Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fourth Tier Pile of Moist Feces: Phoenix School of Law

http://www.phoenixlaw.edu/financialaid/default.asp?PageID=16

Tuition: A full-time student at this diploma factory will be charged $34,396 in tuition – for the 2010-2011 school year. There is also a general fee of $1,570, plus SBA dues of $70. This brings us to a grand total of $36,036, for one year of “legal educaTTTTion.” On the bright side, part-time law students will only be charged $27,516 in tuition, for the same academic year. To be fair, this school does not appear to be affiliated with the University of Phoenix.

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance: The sewage pit estimates that the total COA – for 2010-2011 – will amount to $62,136. Keep in mind that these pigs are only taking living expenses, for nine months, into account. Seeing that actual law students require living expenses over the course of twelve months, and not nine, we will determine a more accurate figure. Taking room and board, transportation and miscellaneous costs - for the full year - into account, total COA reaches $70,107.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+7

Ranking: Do we even need to ask about the school’s reputation? That’s right. US News & World Report has Phoenix Law Sewer listed as a fourth tier piece of trash. (Actually, Pussy Boy Robert Morse has them listed under the euphemism of “unranked.” Let’s hope that Bob didn’t get a rash by shaving his bush too closely.)

http://www.phoenixlaw.edu/downloads/careerservices/2010%20ERSS%20Chart.pdf

Alleged Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: This festering pool of corroded toilet water claims a 97 percent placement rate, for its Class of 2010:

“Phoenix School of Law had seventy-one students in its 2010 graduating class. 97% of this graduating class secured employment, or is pursuing a full-time degree within nine months of graduation.” [Emphasis in original]

Yeah, sure they were – and I put Lauren Graham’s feet behind her ears last night. Keep in mind that this piece of filth received full ABA accreditation on June 11, 2010. The commode also asserts that the median starting salary for this class was $60,000. Who knew that working the register at Sunrider or busing tables at Chili’s paid so well?

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+6

Average Law School Indebtedness: US News lists the average law student indebtedness - for those poor fools from the Phoenix Law School Class of 2010 who incurred debt for a TTTT law degree - as $83,213. For some reason, USN&WR is not aware of how many of these graduates took on such debt.

http://phoenix.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/?whichCycle=0910

2010-2011 Admissions Outcomes: As you can see from this graph, this school accepts students with 2.72 undergraduate GPAs and 144 LSAT scores. Apparently, four water-heads were denied admission. Can you believe this nonsense?!?! The fact that the ABA permits such sweltering toilets to operate SHOWS CONCLUSIVELY that this morally bankrupt organization does not give one damn about students or the public.

This school is part of the Infilaw empire. Look at some of the cockroaches on their board.

http://www.infilaw.com/policyboard.htm

Dennis Archer is a former “president” of the ABA. Rudy Hasl is dean of TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law, and former chair of the ABA Section of “Legal Education” and Admission to the Bar. This division oversees the law school accreditation process. Martha Walters Barnett “served” as ABA “president” in 2000-2001. She was also on the Board of Governors and chaired the ABA’s House of Delegates. Robert K. Walsh has chaired the ABA Section of “Legal Education” and Admission to the Bar, as well as the Accreditation Committee and the Standards Review Committee.

Conclusion: The Phoenix Law School is a disgusting, foul, putrid, rotting piece of excrement that should be avoided at all costs. I don’t care if these dogs give you a full-tuition scholarship to attend their dung heap. Walk away from this turd – and never look back.

This for-profit pile of moist fecal matter only cares about raking in money. These selfish swine plan to do so at the expense of your future. Simply put, this school accepts people who have no shot in hell of ever practicing law. One can be accepted to this commode with a pathetic 2.72 UGPA and 144 LSAT score. Sure, you can add the letters J.D. behind your name, if you graduate from this place. However, is it worth taking out an additional $100K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE student debt - and ending up as a bartender?!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Third Tier Vomit Pile: Vermont Law School



http://www.vermontlaw.edu/x1437.xml

Tuition: A full-time student at Vermont Law School will pay $41,795 in tuition – for the 2010-2011 school year. Who wouldn’t want to take out such massive loans to attend this phenomenal, elite "educational" institution, right?!?!

