Friday, September 23, 2011
Fourth Tier Toxic Waste: Duquesne University School of Law
In February 2010, I featured several of the Pennsylvania toilets, on this blog. At that time, I overlooked this festering waste pile. Kenneth Gormley actually brought this dung heap to my attention, when he wrote this September 16, 2011 op-ed in the PiTTTTsburgh PosTTTT GazeTTTTTe. Thank you for your dishonesty, Kenneth. Here is one excerpt:
“Much of the problem goes back to the notoriously misleading U.S. News and World Report surveys. These "special edition" publications are born of a desire to sell magazines. (The print version of U.S. News went out of business due to financial woes, yet the money-making "best of" editions still flourish).”
However, Gormley was thrilled when his trash pit receive a high specialty ranking, from the publication:
“For the fourth consecutive year, the School of Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program was ranked as one of the best in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.
“It is a great honor for the school to receive this sort of national recognition in an area that is truly at the core of legal education,” said Dean Ken Gormley.” [Emphasis mine]
This is blatant hypocrisy. According to Gormley, the USN&WR rankings are misleading - UNTIL they somehow benefit your particular diploma mill.
Tuition: Full-time tuition at Duquesne University Sewer of Law - for the 2011-2012 school year - amounts to $33,064. The pigs simply could not pass up one last chance to financially screw their students, over a coffee table. As you can see, the commode charges them a $150.00 graduation fee. This must be one last “investment” in their future, huh?!?!
Ranking: At this price, this school must have one hell of a reputation, in the legal and academic communities. If you believe that, then please skip over the rest of this paragraph. US News” & World Report ranks Duquesne University as a fourth tier pile of rotten feces. If you graduate from this dung heap, then be prepared for potential employers to wipe their asses with your TTTT law degree.
Starting Salary Figures: For $ome rea$on, the school's Career Services Office does not even list employment placement or starting salary info, for their recent graduates. I suppose that the school is too embarrassed to list the big-ass starting salaries, of its recent graduates, right?!?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those unfortunate souls from the Duquesne JDs from the Class of 2010, who incurred such debt - as $88,908. Fully 83 percent of this commode’s 2010 graduating class took on such toxic debt, for a TTTT law degree. By the way, this figure does not take undergrad debt, into account.
Faculty and Administrator Pay: In contrast to their debt-strapped students, let‘s see how well the faculty is doing. Page 15 of Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit’s 2010 IRS Form 990 shows that Dean Kenneth Gormley raked in $306,986, in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for the 2009 calendar year. Yes, this pig received $239,024, in reportable compensation from the organization - plus $67,962 in “estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations.”
He is not the only “educator” to financially thrive, by sucking on the federal teat. Nicholas Cafardi, “Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law/Joseph Katarincic Chair in Legal Process and Civil Procedure,” made $233,983 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2009. While “allegedly” working 55 hours per week, Cafardi “earned” $202,327 in reportable compensation from the organization - in addition to $67,962 in “estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations.” See how well “higher education” pays off?!?!
“Law students are struggling to find jobs; this we know. But what I didn’t know until this very day was that law students are also struggling to find the basic professional necessities. Like clothes. That’s right, clothing drives are not just for homeless people and impoverished third-world children. Not anymore.
The good people at Duquesne University School of Law are putting together a clothing drive to help out their first year law students get the professional clothing they need for interview season. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to give your used clothing to distressed 1Ls in need of assistance…” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: Duquesne University Sewer of Law is an overpriced, overflowing septic tank. The diploma mill is competing against 7 other law schools, in Pennsylvania. Lastly, if you want to “serve others” - which appears to be the toilet’s tagline - you simply DO NOT NEED to incur an additional $90K-$130K in NON-DISHARGEABLE debt. We can see that this Catholic waste pile is accepting students who cannot afford suits and professional clothing. (Then again, you don’t need to wear a suit, when you fill out your McDonald’s application.) The school is taking in such students - and yet still charges them $33,064 in annual tuition!! That is reprehensible conduct, and CLEARLY does not fall under the concept of “Christian behavior.”
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