Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Second Tier Pile of Dry Waste: University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law
Tuition: For Nevada residents attending UNLV’s law school on a full-time basis, tuition for the 2010-2011 school year amounted to $20,000. For out-of-state, full-time law students, tuition totaled $33,400, for the same academic year.
Total Cost of Attendance: This same page lists estimated costs of attendance as $17,875 for full-time students – without a breakdown of expenses. Keeping in mind that the sewer only considers costs for the 9 month school year, we can determine that 12 month expenses will amount to $23,833. Fees will add another $838 to the tab. As such, total COA for a Nevada resident attending this law school full-time – for 2010-2011 - came out to $44,671. For non-resident, full-time law students, total COA reached $58,071, for the same school year. So much for attending a “cheap,” newer public school, huh?!?!
Ranking: The cost of attendance is a little steep, for a public law school that has only been around since 1998. Surely, the school has established a phenomenal alumni base and solid reputation in those 14 years of operation, right?!?! According to the dung beetles at US “News” & World Report, UNLV has a somewhat decent reputation. The problem is that it is still ranked as the 71st best law school in the United States. It shares this distinct honor with the following five commodes: Northeastern, Loyola-Chicago, Kentucky, Oklahoma, , and Pittsburgh. Their mothers must be very proud of this accomplishment.
Supposed Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: According to these $elf-reported figure$, 93.2% of the UNLV Sewer of Law’s Class of 2010 was employed within nine months of graduation. Yeah, sure they were – and Salma Hayek just shoved her bare breasts in my face. Then again, the ABA, NALP, and US “News” do not require law schools to distinguish between legal and non-legal employment.
How many of these graduates are stocking shelves as AutoZone, serving drinks at Crazy Horse III “gentlemen’s club” or selling insurance policies at Allstate?!?! Hell, a JD working the bar at Crazy Horse is probably bringing home more money than many practicing lawyers, who graduated from UNLV William $. Boyd Sewer of Law. The school also lists an average starting salary of $71,456, for this particular class.
Average Student Loan Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas JD Class of 2010 who incurred debt for law school - as $76,478. Specifically, 86 percent of this public sewer’s 2010 graduating class took on such toxic debt. Keep in mind that this does not take undergrad debt into account.
Administrator and Faculty Salaries: Since this is a public toilet, we cannot find salary info on Guidestar. However, we can look up Clark County salaries – thanks to local CBS affiliate, channel 8. On this page, we can see that dean John Valery White “earned” $337,321.53 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for 2009. In fact, that was straight salary, i.e. no incentives or bonuses.
You will also notice that Jeffrey Stempel, “Doris S. and Theodore B. Lee Professor of Law,” made $216,105.96 in TOTAL COMPENSATION, for the same year. We can’t forget those 96 cents, can we? He made $204,105.96 in base compensation, plus $12,000 in other compensation. By the way, Stempel teaches “Professional Responsibility.” I’m sure he stresses the need for ethics, morality, pro bono services and “avoiding the appearance of impropriety.”
“The Wiener-Rogers Law Library has a collection of approximately 300,000 volumes or volume equivalents and is the largest law library in Nevada.”
Wow, this school has the largest law library in the State of Nevada! That is phenomenal. Surely, this will raise the commode’s profile further. Oh wait. This is the only law school in the state. By the way, the name of the law library is a harbinger of things to come, i.e. that many UNLV Law students will be screwed over a coffee table, upon graduation.
Conclusion: The Las Vegas legal job market was a haven for criminal defense lawyers, in the 1970s and 1980s. You could graduate from sub-par law schools in Southern California – or from BYU and University of Utah – and establish yourself as a skilled legal practitioner. In fact, lawyers from around the nation descended on rapidly-expanding Las Vegas, during this time. If you were concerned about being a solo attorney, you could team up with a couple of friends from law school, and open up your own firm. The debt load was not bad, either. Those days are gone, Lemming.
In case you have been living under a rock for the last few years, Las Vegas has been ground zero for home and business foreclosures. Don’t be sad, when faced with present-day reality. If you want to prognisticate your level of future of success, just think of Larry Johnson, who played basketball at UNLV. He had a ten year career in the NBA, and made millions of dollars. He only has a Bachelor's degree from the school. Surely, with your higher level of education, you can make serious bank, too!
Posted by Nando at 8:10 AM