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+5

Ranking: The cost is prohibitive, but the school’s reputation will more than make up for this, will it not?! Actually, Vagina Bob Morse and US News have ranked this dump site as the 117th most fantastic, amazing law school in the United States. It shares this “honor” with the following other titans of “legal education”: Pace, BalTTTimore, and Texas Tech.

http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Career_Paths/Employment_Statistics.htm

Employment and Starting Salary Stats: According to the sewer of law, “93 percent of the Class of 2009 were employed or in a degree program within 9 months of graduation.”

Sure they were - and Jessica Alba’s ankles locked around my waist after I gave her a quintuple orgasm this morning. On the same page, the commode lists the overall average salary of employed 2009 graduates – who reported their income – as $53,610. Why take out massive loans for a chance to make such an average salary?! Keep in mind that not all employed members of this particular graduating class furnished their salary info. Also remember that successful graduates are MUCH more likely to report their income.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings

Average Law School Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness, for those members of the VermonTTT Law $chool Class of 2010 who incurred law school debt, as $127,914. By the way, only 93% of this class took on such debt.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2009/237/251/2009-237251952-05ba837c-9.pdf

Faculty and Administrator Pay: On page 33 of Vermont Law School Inc.’s 2009 Form 990, we can take a look at how well the pigs are making out, under this $y$tem. As you can see, Geoffrey B. Shields, president, dean and ”professor of law” made $303,321 in TOTAL COMPENSATION – for 2008. Yes, Geoffrey made $278,417 in base compensation, plus $24,904 in nontaxable benefits.

Here are the TOTAL COMPENSATION figures, for the following “professors of law”: Stephanie Willbanks, $187,542; David Firestone, $176,653; Marc Mihaly, $171,642; Michael Dworkin, $166,528; L. Kinvin Wroth, $159,203; and Pamela Stephens, $150,784.

http://vermont.lawschoolnumbers.com/

“Generosity” of the Law School: You can see that the commode of law awarded full-tuition scholarships to 0.2% of its students, in 2005-2006. The school also provided half-tuition offers to 5.1 percent of its customers, for the same academic year. I suppose that the private dump, which is dependent on the generous federally-backed loan system, does not feel that it owes its students any decent financial assistance.

Student Bloggers:

http://vlsjd.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/two-weeks-and-counting/

On April 19, 2011, VermonTTT law student Anya Douglas wrote:

“Wow-two weeks of classes left. I cannot believe my law school career has gone by so fast. I think this has been the fastest and most difficult three years of my life. But, in the end, it will be the most rewarding three years, and will shape how I live my life the rest of my life. I can’t wait to see my family for graduation but it is going to be really hard to say good bye to some of my classmates.”

We’ll see how thrilled you are when you graduate without a job lined up, or when you are told by employers that you are “overqualified” for most non-legal job openings. Also, try re-paying your student loans with this “rewarding” experience.

http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Academics/Journals_and_Competitions/Vermont_Journal_of_Environmental_Law.htm

As a student at this TTT dive, you will have the distinct honor of competing to be on the world-renowned Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. Imagine the world of possibilities that await you, as a future journal editor. Watch as employers climb over each other, in a mad dash, to hire you. Sit back as beautiful women force themselves on top of you. Okay, now it is time to wake up, ass-clown.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/environmental-law-rankings

The Number 1 Ranked Environmental Law Program in the Nation: As you can see, US News has ranked Vermont Law Sewer’s environmental law program as the best in the country. Does anyone really care about such a distinction?! This is akin to a physically unattractive, overweight woman with “a great personality.” Nobody gives a damn.

