Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Second Tier Hog Waste: University of Arkansas School of Law
Tuition: In-state students, attending this public sewer on a full-time basis, will be charged $11,932.80 in tuition and fees, for the 2011-2012 school year. (The pigs do not mention that the listed costs represent per semester prices.) Out-of-state, full-time law students at this school will pay $24,528.30 in tuition and fees – for 2011-2012.
Ranking: According to US “News” & World Report, the UniversiTTy of Arkansas Sewer of Law is the 84th best, most amazing law school in the nation. In fact, the school landed in an eleven-way tie for the highly-coveted 84th place! Who wouldn’t want to attend such a “prestigious” institution?!?!
Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: Apparently, the school is unable or unwilling to provide job placement and starting salary data. Here is the sewage pit’s description:
“Employment, salary, and bar passage statistics for students, graduates, and employers. As a member of the National Association for Law Placement, we receive statistical information on legal employment throughout the United States and elsewhere.”
According to Law School Numbers, 75.9 percent of this school’s JD Class of 2005 was employed within nine months of graduation. That figure is truly embarrassing! From the perspective of law students and recent graduates, it is horrifying. By the way, LSN notes that a total of TEN law firms participated in OCI - for 2007-2008! What amazing success, huh?!?! With such anemic results, the commode should be ashamed to charge out-of-state, full-time law students $24,538.30 in tuition - for the current academic year. Somehow, I doubt that the faculty loses much sleep over this situation.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Univer$iTTy of Arkan$a$ JD Class of 2010 who incurred debt for law school - as $56,358. Furthermore, 81 percent of this second tier sewer’s 2010 class took on such toxic debt. This amount does not take undergraduate debt into account.
Administrator and Faculty Salary Data: According to this Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article - published on January 18, 2009 at 5:59 am - Cynthia Nance, then-dean of the law school, “earned” $199,100. Lonnie Beard, “professor of law,” made $182,949, whereas dean emeritus Robert Moberly raked in $178,738. These are not outrageous salaries, but they presumably permit one to live quite handsomely in the Fayetteville, AR area.
As a student at this public dung pit, you will have the unique opportunity to write onto the Journal of Food Law & Policy. Imagine how women and potential employers will react when they see this experience on your resume!
If you are interested in seeking a more “prestigious” law journal to partake in, then look no further than the Journal of Islamic Law & Culture. From the school’s description:
“The purpose of The Journal of Islamic Law & Culture is to encourage scholarship and dialog that fosters a deeper understanding of the law and public policy of Islamic religion and culture, particularly as it intersects with Western law and society, including the legal and social communities of the United States. The Journal invites the submission of manuscripts from the legal and non-legal communities, and from Muslim and non-Muslim researchers. The Journal is particularly interested in articles on issues relating to Islam and Muslims in the United States and comparative topics addressing Islam and other religious or cultural traditions.”
Conclusion: The University of Arkansas Sewer of Law is a regional law school - and that is being kind to the institution. While this is the flagship law school in the state, do not expect to make a big-ass salary coming out of this commode. Hell, the school’s “Office of Career Planning and Placement” did not furnish employment placement and starting salary figures, for its recent grads. That ought to tell you something.
In the end, you DO NOT NEED to take on an additional $60K-$85K for a chance to become a lawyer. In fact, if you cannot find a decent-paying job or career soon after graduation, then you will likely be in worse financial shape than before you entered law school. Remember, “higher education” is a commodity in this nation. The “educators” and administrators are paid up front, in full. You, the student and graduate, will be stuck re-paying for this “investment” - plus interest - for the next 25-30 years.
Posted by Nando at 4:55 AM