Thursday, July 28, 2011

Profiles in Duplicity: NYLS Dean and President Richard Matasar


New York Times reporter David Segal blasts the law school industry again, with this piece – which was published on Sunday, July 16, 2011. The article is entitled “Law School Economics: Ka-Ching.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/business/law-school-economics-job-market-weakens-tuition-rises.html

“What I’ve said to people in giving talks like this in the past is, we should be ashamed of ourselves,” Mr. Matasar said at a 2009 meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. He ended with a challenge: If a law school can’t help its students achieve their goals, “we should shut the damn place down.”

Given his scathing critiques, you might expect that during Mr. Matasar’s 11 years as dean, he has reshaped New York Law School to conform with his reformist agenda. But he hasn’t. Instead, the school seems to be benefitting from many of legal education’s assorted perversities.

N.Y.L.S. is ranked in the bottom third of all law schools in the country, but with tuition and fees now set at $47,800 a year, it charges more than Harvard. It increased the size of the class that arrived in the fall of 2009 by an astounding 30 percent, even as hiring in the legal profession imploded. It reported in the most recent
US News & World Report rankings that the median starting salary of its graduates was the same as for those of the best schools in the nation — even though most of its graduates, in fact, find work at less than half that amount.” [Emphasis mine]

In the next paragraph, you can see take a look at MaTTTa$ar’s bravery and honor.
“Mr. Matasar declined to be interviewed for this article, though he agreed to answer questions e-mailed through a public relations representative.”

Later on, Segal blasts Matasar in the mouth – with the following overhand right:

“The jump seems to contradict one of Mr. Matasar’s core tenets.

“Can class size be increased without damaging quality?” he asked in a 1996 Florida Law Review article. “Can class size be increased without assurances that jobs will be available for the increased number of graduates? Can class size be increased without also providing more staff, faculty, books and service? Increase class size? No!”

Did Mr. Matasar change his mind?
In an e-mail, he cited the unpredictability of yield rates, which is the percent of students who accept an offer of admission. There was more than one year of yield surprises under Mr. Matasar, the largest of which came in 2009, when the incoming class leapt by 171 students.”
[Emphasis mine]

Yes, what a man of integrity and unyielding principles, huh?!?!

http://www.nyls.edu/news_and_events/matasars_response_to_nytimes

After consulting with others, Richard "The Reformer" Matasar decided to finally respond to the NYT article, on his commode's site. Here is the dean’s conclusion, of his tepid, platitude-filled reply:

“A school is best measured by the education it provides to its students. New York Law School’s faculty provides a terrific education to our hardworking students powered by continued dedication to our core values: embracing innovation, fostering integrity and professionalism, and advancing justice for a diverse society. I am proud to serve at New York Law School. I am confident that the New York Law School community will continue to press to improve the Law School, to have graduates who will take action on behalf of their clients, and to accomplish all that we are capable of accomplishing.”

Wrong, Ass-Clown. A school must be measured by the job prospects it provides its paying customers, i.e. students and graduates. Honestly, a supposedly stellar or superb “legal education” does not mean much – if the student is tied down with tons of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, and faces anemic employment outlook. What the hell is the point of taking out an additional $119,437 in law school debt, for a TTT law degree, if it does not lead to decent employment?!?! In your own words, pig, from January 2009:

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/law_dean_says_schools_exploiting_students_who_dont_succeed

“We own our students' outcomes," Matasar said at the AALS program. "We took them. We took their money. We live on their money. … And if they don't have a good outcome in life, we're exploiting them. It's our responsibility to own the outcomes of our institutions. If they're not doing well ... it's gotta be fixed. Or we should shut the damn place down. And that's a moral responsibility that we bear in the academy.” [Emphasis mine]

http://lawschooltuitionbubble.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/the-lemmings-are-all-right-richard-matasar-responds-to-david-segal/

Law School Tuition Bubble has shown that Matasar’s response does not add up.

“So full-time applicants dropped 28% and part-time applicants 11%. Segal didn’t research this, and Dean Matasar has no reason to tell anyone. At some point in 2009 NYLS’s admissions office must have realized there was a problem, and it altered its acceptance strategy accordingly.