Conclusion: This school is an overpriced sewage pit. Avoid this dung heap at all costs – especially considering that you will likely be taking out tons of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt to finance this endeavor. Remember that the school lists the overall average starting salary - for its Class of 2009 - as $53,610, whereas the average law school indebtedness was a sickening $127,914, for the Class of 2010. How the hell is one supposed to re-pay these loans on such a salary? Also keep in mind that many of these TTT JDs will come out making $35K-$45K. Lastly, ask yourself if Vermont requires such a yearly influx of additional attorneys.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Haul Out the Waste: Announcing the Second Tier Trash Can Seton Hall University School of Law Annual Award Dinner Dance


[I previously covered this foul toilet back on April 8, 2010. However, I received an email from a graduate of this decrepit, morally bankrupt and rotten toilet a couple of weeks ago. In that correspondence, “Mr. Mutt” included a PDF file of the invitation pictured above. Plus, this particular toilet is worth flushing twice.]


Tuition: As you can see, a full-time law student at this Catholic commode will be charged the un-godly sum of $45,048 in tuition and fees - for the 2010-2011 school year. Part-time students will only be sodomized to the tune of $33,981 for the same academic year. That is a great relief, huh?!

Total Cost of Attendance: Under the worst-case scenario, i.e. a full-time student living independently, the total estimated COA - for 2010-2011 - will be $67,800. By the way, you can be certain that this toilet is only calculating living expenses on the nine-month calendar. Using a twelve month estimate would give us a more accurate total COA of $74,100 for the current school year. What a nice Christian institution.


Ranking: According to the emergency reserve of toilet paper known as US News & World Report, SHU Law is the 61st greatest, most outstanding, exhilarating and fantastic law school in the United States. It shares this “prestigious honor” with five other stench pits.


Self-Reported Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: According to the sewage pit, “The employment rate for the Class of 2010 within nine months of graduation was 86.71% with 98.75% of the graduates reporting employment information. We are proud of our track record of ensuring that our graduates have obtained gainful, meaningful employment. 97.08% of the Class of 2010 graduates known to be employed reported employer type and 51.82% reported salary.”

For $ome rea$on, the commode lists the median salary of those in private practice as $125,000. Sure it was - and actress Jennifer Beals climbed on top of me, spent the night, and just made waffles. Apparently, the career services cockroaches do not include those SHU lawyers working on low-wage doc review assignments, in reaching this figure.


Average Law Student Indebtedness: US News lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the SHU JD Class of 2010 who incurred law school debt - as $112,772. Fully 82 percent of this poor, unfortunate graduating class took on such debt. What a great deal for TTT job prospects, right?!?!


Faculty and Administrator Pay: Let’s head to page 18 of $eTTon Hall Univer$iTTy’s 2009 IRS Form 990, to see how well the pigs are making out. You can see that dean Patrick Hobbs made $339,866 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2008.

Hobbs is not the only "educator" getting fat on the federal teat. Here are the TOTAL COMPENSATION figures for the following “law professors”: the bulbous-headed Stephen Lubben, $311,110; Erik Lillquist, $274,522; Kathleen “Pig Face” Boozang, $272,502; and John Cornwell, $270,345.

Annual Awards Dance Dinner: As “Mr. Mutt” wrote, in his email -

“The event takes place in swanky Short Hills, NJ. But doesn't 'Valvoline' Dean Pat Hobbs keep telling potential students how Newark NJ is undergoing a 'Renaissance'? Yet this oily music man holds his alumni gala in upscale Short Hills. I guess the pretty people who donate $25,000 to sponsor this snob fest may not want to play the 'car jacking' lottery if the event was to take place near the law school's Newark campus. (It is true, car jackings have reportedly been taking place at a rate of 12 per night in Newark). Notice how recent law graduates (class of 2006-2010) get a great 'discount' rate of $150 per person to attend this sewer party! I wonder why this discount is necessary as the schools employment statistics tout 94 plus percent employment and six figure salaries galore!”

