Tuition: For the 2010-2011 school year, a full-time law student at this commode will be charged $26,340 in tuition and fees. By private law school standards, this is actually a reasonable cost.
Estimated Cost of Attendance: The cess pool estimates that the nine-month COA will amount to $49,640 – for the current school year. However, actual students will require room and board, personal and transportation expenses for twelve months. Taking this into account, we reach a more accurate COA figure of $56,473. Who doesn’t have that type of money to invest in their “education,” right?!
Ranking: According to Pussy Bob Morse and US News & World Report, this school is now “unranked.” The commode is located in what was – until Monday night - referred to as USN&WR’s fourth tier. Luckily, Morse does not own the terms “third tier” or “fourth tier.” The ball-less director of US News’s Research Department has simply chosen to no longer refer to fourth tier law schools as fourth tier.
Supposed Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: The toilet’s “career resources center” asserts that 88% of its Class of 2008 was employed within nine months of graduation. Then again, if one is working in the lumber department at Lowe’s, they are considered “employed” for the purposes of US News, ABA and NALP. This is also the case for JDs tending bar at the Lone Star Saloon - or serving as hostess at The River Oaks Grill.
Furthermore, the school claims that the median salary for its Class of 2009 was $71,000. The school does not list the number or percentage of 2009 graduates reported their income. Law schools - beacons of integrity, ethics and morality that they are - love “creative accounting.”
Average Law Student Indebtedness: According to US News, the average student indebtedness – for those members of STCL’s Class of 2010 who incurred law school debt – was $104,862. Fully 91 percent of this particular graduating class took on such NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt.
Law Faculty Compensation: Head over to page 32 of South Texas Commode of Law’s 2009 IRS Form 990, to see how well some of the “professors” and administrators are doing. We will highlight the five worst offenders. For instance, former president and dean of this dump, James Alfini made $384,985 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2008. In this capacity, Alfini made $347,594 in base compensation; $23,000 in deferred compensation; and $14,391 in nontaxable benefits.
Take a look at how the following “professors” made in TOTAL COMPENSATION, for the same tax year: Catherine Burnett, $259,768; Frank T. Read, $297,955; Jeffrey Rensberger, $258,671; and T. Gerald Treece, $270,178. Since this law school is apparently not attached to a larger university, all of the names listed on page 32 are law faculty.
Law School Numbers Profile: According to this site, the commode awarded full tuition and stipend to 0.2% of its students, for 2005-2006. For the same year, the school provided full tuition scholarships to 0.4% of its customers, and half-tuition scholarships to 1.7 percent of the class. As you can see, the school accepts students with 2.95 UGPAs and LSAT scores of 150.
Furthermore, only 80% of the Class of 2005 was apparently employed within nine months of graduating from this pile of smoldering rot. So, in the midst of the "new economy," the fourth tier stench pile actually improved its placement rate. What an accomplishment!
Some poor soul wanted to know whether he should attend this dung heap. On February 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm, TLS user “RSN_M3” provided some gravity to the discussion:
“I work in a BigLaw firm and every single STCL attorney there tells me to go elsewhere.
According to the attorneys:
1) You have to be top of your class to work in BigLaw
2) Recruiting and career services is virtually nonexistent
3) If you're interested in anything other than litigation, go elsewhere
4) UH absolutely has better placement in BigLaw in Houston than STCL, UH dominates the Houston market. Don't let anyone at STCL tell you otherwise.”
Conclusion: This school is a fifth-rate piece of trash that consigns its students and graduates to a lifetime of debt servitude and TTTT job prospects. News flash: you DO NOT NEED to take on $110K in additional, NON-DISCHARGEABLE student debt to work at a temp hag agency - or for The Home Depot. If this is the best school you can get into, then you need to re-evaluate your decision.
Do you want to be a lawyer so bad that you are willing to incur a mountain of debt, in the process?! Are you willing to mortgage your future on this endeavor? If you are undaunted by the prospects of debt servitude - and do not care about the likelihood of making garbage wages - then go ahead. Remember, YOU will be the one on the hook for loan repayment.