Starting with part-time students, it looks like Segal is right: NYLS deliberately accepted more applicants predicting they would matriculate.”

http://www.notolawschool.com/2011/07/poster-boy-postuates.html

Jobless JD also bitch-slapped this “educator.”

Conclusion: In the end, it is so hard to hold onto your stated “principles” when it is so PROFITABLE to continually disregard them!

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2010/135/645/2010-135645885-06d18d39-9.pdf

On page 18 of New York Law Sewer's 2010 IRS Form 990, you will note that Richard Matasar made $519,238 in straight salary, i.e. no other compensation - for 2009!!!

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2009/135/645/2009-135645885-05ef0444-9.pdf

Head to page 17 of this sweltering commode’s 2009 Form 990. It shows that this “reformer” also raked in $495,122 in compensation, for 2008. In fact, check out page 2 of this tax document, and focus on lines 20-22. As you can see, this independent, "non-profit" cess pool had $393,215,054 in total end-of-year assets - balanced by $194,524,797 in total end-of-year liabilities. This means that this THIRD TIER SEWAGE PIT had $198,690,257 in total net assets - at the end of this particular tax year. See how profitable it can be to run a "non-profit" corporation masquerading as an "institution of higher learning"?!?!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Profiles in Passing the Buck: ABA “President” and Mouthpiece Stephen Zack


Pig Boy’s Correspondence With Barbara Boxer

http://boxer.senate.gov/en/press/releases/033111b.cfm

On March 31, 2011, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer demanded that the ABA provide accurate info to law school applicants.

http://www.abajournal.com/files/Boxer_cover_letter.pdf

On April 27th, ABA head Stephen Zack replied to Boxer’s request. It contains little of substance. Take a look at this platitude:

“No one could be more focused on the future of our next generation of lawyers than the ABA and the legal profession for whom we speak," Zack wrote. "An interest in pursuing justice should not leave someone with a life shadowed by overwhelming debt."

Of course, the puppet does nothing to lessen the debt burden of recent law grads. In the next paragraph, Zack adds:

“Much of the issue is about students making informed, smart choices, and the ABA distributes information that can help.”

Do you see how this tub of lard puts the onus entirely on the law student?! What a beacon of integrity and ethics, huh?!?!

http://boxer.senate.gov/en/press/releases/052011.cfm

On May 20, 2011, Boxer issued this follow-up letter to Stephen Zack and the ABA. Here is an excerpt, where the senator mentions the need for independent oversight of law school data:

“It is troubling that the recommendations do not address the need for independent oversight of the data law school deans submit to the ABA and publications like U.S. News and World Report. The Section’s recommendations would allow law schools to continue to submit unaudited data, despite the fact that a lack of oversight has been identified by many observers as a major problem.” [Emphasis mine]

Spineless Zack’s Interaction With Charles Grassley

On July 11, 2011, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley sent this five page letter - which includes 31 questions for the ABA - to Zack:

http://grassley.senate.gov/about/upload/2011-07-11-Grassley-to-ABA.pdf

“Given the questions being raised by the increase of the number of law schools, the increase in graduate debt, and the decrease in graduate job prospects, this raises concerns regarding the ABA’s internal controls. As the Ranking Member of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, I have an interest in the health of the legal profession. To the extent that taxpayer dollars are used, I also have an interest in ensuring that the students who take out federally-backed loans are in a position to pay back their loans and that the default rates on these loans do not increase.” [Emphasis mine]

Here is a portion of the ABA’s July 20th tepid response to U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. Again, Stephen Zack repeats his earlier “stance”:

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2011/07/21/aba-to-senator-grassley-we-share-your-concerns-about-law-schools/

“In this response yesterday to Grassley, Zack said the ABA shares the senator’s concerns. “No one could be more focused on the future of our next generation of lawyers than the ABA,” Zack wrote.

But in this accompanying memo to Grassley, the ABA’s law-school accreditation section said it does not believe law schools offer scholarships as a “bait and switch.” If students lose scholarship funding, it is a result of their failure to maintain sufficiently high grades, the group said.”

That is a huge surprise, isn’t it?!?! Apparently, it is okay for "professional schools" to accept far too many students, for the available number of career openings. Furthermore, this empty suit does not care if schools continue to cook the books, in an attempt to attract more applicants.

