Friday, May 20, 2011
Putrid, Moist Fecal Matter: University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Tuition: A full-time student at this “prestigious” law school will be charged $39,916 in tuition - for the 2010-2011 school year. Those attending McGeorge on a part-time basis will only need to pay $26,530, for the same academic year.
Ranking: The cost of attendance is steep. Certainly, the school’s sterling reputation will justify this expense, right?!?! Well, according to the rag known as US “News” & World Report, this commode is the 100th best law school in the United States. It shares this distinction with the following trash pits: Syracuse University, University of Louisville, and the University of San Francisco.
Supposed Employment Placement and Starting Salary Figures: As you can see, the commode claims that 89.76% of the members - of its Class of 2008 - was employed within nine months of graduation. However, only 76.7 of this particular graduating class was employed in jobs “requiring bar passage.” This figure also takes part-time positions into account. Yes, these results are definitely worth $39,916 in annual tuition, right?!?!
Furthermore, this stench pit asserts that the average starting salaries for 2008 Pacific JDs working in law firms was $76,561. Keep in mind that out of the 270 respondents who reported being employed, only 134 reported salary info. Who knows? Perhaps they were too embarrassed to report that they were rolling in cash, driving Maseratis and dating models. This particular graduating class had 301 members. Apparently, the faculty pigs feel that California does not have enough lawyers.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: For all of this commode’s shortcomings, at least the school is first tier when it comes to average law student indebtedness! In fact, the school is the tenth best at strapping down its law graduates with NON-DISCHARGEABLE, soul-crushing debt. This is a sure sign of a greaTT in$TTiTTuTTion, isn’t it?
USN&WR lists the average student indebtedness of 2010 McGeorge graduates who incurred law school debt as $128,495. Only 84% of this poor, unfortunate graduating class took on such toxic debt. For those who have severe learning disabilities, this figure does not consider student debt from undergrad.
Faculty and Administrator Pay: We will head over to page 40 of The University of the Pacific’s 2009 Form 990, to see how well these academics are doing - at the expense of the students’ future.
Glenn Fait, law lecturer and Director of the Institute for Administrative Justice, made $250,134 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2008. Jean Purnell, previously listed as dean of the McGeorge Sewer of Law since July 2002, received $200,551 in TOTAL COMPENSATION, in 2008. According to her, she has never been a member of the law faculty. Apparently, the school was confused about her role.
Generosity of the School: According to Law School Numbers, McGeorge $chool of Law awarded full tuition scholarships to 1% of its students in 2005-2006, while providing half-tuition offers to 5.8% of its customers. In addition, 0.4% of these students reveived full-tuition scholarships plus a stipend. By the way, LSN shows that the University of the Pacific had a total JD enrollment of 1,001 students - in 2006-2007.
Global Center for Business & Development: Check out this comic material:
“The Pacific McGeorge Global Center for Business & Development pursues educational, scholarly and practical initiatives addressing the interface between the global economy and the legal profession. The efforts of the Center are a principal reason why the international law program at Pacific McGeorge is recognized as the #15 top international law program in the United States.”
So, you want to contribute to the outsourcing and off-shoring of more legal jobs, huh?! By the way, who gives a damn that McGeorge is (allegedly) seen as a “top 15” international law program in the U.S.? These students will NOT be practicing “international law,” consulting the United Nations, drafting treaties, or advising any of the puppets occupying the oval office.
Conclusion: This commode - located in Sacramento, California - charges obscene tuition, for a shoddy product. In addition, JDs from this school cannot hope to compete against their counterparts at Stanford and Cal-Berkeley. In fact, as this toilet’s employment chart shows, these kids are not in the same league. This swamp pit produces HUGE graduating classes, further saturating the FLOODED California lawyer job market.
Why in the hell would you take on $130K-$160K in additional, NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - for the opportunity to earn $40K-$70K? If your goal is to become a public defender or small-time lawyer, you DO NOT NEED to take out monstrous levels in student loans. This school presents itself as a leader and innovator in “legal education.” If you truly want to practice law, then you should be able to see through this institution’s silly nonsense.
Posted by Nando at 6:36 AM