One can reserve an individual seat for $250, or a table of 12 for a mere $3,000. However, the cost per seat is only $150 per person for the classes of 2006-2010. Members of the JD classes of 2000-2005 and attorneys practicing in public interest will only be charged $200 per seat.

If anyone is interested in sponsorship opportunities, here is the info: Presenting Sponsor, $25,000; Diamond Level, $20,000; Platinum Level, $15,000; Gold Level, $10,000; Silver Level, $5,000; Bronze Level, $2,500; and Copper Level, $1,000. Presenting Sponsors purchase a front inside cover location, back cover location, or back inside cover location. A full color, full page event program advertisement is also included, as well as two complimentary. Whereas the Copper Level affords you a listing in the TT event program. If anyone wants a digital copy of this invitation, email me at nando9936@yahoo.com.

Conclusion: Seton Hall University Sewer of Law is a festering stink pit. It charges its students in excess of $45K per year in tuition and fees, fills them with “legal doctrine” and dumps them into the FLOODED New Jersey/New York lawyer job market. Then it has the nerve to ask these debt-soaked JDs to donate to this garbage event. Does anyone think that this fundraiser will help keep tuition affordable at this dump?!?!

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Pig in Sheep’s Clothing: Indiana University “Law Professor” William Henderson



“Professor Henderson joined the Indiana Law faculty in 2003 following a visiting appointment at Chicago-Kent College of Law and a judicial clerkship for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit."

As you can see from his faculty bio, Henderson graduated from law school in 2001. He then had a clerkship and taught at Chicago-Kent Commode of Law, before heading to the Mauer School of Law in 2003. He teaches a class on law firms as business models. The fact is this “man” doesn’t know the first thing about business - or how law firms operate. He may have an academic understanding of the situation, but that is the extent of his knowledge. He cannot truly relate to the recent JD, no matter how he tries to come across as “blue-collar” or sympathetic.

Remember When William Henderson Had a Pair?


Henderson co-authored this 2008 IU law review article, with Andrew P. Morriss. It is entitled a “Measuring Outcomes: Post-Graduation Measures of Success in the U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings.” Here is one excerpt, from page 44 of the PDF:

“Publishing reliable school-level information on employment types, employment rates, geographic placement, and salary would inevitably lead to more price-sensitive shopping on the part of prospective students. This information would permit them to make more informed choices. Similarly, it would also push high-cost schools to justify their programs’ additional cost to prospective students, making the market for legal education more competitive…Since our collective enterprise is made possible by their ability to borrow money against their future earnings, the legal academy has an obligation to ensure fair and accurate disclosure to prospective students.” [Emphasis mine]


Who can forget Henderson’s analysis of bi-modal distribution, of starting salaries, for the JD Class of 2008? (By the way, it is interesting to note that there were 43,588 law graduates pumped out of ABA law schools, for the Class of 2008. Yet, only 22,305 reported starting salary info. If those not working full-time and those not in private practice were included in the data, you can be certain that this chart would show an even greater disparity in income, among recent JDs.)


“Enron-type accounting standards have become the norm,” says William Henderson of Indiana University, one of many exasperated law professors who are asking the American Bar Association to overhaul the way law schools assess themselves. “Every time I look at this data, I feel dirty.” [Emphasis mine]

As of January 8, 2011, Henderson still had a set. Fast forward to March 1, 2011:

Henderson’s Quick Transformation from Man to Mouse:


This article, based on the research of Henderson, purports to show that average lawyer salaries are rather high. (Of course, Judas is only counting “employed attorneys” - not solos, small law practitioners, licensed attorneys working at Radio Shack or equity partners.) By the way, William: How the hell can the legal job market be glutted, with scarce jobs, outsourcing and off-shoring at full speed - and yet average lawyer pay is so high?!?!?

