Tuition: A full-time student at this law school will be charged $30,456 in tuition and fees, for the 2010-2011 academic year. Those attending the prestigious, part-time Evening Division will only pay $22,826 in tuition and fees, for the current school year.
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, the school lists insurance costs of $1,280 per year; $50 in the annual Loan Repayment Assistance Program fee; clinic fee of $170; $1000 for books; and living expenses of $17,142 per year. For a full time student, this additional $19,912 would bring the estimated COA to $50,368.
For $ome rea$on, most law schools only consider living costs for the 9 month school year. Is this because most law students only have living expenses for nine months out of the year?! My guess is that Lewis & Clark is no different. If this is the case, then living expenses for the year will amount to $22,856. This would bring the total COA - for the 2010-2011 school year - to $56,082.
Ranking: According to Ass-Clown Robert Morse and the drones at US News & World Report, this school is the 64th most amazing, exhilarating and spine-tingling law school in the United States. Hell, it’s almost in the top 30% of ABA-accredited law schools. What an accomplishment!
Alleged Employment Placement Rate: I prefer to allow this commode to state its figures:
“Of the 235 graduates in the Class of 2009, 221 reported actively seeking post-graduate work. Of the 221 seeking, 207 (89.6%) reported securing employment and 10 (4.3%) graduates reported enrolling in full-time degree programs.”
Actually, 207/221 = 93.7 percent. (Conversely, if you were including all graduates in this calculation, then 207/235 = 88.1%.) Is that what you would like us to believe?! Also, 10/221 = 4.5%. Is it your claim that a combined 98.2 percent, of those seeking employment, are employed or enrolled in a full-time program?!?!
Claimed Starting Salary Info: This same page SHOWS that only 79 graduates of the Class of 2009 provided salary information. This means that a mere 38.2% of the employed grads bothered to report this info! Why would that be?!?! This being the case, the median starting salary for full-time positions requiring bar passage is $62,000. Imagine what the overall median would be, if all 207 employed members of this graduating class had furnished their salary info.
Law Student Indebtedness: Apparently, the tramps and hobos at US News are still “working to fix this problem.”
Faculty and Administrator Pay: Let’s head over to pages 35 and 36 of Lewis & Clark College’s 2009 Form 990, so we can see discover how well the “professors“ are doing. Dean Robert Klonoff made $265,956 in TOTAL COMPENSATION, for 2008! He received $224,418 in base compensation; $5,000 in bonus and incentive compensation; and $36,538 in nontaxable benefits. Wait, there are more gluttons at the trough.
Take a look at the TOTAL COMPENSATION figures for the following “professors of law”: Edward Brunet, $212,595; William Funk, $200,825; Brian Blum, $189,436; Craig Johnson, $183,661; and Susan Mandiberg, $188,582. “Teaching law” and archaic legal theory can be a very lucrative career, indeed.
As a student at this second tier sewer, you will have the rare opportunity to write onto the nation’s oldest law review devoted solely to environmental law issues. Imagine the reaction when you tell friends, neighbors, employers and beautiful women that you are a student editor at Environmental Law!!
Look at my submission for the Admissions Office “Question of the Week”: “Why does the 64th best law school in the U.S. insist on charging its students $30,456 in annual tuition and fees?”
Look! You can earn a cerTTTificaTTTe in Global Law!! All your childhood hopes and dreams can come true! Yay! Be careful who you inform of your “credential.” You wouldn’t want Salma Hayek breaking into your house, climbing on top of you, running her nails down your chest, and slamming your dome against the headboard, would you?!?!
Conclusion: This school is an overpriced sewage pit. You do not need to take out $100K-$165K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE loans, in order to work in the non-profit world. The school itself notes that only 79 of all 207 employed graduates - from the Class of 2009 - reported their salary to the school. The median starting salary for jobs requiring a law license was not great, i.e. $62,000. Think about those JDs who could not find legal employment - or those struggling to make ends meet, on a toiletlawyer salary. If you simply MUST be an attorney at all costs – i.e. your life will end unless you attain this goal – then go for it. Just don’t say you weren’t warned, idiot.