Someone Grab Zack a Fresh Tampon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20MDvWzTQOc

Here is a video of Stephen "Pass the Buck" Zack:

"Well, we always need new lawyers. The question is, uh, "Do the people going to law school really understand, uh, what the future of the practice holds in store for them?" What are the real economics of the practice? Everybody watches, uh, LA Law and Boston Legal, and they see in the newspaper reports about these massive salaries paid by Wall Street firms. $160,000 starting salaries.

Well, the truth of the matter is that the mean salary of lawyers around the country is $62,000. And before there is a commitment to, uh, take loans that can be in excess of $100,000, uh, you have to understand what the real economics of the practice of law might be for you, as an individual. And we're asking law schools to better inform potential applicants as to what the real cost of legal education, uh, will be.

For example, you know, what their hourly, uh, credit cost is. And what the standard of living in their given areas would cost over a three year period. So they can evaluate for themselves whether it's worth it to them, and what their liability and risks are, uh, when they graduate."

Once again, you can see that this cockroach is more than happy to place all of the blame on law students. His mother must be very proud. (Yet, shills such as Kimber Russell believe that the ABA should reform the $y$tem.)

Conclusion: In the final analysis, Stephen Zack is a political hack and gutless tool. He serves the interests of American Biglaw. This man does not represent law students or small-time lawyers. Stephen, make sure to check with your bosses - before addressing the following issues: JD overproduction; skyrocketing law school tuition; and the shrinking legal job market.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Stink Pit Central: Fourth Tier Dung Pile Thomas M. Cooley Law School Sues Bloggers


http://www.cooley.edu/newsevents/_docs/2011_07_014_Summons_and_Complaint_startpage.pdf

As many of you are aware, the “non-profit” corporation and in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTion of “higher educaTTTTion” known as Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Tax ID Number 38-1988915, has sued four bloggers for defamation. For some reason, the commode filed suit in Ingham County Circuit Court.

What’s that you say, apologist? Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer is actually rated as the second-best law school in the country – according to its own ranking scheme?! Let’s take a look at the twelfth edition, 2010, guide entitled “Judging the Law Schools.”

http://www.cooley.edu/rankings/_docs/Judging_12th_Ed_2010.pdf

“An extensive, objective comparison of American law schools by a distinguished jurist and a law school president who challenge the subjectivity of the U.S. News & World Report rankings.” [Emphasis mine]

If you head to page 4, you will notice in the foreword, that this 424 page report was put together by Thomas E. Brennan, founder and former president of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and Don LeDuc, president and dean of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. At least, they disclosed this info. I’m sure that these $elf-intere$ted men were very impartial and objective, in publishing this asinine “study.”

Go to page 22 of this PDF, to see where Cooley ranks itself as the 2nd best law school in the land, right behind Harvard! Yeah, sure this is the second most prestigious law school in the U.S. – and Salma Hayek just carved her initials into my back with her fingernails this morning! Now let’s take a look at the rankings that employers actually consider when making hiring decisions.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+8

Ranking: The editors at US “News” & World Report do not quite share Cooley’s opinion. In fact, the magazine lists Thomas M. Cooley as “Rank Not Published.” It failed to make it into the top three tiers, i.e. the vaunted top 144 law schools. As such, it is a filthy, fourth tier pile of hot excrement. What a prestigious institution, huh?!

By the way, the school decided not to hire a Cooley-trained lawyer, for this suit. As you can, see neither of the attorneys named as counsel graduated from TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law $chool. One earned his law degree from Georgetown University, while the other attorney received his JD from the University of Michigan.

I suppose that it is better to hire attorneys who went to real law schools. Then again, Cooley’s rankings scheme rates Georgetown as the third best law school in the land, whereas the University of Michigan Law School is listed as 12th. Perhaps the school was smart (for once) not to hire someone from 30th-rated Stanford or 31st-ranked Duke. By the way, how in the hell is the University of Chicago ranked 5th by US “News” - but listed as 41st best by Brennan and LeDuc?!

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2009/381/988/2009-381988915-0661fd69-9.pdf

Salary Info for LeDuc and Brennan: Head to page 37 of this commode’s 2009 IRS Form 990. There you will see that Don LeDuc, dean and president, made $548,067 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for the 2008 calendar year. The mustachioed 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.