During a recent phone conversation, William Henderson had the nerve to tell me that Dean Matasar at New York Law School was working hard to improve “legal education.” When I pointed out that NYLS is a third tier commode that charges it full-time students $46,460 in tuition and fees , Henderson said the following: “What you don’t understand is that most of those students come from wealthy families, so they aren’t taking on a bunch of debt for the degree.”


I suppose this info would come as a surprise to Henderson. US News lists the average indebtedness of NYL$ 2010 graduates who incurred law school debt at $119,437. Fully 93% of this toilet’s particular graduating class took on such debt. William, if you are going to pose as an “expert,” AT LEAST MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE FACTS TO SUPPORT YOUR CASE. Otherwise, you lose credibility.

William “Judas” Henderson is the director of the law school’s Center on the Global Legal Profession. He is FULLY AWARE of doc review basements, falling wages, and the fundamental re-structuring of the U.S. economy - including the legal job sector. Yet, this shill became upset, during a recent panel, when I noted that politics - not unforeseen “market forces” - is responsible for more outsourcing. (I noted that ABA committees are dominated by Biglaw attorneys and “law professors” - and that this decision exacerbated the existing problem, while helping Biglaw.) When I pointed out to Henderson that ABA “Ethics” Opinion 08-451 allowed foreign lawyers AND non-lawyers to engage in American legal discovery, the pig squealed, “I don’t think lawyers should be working to ensure that doc review jobs remain domestic.”

What a beacon of integrity, huh?!?!

In the final analysis, William Henderson has a mere academic interest in the shrinking lawyer job market. He has NO INTEREST in changing the law school model. Who can blame him? He is making a nice salary, under the current $y$tem. Who cares if several thousand JDs each year take on monstrous debt, and face anemic job prospects? Henderson needs plenty of time for his academic research.

This swine is more pernicious than most “law professors.” After all, William Henderson has made a name for himself, by covering the dwindling job market. He has been interviewed several times, on the topic. Apparently, he merely used this “subject” as a vehicle for getting published, in numerous academic journals. I guess Henderson is on track to became a dean somewhere.

By the way, I sent a copy of this entry to Sellout William Henderson at wihender@indiana.edu. We’ll see if this long-winded, aloof academic replies to my email or comments on this entry.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Law Review Article Explores Why the Vulgar Scam-Blogs Are So Effective


The technologically-challenged Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology finally published its most current edition. “Executive administrator” Monica Wittstock said that this volume would be online in mid-January. When I talked to her, I was told that this would be available by mid-February. Oh well. What can one expect from a tertiary, fifth-rate legal journal? Thanks for eventually getting off your ass, Monica.


The lone gem is a piece written by associate professor Lucille Jewel, which is entitled, “You’re Doing It Wrong: How the Anti-Law School Scam Blogging Movement Can Shape the Legal Profession.” Check out this excerpt from page 243:

With regard to the Scam Blog movement, its shock-value approaches to rhetoric would certainly violate the legal profession’s cultural tradition of favoring formal, restrained, and process-oriented debates of legal issues. This Article argues that the good that comes to the profession from Internet culture outweighs the bad.” [Emphasis mine]

Who gives a damn if these sites “violate” the industry’s staid, sterile “cultural tradition”?! In the end, the pigs at the top simply want to control and shape the debate. If you can frame the language and content, then you control the discussion.


As JDU user “MataHairy” wrote, in this thread: “[R]ead your [O]rwell--if you control the language, you control thoughts, at least to some degree.”

The fact remains that the “legal profession” considers itself an upper class bastion. Since its inception, the ABA has been dominated by corporate lawyers. These pigs sought to “sanitize” the profession, by marginalizing those of “questionable moral character,” i.e. foreign-born and ethnic lawyers. See how long it took for the ABA to come around on civil rights.

