Tuition: For the 2010-2011 academic year, a full-time law student at St. Mary’s will be charged $28,800 in tuition – plus $606 in fees. That is one hell of a sum, isn’t it?
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same page, the school estimates that a full-time $TTTT. Mary’$ Univer$iTTTTy $chool of Law student will have a total COA of $46,566 – for the same school year. However, you can bet your ass the school is only considering the following costs, for the nine-month calendar: housing; board; personal; and transportation.
It seems that actual law students will need to cover such expenses, for twelve months – not nine months. Taking this into account, a more accurate, estimated COA – for 2010-2011 – would be $51,772. Prospective law students need to look at their likely return on investment.
Ranking: The school is pricey, but surely the institution’s sterling reputation will make this a wise choice, right?!?! Well, according to Vagisil Bob Morse and US News & World Report, this school is now listed as “rank not published.” The commode is located in what was – until the evening of March 14, 2011 - referred to as USN&WR’s vaunted fourth tier. Of course, Pussy Boy does not own the term. Congratulations, St. Mary’s University Sewer of Law: your school is a fourth tier pile of waste.
Supposed Employment and Starting Salary Figures: According to Fairy Bob Morse, 85.4% of this commode’s recent JDs were known to be employed at graduation. Yeah, sure they were – and I just struck out Albert Pujols on three straight fast balls. (I suppose many were employed at temp hag agencies, call centers and other non-legal, low-end work. However, this figure still seems highly inflated.) The rag also purports to show that the median private sector starting salary for St. Mary’s law grads was $67,000.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US News shows that the average student indebtedness – for those members of the St. Mary’s JD Class of 2010 who incurred law school debt – was $97,105. Fully 84% of this poor, unfortunate graduating class took on such toxic debt.
Administrator and “Professor” Salaries: Let’s head over to page 32 of St. Mary University’s 2009 Form 990, to see how well the faculty is doing, in contrast. As you can see, Dean Charles Cantu made $264,049 in TOTAL COMPENSATION – for 2008. Yes, this “educator” made $245,837 in base compensation; $14,831 in deferred compensation; and $3,381 in nontaxable benefits – in one year!
He was not the only pig feeding at the trough. Here is a look at how the following “professors” made out, for the same tax year: Robert W. Platt, $222,088; David A. Schlueter, $203,196; Richard E. Flint, $193,613; and Reynaldo Valencia, $170,459. Apparently, it is very lucrative to “teach” the same old drivel, year after year. What a nice little racket, huh?
Generosity of this Catholic Toilet: LSN shows that the school awarded full tuition plus stipend to 0.3% of its students, for 2005-2006. The sewer provided full tuition scholarships to 1.3% of its students, and half-tuition offers to 1.7%, for the same school year. I suppose this (somehow) falls in line with Jesus of Nazareth’s philosophy, right?!?!
“At St. Mary's University, we combine our tradition of excellence in legal education with new programs and methodologies that prepare our students for the practice of law in a changing world. St. Mary's teaches its students the practical skills that enable them to become professional leaders and effective advocates of legal and social justice.”
This Catholic, Marianist commode wants to produce lawyers who will fight for “social justice.” Isn’t that a laudable goal? In reality, how many can afford to do so - when they are strapped down with mountains of student debt?!?!
Some lemmings had nice things to say about this dump. Back on April 3, 2009, TLS user “brenda” provided some much-needed sobriety to this thread:
“As a former student at St. Mary's Law, I beg everyone considering this school to read this post and take it to heart. I am convinced this is the worst school in the state of Texas. Unless you have a job waiting for you when you graduate (i.e.. your dad or other family member is a lawyer and has promised you a job when you graduate), go somewhere else to law school, or do not go at all.
With the exception of possibly medicine (possibly...), no profession is more snobby about where a person got his degree than law. Do not listen to people who say "just get a law degree from anywhere. The school doesn't matter." Believe me, it matters.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: St. Mary’s University School of Law is an overpriced pile of corroded excrement. You DO NOT NEED to take out an additional $100K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a TTTT law degree. Keep in mind that the school sells itself as an institution that produces social justice advocates.
Do not attend this festering waste pile – UNLESS you are receiving full-tuition and a stipend, guaranteed. Even then, I would advise you to stick with your low-paying, dead-end job. Remember, you are better off making $35K, with only $30K in student loans, than you would be making $40K – with $130K in such debt. If you are currently making a decent salary - or have a family to feed - do not attend this filth pit, under any circumstances.