Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Third Tier Corroded Waste: Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Tuition: A full-time student at this law school will be charged $33,400 in tuition - for the 2011-2012 school year. Fees add an extra $510 to the tab. No need to sweat these figures. After all, you are making an “investment” in your future.
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, the school claims that the total COA - for the 2011-2012 academic year - will amount to $60,610. One must remember that these “in$titution$ of higher education” only consider living costs, over the course of nine months.
Taking twelve month costs for room, board, personal expenses and transportation into account, we reach a more realistic COA - for 2011-2012- of $68,610. Who wouldn’t want to take out such an amount, for one year of “legal education”?
Ranking: Attending this law school comes at a hefty price. However, the school’s reputation in the legal and academic communities will surely justify the cost, right?!?! Actually, US “News” & World Report ranks this institution as a third tier pile of waste. In fact, it is rated as the 143rd greatest law school, in the United States - in a three-way tie with Loyola-New Orleans and the University of New Hampshire. Hell, Chief Wiggum of The Simpsons has more prestige.
Purported Employment Placement Data: From the commode’s “Career Center”:
"Employers of Campbell Law School graduates include small and larger firms, courts, military, judges, government agencies and offices, public service organizations, and corporations. Our 2009 graduates enjoyed an employment rate that exceeded 92% within nine months of graduation." [Emphasis in original]
Sure 92 percent of this particular TTT class was employed within nine months - and the Yankees just added me to their 40 man playoff roster last week.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average student indebtedness of Campbell University Sewer of Law grads from the Class of 2010, who incurred law school debt, as $121,648. The overwhelming majority, i.e. 92 percent, of this particular class took on such putrid debt, for their third tier “legal education.” This figure does not include student debt incurred from undergrad.
Administrator and Faculty Salaries: We head to page 16 (or 33) of Campbell University Inc.’s 2010 IRS Form 990, to see how well the “professors” are doing, in contrast to the debt-strapped, recent graduates. Dean Melissa Essary “earned” $284,813 in TOTAL COMPENSATION, for 2009. The filing also “shows” that she worked 65 hours per week. Right - and Jessica Alba spends ten hours each week massaging my balls. By the way, who knew that Amanda Bearse had a career, after Married…with Children went off the air?!
Check out these other 2009 TOTAL COMPENSATION figures for Adrian Norman Wiggins “law professors”: Patrick Hetrick, $177,828; Richard Lord, $176,510; and James McLaughlin, $175,689. Apparently, the school is comfortable in claiming that these “educators” are working 35-60 hours per week. I suppose that perusing law.com articles counts as “academic research.”
The dean can best sell this snake oil. In her words:
“As a Christian law school, we strive to develop lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, professional competence, and who view the law as a personal calling to serve others and create a more just society. While our students do come from all faith traditions, they each have one common goal: service to others.”
Try practicing your compassion on current law students, hypocrites. What is Christian or Christ-like about charging students of modest means $33,910 - in yearly tuition and fees?!?! This pile of fecal matter dumps grads out - with an average debt load of $121,648. The dean also makes a big deal out of Wiggins being the only law school located in the heart of the state capital. (At least, those unemployment lines and social service offices will presumably be staffed to deal with an influx of jobless law grads each May.)
As a student at this festering, foul dung heap, you can write onto the presTTTigious Campbell Law Observer. Imagine the influence you can wield, as an associate editor, of a law journal that has about five subscribers, in total.
Here is one of the stated goals, of the Juvenile Justice Project:
"Give juveniles the opportunity to take responsibility for and become accountable for their actions."
Yes, you too can take out $125K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt to become a social worker!! By the way, if you want to be taken seriously for such (low-paying) jobs, earn a social work degree - for a fraction of the cost.
Conclusion: This school is a pathetic and miserable pile of waste. You will not be better served by incurring an additional $120K-$150K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a damn TTT law degree. If you want to go into public interest law, you can certainly do so at a much lower price. Honestly, how the hell can a law firm or non-legal employer keep a straight face, when they see a resume from a graduate of the Campbell University (Inc.) Norman Adrian Wiggins Sewer of Law?!?!
Posted by Nando at 6:12 AM