Take a look at how the organization has always been in Biglaw's pocket. The industry has been highly stratified, largely because of this organization. For decades, Biglaw went out of its way to hold back black, female, Jewish, and other ethnic white lawyers. For an excellent, in-depth, historical account of this corrupt industry, check out Unequal Justice: Lawyers and Social Change in Modern America, by Jerold S. Auerbach.

From page 263 of Jewel's article:

“Regarding those toilets, the Scam Blog movement has whole-heartedly embraced several aspects of Internet culture, including a penchant for norm enforcement through griping, public shaming, and the use of crude and vulgar rhetoric. In the context of norm enforcement through public shaming, the norm the Scam Bloggers have in mind is that law graduates should be able to enjoy a dignified career and maintain a comfortable standard of living while paying off law school student loans. Thus, the Scam Bloggers seek to publicly shame both institutions (law schools) and certain individuals affiliated with those institutions who are perceived to have breached this norm. For instance, Nando from Third Tier Reality routinely publishes “profiles” of law schools with high tuition costs and a low U.S. News and World Report ranking. Full of scatological imagery of overflowing toilets, disgusting sewage drains, and fecal matter, this author does not mince words or images as he holds out these institutions for public shame.”

It is refreshing to see an academic refer to low-ranked law schools as toilets, especially in a law review article.

On page 273:

“While it is not possible to quantify with certainty the effect that the Scam Blogging community had in prompting the ABA to look into reform, based on the chronology of media coverage of the blogs, a strong inference can be drawn that the Scam Bloggers played a substantial role.” [Emphasis mine]

Here is another excerpt, this one from page 276:

“The ideas articulated by the Scam Bloggers have certainly been expressed before in more traditional formats, such as law review articles and papers, but because law professors are speaking to each other primarily in logo-centric and formal fashion, an academic idea often fails to resonate with many members of the profession or public. The Scam Bloggers’ rhetoric, with its in-your-face vulgarity and its narrative approach, is what gives the movement so much of its cultural power.” [Emphasis mine]

The author understands that these blogs have helped attract mainstream media attention to the problem of lawyer oversaturation. We received a large boost when Brian Tamanaha publicly supported our argument, if not our tone. The fact is these blogs gained coverage, largely due to our aggressive style and rhetoric. Having the facts on our side certainly helps, too.

In the final analysis, vulgar simply means “Of or relating to the common people.” What is wrong with that? Again, we are covering a filthy industry filled with reprobates, pigs, bums, cockroaches, liars, and financial goons. We are beating these rats over the head with their own statements and actions. Did you expect a sanitized depiction? That would be intellectually dishonest.

NOTHING on these blogs is as indecent, crass, vile or disgusting as this conduct and behavior, on the part of legal “educators”:


“When I was a candidate for this job,” said Phillip J. Closius, the dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law, “I said ‘I can talk for 10 minutes about the fallacies of the U.S. News rankings,’ but nobody wants to hear about fallacies. There are millions of dollars riding on students’ decisions about where to go to law school, and that creates real institutional pressures.” [Emphasis mine]


Fourth tier garbage pit Touro College Law Center set this lawyer loose on the unsuspecting public, in 2009. Joseph Rakofsky had never tried a case before - so he decided that trying a murder case would be a good way to get his feet wet and gain some legal experience. I know that “law professors” and judges will attempt to put the entire blame on Rakofsky. However, he was “trained” at an ABA-accredited law school by “law professors,” using the archaic Case Method. He was also somehow able to take a capital case, even though he had never conducted a trial.