Thomas E. Brennan, founder and former president of the law school, somehow “earned” $368,581 in TOTAL COMPENSATION, for the same tax year. Brennan received $329,198 in base compensation; $19,160 in deferred compensation; and $20,223 in nontaxable benefits. (Under his faculty profile, Brennan is listed as founder, president and dean emeritus, and “professor.” According to his faculty bio, he is also the chairman of the Thomas M. Cooley Board of Directors.) Do you think that these two men might have a financial stake in preserving the status quo?!?!

Stated Mission and School Financial Info: On page 2 of this tax document, the school states that its mission is to “Prepare graduates for the legal profession with practical legal education as its guiding principle and focus” - under Summary. On the same page, 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 is 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. See how profitable it can be to operate a “non-profit educational institution”?!?!

Business Transactions With Interested Parties/Conflicts of Interest: Go over to page 42, Schedule L, Part IV, to check out some interesting “business transactions.” As you can see, “professor” Curt Benson is listed as the husband of Jane Markey, a member of the Board of Directors. How well did he make out?! His “transaction” was in the amount of $168,367 for “salary and benefits received as a faculty member.” I guess this poses no conflict of interest.

Furthermore, Daven Danielson, in Desktop Support, is the son of Brent Danielson, a member of the Board of Directors. He brought in $31,522 for “salary and benefits received as a staff member.” Lastly, Laura LeDuc, daughter of Don Leduc, president and dean of the law sewer, made $4,576 for “salary and benefits received as a staff member.” I remember “law professors” constantly harping on avoiding the appearance of impropriety. I guess that only applies to law students and lawyers, not the faculty. At least, there are no other COIs going on at this school, right? Actually, head to Schedule O, on page 45, where the toilet discloses: “Two members of the Board of Directors are related by marriage.”

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/07/15/qt/cooley_law_school_sues_bloggers_and_lawyers

"With ethics and professionalism at the core of our law school's values, we cannot – and will not – sit back and let anyone circulate defamatory statements about Cooley or the choices our students and alumni made to seek their law degree here," said Brent Danielson, chair of Cooley's board, in an announcement of the suits.”

Yes, Thomas M. Cooley Law School is synonymous with professionalism and ethics, isn’t it?!?!

Conclusion: In the final analysis, Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer’s reputation is lower than fresh monkey feces. The school administrators and “professors” merely want to keep the gravy train rolling. MANY, if not most, of this dung pit’s former students will never practice law. In contrast, the staff and faculty are paid up front, in full. The students, graduates and dropouts are stuck with NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. Additionally, the school will argue that it is providing a “legal education” - not guaranteeing anyone a job.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Moist Beer Fart: Second Tier Marquette University Law School


http://law.marquette.edu/cgi-bin/site.pl?prospective/tuition

Tuition: A full-time law student at MarqueTTe Univer$iTTy will pay $37,570 in tuition, for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. Part-time victims/students will pay a higher rate of $1,500 per credit hour. This Jesuit institution is really looking out for its customers, isn’t it?!?!

Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same page, the school alleges that total COA – for the 2011-2012 academic year – will amount to $56,842. Keep in mind that these trash pits only consider nine-month living expenses. In real life, students must pay for housing/board, personal and transportation costs for twelve months. Doing so, we come up with a more accurate, total COA of $62,852 – for 2011-2012.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+4

Ranking: Okay, Marquette Law charges excessive fees and tuition. However, the school’s reputation will justify the cost, right?!?! US “News” & World Report lists this commode as the 95th greatest, most fantastic, amazing, exhilarating, and prestigious law school in the nation! For the delusional optimist, this is the second best law school in the State of Wisconsin.

http://law.marquette.edu/cgi-bin/site.pl?2130&pageID=2171

Purported Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: This dung heap claims that 88.94 percent of its Class of 2010 was employed – presumably within nine months of graduation. According to the school, 81.86% of these grads were employed in full-time positions, while 7.08% were working part-time. Yes, this school is worth every dime in tuition, isn’t it?!?!

