Tuesday, September 27, 2011

First Tier Toilet Tulane University Law School Gladly Accepts Convicted Murderers

Tulane Accepts Convicted Murderer Into its Class of 2014

From September 14, 2011:

http://abovethelaw.com/2011/09/new-tulane-1l-is-an-advocate-a-writer-and-a-murderer/

“Most of you have probably never heard of Charles Russell, but he was a professor at the Community College of Rhode Island who was murdered in 1992. His attacker served 12 years in prison and admits his guilt.

The man who killed Professor Russell is named Bruce Reilly. After serving his time, Reilly turned his life around and became an advocate for criminal rights and prisoners’ rights. He worked for a group called DARE – Direct Action for Rights and Equality. He is respected by colleagues. He has testified before the Rhode Island statehouse with the credibility of an expert. He wrote an award-winning screenplay. And after a lot of work, he was accepted into the Tulane Law School for the class of 2014.”
[Emphasis mine]

http://restoringdignitytothelaw.blogspot.com/2011/09/on-tulanes-murderer-1l.html

“They gave him an institutional scholarship, too. Apparently U.S. News doesn't factor in felonies.”

J-Dog received one angry, incoherent comment, on that September 16th entry. Based on the tone of his correspondence with Elie Mystal, I wouldn’t be surprised if that remark was posted by Reilly. Recall this story from January 13, 2011:

Ohio Bar Applicant Denied Entry Due to Crippling Student Debt

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

“Ohio State University law grad Hassan Jonathan Griffin of Columbus, Ohio, has a part-time job in the public defender’s office and no feasible plan to repay his law-school and credit-card debt.

That combination means Griffin has so far failed to satisfy the character and fitness qualification to get a law license, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled. The opinion (PDF) upholds a recommendation by the Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness.

Griffin had $170,000 in student-loan debt and $16,500 in credit-card debt. He earns $12 an hour at his part-time job with the PD.”
[Emphasis mine]

If a debt-strapped law grad cannot sit for the bar exam, due to “character and fitness” issues related to his monstrous student debt, how in the hell is a convicted murderer going to qualify?!?! I recognize that this is a different state. However, it is irresponsible for an ABA-accredited law school to accept such a student. I am certain that the commode cautioned Reilly, prior to his enrollment, that he “may not be able to sit for a bar exam.” (I suspect that, Reilly did not warn his victim, Charles Russell.)

American Bar Association’s Standards on Admissions and Student Services

http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/legaled/standards/20082009StandardsWebContent/Chapter_5.authcheckdam.pdf

“Standard 501. ADMISSIONS

(b) a law school shall not admit applicants who do not appear capable of satisfactorily completing its educational program and being admitted to the bar.”
[Emphasis in original]

The again, the ABA does not even take its own “Standards” seriously. Do the bitches and hags even look at these guidelines?!?! Let’s head to the character and fitness standard, anyway.

“Standard 504. CHARACTER AND FITNESS

(a ) A law school shall advise each applicant that there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar and encourage the applicant, prior to matriculation, to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice. The law school should, as soon after matriculation as is practicable, take additional steps to apprise entering students of the importance of determining the applicable character, fitness and other qualifications.”
[Emphasis in original]

For $ome rea$on, the ABA does not require the commodes to take additional steps PRIOR to matriculation. Hell, look at the pathetic language employed, i.e. “The law school should, as soon after matriculation…”

http://qfora.com/jdu/thread.php?threadId=20469#post289426

By the way, if you want to cry and wail, i.e. “You’re being unfair to this guy, who turned his life around,” then leave this site. Look at this JDU thread. The general consensus is that the school is being irresponsible to Reilly, taxpayers, and the public. Do you think that his institutional scholarship – and NAACP funds – will cover all of his tuition and living expenses?!?!

http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsadmissions/index.aspx?id=200

Keep in mind that full-time tuition and fees, at Tulane Law – for the 2011-2012 school year – amount to $43,684!!

http://www.courts.ri.gov/Courts/SuperiorCourt/DecisionsOrders/02-0059.pdf

On the positive side, Reilly has a hell of a lot more experience drafting pleadings than the rest of the class combined.

Conclusion: Honestly, I don’t care whether Bruce Reilly is rehabilitated or not. It is clear that he wants to use his degree to help a class of people, who have violated the rights/ended the lives of others. If he is unable to sit for a bar exam, I suppose that Tulane University Law Sewer will tell him, “It’s your fault for not performing your due diligence, and for relying on our word.” In this particular situation, the greedy pigs may use a friendlier tone.