Now ask yourself, which is worse: manipulating employment figures and committing education malpractice - or reporting these stories, using direct, descriptive language?!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Barbara Boxer Delivers Another Stiff Jab to the ABA’s Beak



On March 31, 2011, Barbara Boxer, U.S. senator from California, sent the above letter to ABA “president” Stephen Zack. Here is an excerpt:

Most students reasonably expect to obtain post-graduation employment that will allow them to pay off their student loan debts, and rely on this information - which may be false at worst and misleading at best - to inform their decision.” [Emphasis mine]

Personally, I do not expect much to come from this letter. However, at a minimum, this will help spread the word to prospective law students, about the realities of law school. If you are a California resident, leave Boxer's staff a message here. If you live outside the state, then call and leave a message at 202-224-3553. Make sure that these policymakers are fully aware of the dire situation facing recent law grads.


Jason Dolin, adjunct law professor at Capital University, wrote a piece entitled, “Opportunity Lost: How Law School Disappoints Law Students, The Public, and the Legal Profession.”

“In my view there are two interconnected problems, both of which emanate from failings in the world of legal education. The first, is that law schools continue to produce large numbers of lawyers, flooding an already drowning market. The second is, that having flooded the market, law schools have refused to teach new lawyers how to swim – how to practice. Individually, the effects of either would be bad enough. Together, however, the effects of these two shortcomings have had a tremendously damaging effect on law students, the legal profession, and most importantly, the public.” [Emphasis mine]


On March 4, 2010, Brian Leiter, law professor at the University of Chicago, reported:

CA Bar President Howard Miller (whose son, by the way, is well-known crim law scholar and U of Arizona professor Marc Miller) writes in part:

“There is notoriously unreliable self-reporting by law schools and their graduates of employment statistics. They are unreliable in only one direction, since the self-reporting by law schools of “employment” of graduates at graduation and then nine months after graduation are, together, a significant factor in the U.S. News rankings — which are obsessed over, despite denials, by law schools and their constituencies....

[W]e need to be transparent with potential lawyers about the cost and benefits of studying law. All law schools need to gather, verify and report, in consistent and specified ways, the employment record of their graduates, as well report on those who may have started, paid tuition, but never graduated. A good place to start is with our own California-accredited and registered law schools, over which the State Bar and the Committee of Bar Examiners have jurisdiction.” [Emphasis mine]

This was written by Miller, then-president of the California State Bar, not an angry unemployed “loser.”


On September 2, 2009, former litigator Dan Slater, came out swinging against the ABA:

The American Bar Association, which continues to approve law schools with impunity and with no end in sight, bears complicity in creating this mess. Yet a spokeswoman, citing antitrust concerns, says the A.B.A. takes no position on the optimal number of lawyers or law schools. So then how about the schools? Can they save future generations of students from themselves?

If it means shrinking classes, don’t count on it. Limiting education is un-American, not to mention anticapitalist, even if many law schools appear to profit from what may charitably be called an inefficient distribution of market information.” [Emphasis mine]

Slater is fully aware that law school is a business. He also has the balls to call these pigs out.


Law firm management consultant Jerome Kowalski published this article, back in September 2010. Here is his conclusion:

“And, indeed, if you have reached this point in this note, in the unlikely event you haven’t already come to other obvious conclusions, here they are: (a) law schools must stop behaving like the beauty schools of 1990 and (b) law schools should make full, fair and candid disclosure to every law school applicant (before they even remit the application fee) and have each applicant sign a document that he or she has read the disclosures and understands them.”


Herwig Schlunk, law professor at Vanderbilt University, wrote an economic paper titled, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be … Lawyers.” He concluded that law school is a bad investment for most students.


Back on June 13, 2010, Brian Tamanaha, law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, noted that the anemic lawyer job market is NOT due to the current state of the economy:

“This dismal situation was not created by the current recession—which merely spread the pain up the chain into the lower reaches of elite schools. This has been going on for years.”


In the final analysis, the word is spreading to prospective law students. As you can see, law school is a lousy “investment” for most students – and not just according to bitter TTT grads. If you are considering law school – in light of all the overwhelming evidence that law school is a bad idea – then you do so at your own peril. By the way, Stephen Zack: wipe yourself, you're bleeding.
 
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