Furthermore, Marquette asserts that the overall average starting salary was $62,703 - with a median initial salary of $54,250. The school provides the following: “Salary information was reported for 61.7% of all employed members of the graduating class.” When Marquette JDs who are now selling insurance or working the ticket booth at Miller Park choose not to furnish their dismal salaries to the school, it helps the commode.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+3

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Marquette JD Class of 2010 who incurred debt for law school - as $110,147. Fully 90% of this private toilet’s 2010 graduating class took on such debt. This figure does not include debt from undergrad.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2009/390/806/2009-390806251-06185209-9.pdf

Administrator Salaries: Head to page 33 of MarqueTTe Univer$iTTy’s 2009 IRS Form 990, to see how well the professors and administrators are doing, under this system. Dean Joseph D. Kearney made $287,231 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for 2008. Kearney took in $252,292 in base compensation; $18,400 in deferred compensation; and $15,539 in nontaxable benefits. Does anyone see how “higher education” benefits administrators and “educators”?!?!

http://marquette.lawschoolnumbers.com/

Generosity of this Catholic Commode: Law School Numbers shows that, in 2005-2006, Marquette provided full-tuition scholarships to 4.2% of its law students, while furnishing half tuition scholarships to 4.9% of students. The toilet also offered full tuition plus stipend to 0.3 percent. By the way, apparently the school charged $27,750 - in full time tuition - for 2006-2007.

http://www.jsonline.com/multimedia/photos/101522984.html

Marquette’s New Law School Building: Take a look at the slide show, regarding the commode’s shiny new law building.

“Marquette University's new $85 million law school building, Eckstein Hall, is one of the most significant architectural projects in Milwaukee in some time.”

Yes, the school needed a new edifice, which totaled $85 million in costs, didn't it?!?! In the final analysis, the school was trying to improve its ranking with this capital project. Look at the figures above. Apparently, the school feels that it is better to raise $85 million for a new law building rather than pushing for similar amounts of cash, for scholarship money to students. This Wisconsin Law Journal article points out that the new building has 200,000 square feet.

Conclusion: Marquette University Law School is an overpriced toilet that provides its students with TTT job prospects. If one earns his law degree from this dung pit - and chooses to remain in Wisconsin - at least he does not need to shell out thousands more to take the state bar. However, the fact remains that this Je$uit trash pit elects to charge its students $37,570 - for a single year of tuition. That is appalling and reprehensible. The job market is contracting. Of course, this does affect the “professors” - many of whom practiced law very briefly and do not understand the toll that MASSIVE student loan debt will take on a young graduate.

You DO NOT need to take on $115K-$150K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, in order to earn $35K-$55K per year, as a licensed attorney.

http://www.finaid.org/calculators/scripts/loanpayments.cgi

“A good rule of thumb is that your total education debt SHOULD BE LESS THAN your expected starting salary. If you borrow more than twice your expected starting salary you will find it extremely difficult to repay the debt.” [Emphasis mine]

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Profiles in Shameless Ass-Kissing: Andrew Spillane, Marquette JD


Hello, Andrew Spillane. How are you doing today, you slack-jawed, beady-eyed brown noser?

http://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/2011/07/03/how-scam-blogging-threatens-the-law%e2%80%99s-professional-image/

After lamenting the task of landing employment in a down economy, Andrew decides to stick his head firmly up his rectum:

“And then, there are the scam bloggers. These law students and graduates have taken to the Internet to voice their complaints about the cost and quality of legal education. They claim that their schools defrauded them—or scammed them, if you will—into believing that most of the schools’ graduates landed employment in private practice or with the government or in business post-graduation, all implying to them that they would be working as attorneys. But lo and behold, the employment statistics reported by the schools may have been inflated, counting someone working at the law school on a part-time basis and someone working as a barista at Starbucks as employed under their statistics.” [Emphasis mine]

Child, many ABA-accredited law schools have definitely inflated their employment placement rates, as well as starting salary information.

http://abovethelaw.com/2011/02/villanova-law-school-knowingly-reported-inaccurate-information-to-the-aba/

Dean John Y. Gotanda ADMITTED that Villanova University School of Law KNOWINGLY reported inaccurate info to the ABA. How is that for reality?!?!

