Monday, August 8, 2011
Another Look at Fourth Tier Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Fifth Rate Lawsuit
Head to the top of page 6 of this 424 page pile of waste known as the Twelfth Edition of Judging the Law Schools, to see how the founder and former dean at Cooley, Thomas E. Brennan, and current dean and president Don LeDuc, reached their results:
“We again offer some observations. Our rankings are subjective in that we assign value to each factor, such as ranking bigger libraries better than smaller libraries. And we give each of the 40 factors equal weight (2.5% each), a decision intended to reduce the impact of any single factor on the overall rankings, which is the fundamental flaw in US News.” [Emphasis mine]
You explicitly admit that your idiotic rankings scheme is subjective. However, you two “scholars” published this report, in response to the subjective nature of the rankings disseminated by US “News” & World Report. Everyone knows that the Cooley rankings were produced, because the festering sewage pit was upset that it is typically rated as a fourth tier pile of buffalo dung, by USN&WR.
In the Table of Contents, you can see that law library indicators account for 10 of the 40 factors. Yes, because legal employers are so concerned with the size of libraries and quantity of seats, right?!?! These ten criteria are: Library Materials Expenditure; Total Volumes in Library; Total Titles in Library; Total Serial Subscriptions; Professional Librarians Rankings; Library Hours Per Week; Library Hours Per Week with Professional Staff; Library Seating Capacity; Networked Computers Available; and Library Total Square Footage.
When you have four campuses, and the largest enrollment of any law school in the country, you are certain to have the largest law library. I’m surprised that these tools did not come up with 15 law library criteria, in their ratings scheme.
"Unfortunately, some bloggers have taken to demeaning our approach, offering criticisms that make it clear that they have read none of the explanatory material we offer and making comments that reinforce their commitment to elitism. And those criticisms universally reject the significance of the factors that the American Bar Association considers most important, if law school applicants are to be informed consumers.” [Emphasis mine]
Does the ABA feel that one should assign the same value to each indicator?!?!
Go to page 212 of this PDF. There you will see how the rankings for Percent Graduates Employed. Keep in mind that this extremely important measurement only counts for 2.5 percent of the overall score. On page 216, note that Thomas M. Cooley is ranked 181st - out of 193 law schools - regarding percentage of employed JDs. The commode lists a placement rate of 78.8 percent.
It seems that finding a decent job would be a HIGH priority for those entering law school. The fact is that this dump does not provide its students and graduates with adequate employment prospects, in comparison to other schools. Hell, the toilet’s own rankings data shows this reality. Page 222 shows the First Time Bar Passage Percentage rankings. Guess where TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law Sewer ended up? That’s right! On the bottom of page 225, you will notice that this dung heap is ranked 160th - out of 191 schools!
Don LeDuc’s Salary: Head to page 37 of this septic tank’s 2009 IRS Form 990. There, you will see that Don LeDuc, dean and president, “earned” $548,067 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for the 2008 calendar year. Yes, LeDuc received $400,000 in base compensation; $75,000 in bonus & incentive compensation; $31,644 in other compensation; $19,160 in deferred compensation; and $22,263 in nontaxable benefits.
On page 2, Section A, Part I, line 9, you can see that the school’s revenue in 2008 was $96,091,697. Of this amount, $44,769,472 went to salaries, other compensation and employee benefits. This information is listed on Part I, line 15. On Part I, lines 20-22, you will note that this foul pile of waste had $231,587,804 in end of year total assets, balanced by $149,977,265 in liabilities. The commode had $81,610,539 in end-of-year net assets. See how profitable it can be to operate a “non-profit corporation” known as an “institution of higher learning”?!?!
As you can see, “RockStar05” noted the following, on JDU:
“Finally, I would like to add that Cooley has not attempted to contact me even once, either through e-mail or through a blog comment on this post.”
He also mentioned that his blog had been receiving about 30 hits a day, prior to Cooley‘s fifth-rate lawsuit. Let’s see if his attorney, John T. Hermann, can flush this suit down the drain.
Yet, the “educator” who made $548,067 in TOTAL COMPENSATION, for 2008, has the nerve to claim that he filed suit to protect the toilet’s students, alumni and reputation. What a man of principle, fighting for the average man and woman, huh?!?!
In sum, the following is beyond dispute: (1) Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer has a terrible reputation; (2) the rankings scheme published by Cooley is a pathetic attempt to enhance its TTTT image; (3) As in Butler University v. Zimmerman, this moronic lawsuit was filed to stifle the views of discontented students and former students; (4) the school received $96,091,697 in revenues, for calendar year 2008 - yet the school is suing four bloggers for $25,000 each in Ingham County Circuit Court; (5) the commode still has the largest enrollment of any U.S. law school; and (6) dean and president Don Leduc “earned” more than $548K in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2008.
Posted by Nando at 5:01 AM