and how the school plans to report accurately going forward.”
Yes, a self-interested law school dean informed the publication that the previous administration had KNOWINGLY provided inaccurate info to US News. Then, the same dean submitted a letter “certifying” the accuracy of its admissions data. That’s good enough for Bob. You are one gullible fool, Morse. Actually, the term willfully ignorant is more accurate. Let’s ask the bank robber to send us a letter certifying that the money in the big sack belongs to him.
As you can see, US News no longer labels schools as third or fourth tier. Hence, any school ranked lower than 100 will be listed as “unranked.” Apparently, Bob Morse and his fellow eunuchs no longer wanted to offend fourth tier trash cans. That’s okay. I have a hard copy of the 2010 rankings. I will continue to rely on this, when profiling TTTs and TTTTs.
USN&WR will allegedly consider assigning a number to third tier law schools, in it next issue. After trimming his bush, Robert Morse said, “We do have ranking scores for all law schools, but editorially we didn’t want to say ’This is the 188th law school [representing last place].’” If you gave one damn about prospective law students, then you would provide a numerical rating next to each diploma mill.
Lastly, USN&WR no longer lists average law student indebtedness, by school. I understand that US News decided to remodel its website. However, for $ome rea$on, these accomplices to the law school cartel are unable or unwilling to re-enter the debt figures into a database. Check out their response to my email, from 11 days ago.
“From: U.S. News Webmaster
Subject: RE: Reader Feedback: Letter to the Editor
Date: Monday, February 14, 2011, 3:36 PM
I apologize for the inconvenience. Due to the website redesign some links got lost. U.S. News is in the process of restoring these links and plan to have this back up sometime this week.
Conclusion: Robert Morse and his dried-up ovaries are not about to ruin a good thing, for the magazine and the ABA. He does not care that THOUSANDS of JDs cannot find legal employment. He will not be bothered by the fact that many will be consigned to a lifetime of debt servitude. In the end, he simply wants to sell more TTT magazine subscriptions.