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/north_dakota_law_dean_says_u.s._news_info_on_clerkships_is_wrong/

Look at how SEVERAL third tier commodes and fourth tier trash pits ADMITTED that their article III clerkship figures are wrong. Of course, the pigs at the University of North Dakota, University of St. Thomas, and Western New England College refer to these as reporting “errors.” For $ome rea$on, those “mistakes” seem to always benefit the schools.

Unlike Spineless Spillane, Paul Campos, law professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, does not mince words.

http://www.tnr.com/article/87251/law-school-employment-harvard-yale-georgetown

“Law schools, however, make it much harder than it needs to be by publishing misleading data about their employment statistics. Many law schools all but explicitly promise that, within a few months of graduation, practically all their graduates will obtain jobs as lawyers, by trumpeting employment figures of 95 percent, 97 percent, and even 99.8 percent. The truth is that less than half will.” [Emphasis mine]

Sissy Spillane then cries that some of the scamblogs are “littered with curse words.” Get over it, and direct some of your ire to the "in$titition$ of higher education" that are crushing students with mountains of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. We are not the ones charging $47,800 for a single year of tuition and fees at a third tier commode. However, the 135th greatest, most fantastic law school in the nation, New York Law $chool, manages to do so. Also, the scam-blogs are not stating that Class of 2010 members in private practice earned a median starting salary of $125,000. Seton Hall University Sewer of Law makes this claim. How is that for professionalism and ethics?!?!

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/andrew-spillane/13/5a9/279

Thanks to scam-blogger Demosthenes, we can see that Andrew Spillane has always been a tool. He earned a “Political Science” degree from Marquette University, in 2008. Wow! That must have been very strenuous. What an achievement! Andrew then managed to graduate cum laude from 95th ranked Marquette University Law School. Yet, by his own admission, he has “struggled to find attorney positions with decent pay.” (At least you did not need to take the Wisconsin bar exam, and shell out more money.)

Furthermore, Andrew was a member of the foul trash pit known as the Federalist Society. This reprehensible organization was started, when neoconservatives realized that Republicans often occupy the Oval Office while facing congressional opposition. Hence, the cockroaches support the idiotic “unitary executive theory.”

Legal Intern
Office of Legal Counsel to Governor Scott Walker
Law Practice industry
February 2011 – April 2011 (3 months)”

What a beacon of integrity, huh?!?! Andrew also worked at Guaranty Bank FSB in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I don’t see where he had any law firm or clinic experience. So much for graduating with honors from a borderline second tier sewage pit, I guess.

Lastly, Andrew, why don’t you ask Gordon Hylton of MarqueTTe Univer$iTTy Law $chool what he thinks of this site?!?!

http://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/2010/07/29/best-of-the-blogs-4/

Back on July 30, 2010 at 9:24 pm, Professor J. Gordon Hylton at Marquette Law School wrote the following, about Third Tier Reality:

“For a thought-provoking (and sobering) blog devoted to the realities of legal education in the 21st century, one should check out Third Tier Reality

http://thirdtierreality.blogspot.com/2010/07/public-law-chool-alarie-univerity-of.html”

In fact, he made this statement on the very Marquette Law Faculty Blog that you claim to thoroughly enjoy, bitch.

http://law.marquette.edu/cgi-bin/site.pl?10905&userID=735

As you can see, Hylton has taught at Marquette Law since 1995. You do want his approval, don’t you?!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Putrid Stench Pit: Third Tier University of New Hampshire School of Law


Today, we head to picturesque Concord, New Hampshire, to highlight a private septic tank. This commode was established as the Franklin Pierce Law Center. By the way, if you want your toilet to recognize a dead politician - while retaining some semblance of respect - do not name it after a fifth tier president.

http://law.unh.edu/financialaid/cost.php

Tuition: Although the school’s name indicates that it is a state school, this is a private toilet. As such, every full-time student at this trash pit will pay $39,900 - for 2011-2012. The school is patting itself on the back for freezing tuition, for one year. The fact remains that is still costs $39,900 for one year of a TTT “legal education.”

Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same page, the total cost of attendance - for the 2011-2012 school year - will amount to $60,081. As you can see, the commode only considers costs over nine months. Since actual students will require twelve-month living expenses, we will calculate out a more accurate figure. Taking such costs into account, we reach a total COA of $66,378 - for one year.

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

Ranking: This school was originally named after Franklin Pierce. Surely, that must help the school’s prestige, right?!?! Well, according to the bitches and hobos at US “News” & World Report, this commode is the 143rd best, most fantastic, amazing and brilliant law school in the United States! It shares this distinction with Loyola-New Orleans and something called Campbell University in Raleigh, NC. Remember, Pierce was only in office for one-term - and is generally considered one of the worst presidents, in this nation’s history.

http://law.unh.edu/careers/students-graduates-employment-statistics.php

Purported Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: According to this page, 85.5 percent of the JD Class of 2008 was employed within six months of graduation. Sure they were - and Salma Hayek just massaged my torso with her bare breasts and lips. Apparently, this third tier dung pile is unable to find placement stats for the JD classes of 2009 or 2010. I guess tuition and fees only so far, right?!?! The commode lists its overall average starting salary, for this class, as $75K - with a median salary of $93,496. Of course, the dung beetles do not provide a breakdown of respondents.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+2

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Univer$iTTTy of New Hamps$hire JD Class of 2010 who incurred debt for law school - as $115,952. Specifically, 89% of this private toilet’s 2010 graduating class took on such toxic debt. Imagine the debt loads of some of these grads, when you take their student loans from undergrad into account!

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2010/020/332/2010-020332032-06d113fc-9.pdf

Faculty and Administrator Pay: Head to pages 17 and 18 of UNH Sewer of Law’s 2010 IRS Form 990, so we can take a look at how well the “professors” are doing, at this dump site. You will note that then-dean and president John Hutson - the reptile retired in January 2011 - made $278,616 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for 2009. Yes, Hutson raked in $247,077 in “reportable compensation from the organization” plus $31,539 in “estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations.”

The following figures represent TOTAL COMPENSATION taken in by UNH “law professors,” for the same tax year: Susan Richey, $196,038; bow-tie and vest-clad Marcus Hurn, $144,196; mustachioed William O. Hennessy, $161,971; Mary Pilkington-Casey, $137,017; and William J. Murphy, $141,658. These people get paid up front, in full - regardless of whether you land a job. Isn’t “higher education” a grand scheme?!?!

http://law.unh.edu/idea/

As a student at this third tier stench pit, you have the marvelous and unique opportunity to write onto the illustrious, prestigious, phenomenal IDEAR The Intellectual Property Law Review. Legal employers and beautiful women will throw themselves at you. Actually, they will likely continue to ignore your sorry ass.

http://law.unh.edu/justice/

"It is an exciting time to begin a legal career as a social justice advocate. SJI assists students in navigating the many resources at UNH School of Law so even first-year law students can use their education to help others." - Erin B. Corcoran, Director of the Social Justice Institute”

Wow! The school has a “Social Justice Institute.” Isn’t that quaint?! Will an internship at this institute this lead to a decent job upon graduation? Keep in mind that “justice” is an over-used concept. The reality is that in the filthy “profession” of law, those with money, power and influence usually win - even if they are guiltier than hell. Also, “social justice” jobs typically do not pay well. How is one supposed to repay his monstrous student loans on a paltry salary?!?!

Conclusion: This school is a blight on American “legal education.” It purports to train global leaders in social justice, IP, and commerce and technology. The problem is that law firms, government agencies and corporations are still going to see a JD that reads “University of New Hampshire School of Law.” These employers will not be fooled. They understand that this is the same piece of garbage that called itself the Franklin Pierce Law Center, for decades. A scrawny geek has a higher likelihood of banging Rihanna than your chances at becoming a “global leader,” after graduating from this dung heap.

Friday, July 1, 2011

TTT Dean/Cockroach Richard Matasar Stepping Down from New York Law School


Who doesn’t like to grill a pig over the Fourth of July weekend?

http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202498790839&Reformer_dean_to_step_down_after_long_tenure_at_New_York_Law_School

"Matasar has been one of the loudest voices for the reform of legal education, along with former Northwestern University School of Law Dean David Van Zandt, who left last year to become the president of The New School in New York. Matasar has chastised law schools for not doing a better job of teaching students the skills legal employers want, and has repeatedly warned that the dual trends of rapidly increasing tuition and diminishing job opportunities for graduates make the existing law school system untenable."

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/law_dean_says_schools_exploiting_students_who_dont_succeed/

On January 9, 2009, Mata$ar made the following comment:

“We own our students' outcomes," Matasar said at the AALS program. "We took them. We took their money. We live on their money. … And if they don't have a good outcome in life, we're exploiting them. It's our responsibility to own the outcomes of our institutions. If they're not doing well ... it's gotta be fixed. Or we should shut the damn place down. And that's a moral responsibility that we bear in the academy.” [Emphasis mine]

Of course, the bastard didn’t do anything to alleviate the situation. In the end, these are meaningless words, from a man who made his living by exploiting the idealism and ambition of young students. Actions matter. By the way, look at how academia and Industry appoint their own “reformers” and “rebels.” They assign this designation to those they KNOW will not actually move for substantive change. Remember, these pigs are doing very well under the current $y$tem.

http://www.nyls.edu/prospective_students/tuition_and_financial_aid

Tuition and Fees: For the 2011-2012 school year, a full-time student at NYLS will be charged $47,800 in tuition and fees. Part-time students at this festering commode will only pay $36,900 in tuition plus fees, for the same academic year.

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

Ranking: At such prohibitive costs, this school must have an excellent reputation, right?!?! Wait a moment. As you can see, New York Law Sewer is ranked as the 135th best law school in the land – by US “News” & World Report. It shares this illustrious “honor” with the following four stench pits: Ohio Northern, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, University of St. Thomas, and William Mitchell Commode of Law. Richard must be very proud.

http://www.nyls.edu/user_files/1/3/4/21/CSRS%20Employment%20Stats%20for%20Web%200511%20v1-rev.pdf

Misleading Employment and Starting Salary Statistics: According to this third tier dung heap, 407 out of its 481 graduates, for the Class of 2010, were employed. Using the new formula from USN&WR, only 84.6% of this class found employment, within nine months of graduation. Under the “NYLS Suggested” graphic, 91.9% of the class was employed. This is akin to a guy with a 4.6” penis rounding up to 5 inches. I laughed when I saw that the school noted that 14 JDs were not seeking work, and used “starting a family” as an example. Yes, babies are so cheap, you don’t need any income!

The school notes that the average starting salary – for those in private practice – was $107,343. Keep in mind that less than 107 grads reported their salary to the trash heap. Yes, out of those reporting that they were employed, only 26.3 percent provided their salary info! Do you see how a few successful respondents – from a huge-ass graduating class - can skew survey results?

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+2

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the NYLS Class of 2010 who incurred debt for law school - as $119,437. Furthermore, 93% of this trash pit’s 2010 graduating class took on such toxic debt.

In a phone conversation a few months ago, William Henderson had the nerve to tell me that “Dean Matasar was working hard to improve legal education.” When I pointed out that NYLS is a third tier commode that was then charging it full-time students $46,460 in tuition and fees, Henderson the Pig 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.” Apparently, this “legal rebel” had not done any research before opening his snout – to defend his fellow swine.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2010/135/645/2010-135645885-06d18d39-9.pdf

Matasar’s Salary: Head to page 18 of New York Law School's 2010 IRS Form 990. Richard Matasar allegedly worked 35 hours per week as dean and "earned" $519,238 in straight salary, i.e. no other compensation. Yes, Matasar made FIVE HUNDRED NINETEEN THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-EIGHT DOLLARS as president of this TTT sweltering dump - in 2009!!! Matasar also made $495,122 in compensation, for 2008.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/the-lawyer-surplus-state-by-state/

“In 2009, 9,787 people passed the bar exam in the Empire State. The analysts estimated, though, that New York would need only 2,100 new lawyers each year through 2015. That means that if New York keeps minting new lawyers apace, it will continue having an annual surplus of 7,687 lawyers.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, New York has the largest excess of lawyers, by far. Yes, Matasar was a real “reformer,” right?!?! After all, he said the “right” things. And that is what matters to the managing and ruling classes.

In the final, brutal analysis, Richard Matasar does not give one damn about his pupils, prospective students, graduates – or their families. He does not care that many of these people will be financially unable to get married, purchase a home, or have children. Good riddance, cockroach. Don’t worry about your students missing your portly ass.
 
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