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:

http://www.duq.edu/law/usnews-2011.cfm

“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.

http://www.duq.edu/law/admissions/tuition.cfm

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?!?!

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

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.

http://www.duq.edu/law/career-services/student/index.cfm

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?!?!

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

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.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2010/251/035/2010-251035663-07354f2d-9.pdf

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?!?!

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/11/will-you-help-clothe-a-law-student/

“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.”

Monday, September 19, 2011

Profiles in Verbal Diarrhea: Fourth Tier Duquesne Law Dean Kenneth Gormley


Dean/Ass-Clown Deposits Some Excrement:

In this September 16, 2011 op-ed piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kenneth Gormley chastises law students and JDs who expect to make $100K and drive BMW convertibles, immediately after earning their diploma. It was entitled, “The law school numbers game: Lawyers should seek justice, not riches.”

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11259/1174985-109-0.stm

“After reading a recent article in the Post-Gazette about the lack of fabulously paying jobs in the legal market, "Students Seeking Legal Career Urged to Go to Top Schools" (Aug. 29), my stomach did double somersaults.

The national economy is in deep distress, homes are being foreclosed, health care benefits are being slashed, average citizens need ethical, competent attorneys to provide affordable legal services more than ever. And we're supposed to worry that a student had trouble landing a job paying $100,000 within a month of taking the bar exam? Pardon my indigestion.”
[Emphasis mine]

Hello, Kenneth. Being a law dean, at a pile of waste in$titution, you must be very familiar with indigestion. Pardon me while I take a plunger to your drivel. Most students are NOT expecting to land six-figure jobs, upon graduation, you intellectually dishonest cockroach!!

“The Post-Gazette writer described entry-level legal salaries of $60,000 as "measly." With all due respect, there are many important jobs -- serving on the legal staff of foundations, working for nonprofits assisting children and minorities, serving one's country in the Navy JAG Corps -- that pay such "measly" amounts. As with new graduates of medical schools who perform residencies at salaries that do not translate into instant condos in Hawaii, these jobs provide experience that is irreplaceable.”

Good luck landing a JAG position, coming out of this festering dung pit. Perhaps, the Duquesne grad was comparing his income, to his overall student debt load. By the way, how many non-profit are paying recent JDs, from low-tiered schools, 60K per year?!?! How many Duquesne law grads have been hired by JAG, in the last ten years, Kenneth?

http://www.duq.edu/law/career-services/student/index.cfm

As you can see, the school's CSO does not even list employment placement or starting salary info, for their recent graduates. Douche-bag - and his cheesy mustache - concluded his op-ed article, with this pile of excrement:

“One can call a legal education many things: difficult, costly, rigorous. However, as long as lawyers use their talents to serve others and to bring fairness to our democratic system, obtaining a law degree will never be a bad investment.”

And you wonder why lemmings continue to apply to law schools, in droves.

Taking a Look at the Numbers:

http://www.duq.edu/law/faculty/gormley2.cfm

Kenneth Gormley is the dean of the law school at the “non-profit” corporation known as Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, i.e. Employer ID No. 25-1035663. I’m sure that we can trust his objectivity, huh?!?! By the way, isn’t it fitting that the company address is listed as 600 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA? On the first page of the link below, you will notice that the university raked in $350,004,351 in total revenue - for 2009!

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2010/251/035/2010-251035663-07354f2d-9.pdf

Let’s see how much this “scholar” makes. For that info, we head to page 15 of Duque$ne Univer$ity of the Holy $pirit’s 2010 IRS Form 990. This document shows that Sewer Rat Kenneth Gormley “earned” $306,986 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for the 2009 calendar year. Yes, this “educator” made $239,024, in reportable compensation from the organization - in addition to $67,962 in “estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations.”

How do you think you earned that loot, Ned Flanders?!?! Do you still want to cry about people simply pointing out the fact that many law students will end up in the red, because they chose to pursue an advanced degree?

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

US “News” & World Report ranks Duquesne University as a fourth tier pile of moist diarrhea. I’m sure Kenneth’s mother must be proud of him - and his mustache. Yes, graduating from a TTTT will work wonders, in one’s job search, right?!?!

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

Furthermore, US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those Duquesne JDs from the Class of 2010, who incurred such debt - as $88,908. Then again, “only” 83 percent of this commode’s 2010 graduating class took on debt for law school. This does not take undergrad debt, into account.

Conclusion: Kenneth Gormley is a pathetic hypocrite, and an intellectual fraud. He makes more than $306K per year, running a diploma mill. He thinks that Duquesne law grads should be happy making $60K, upon graduation. Guess what, ass-wipe? MANY of your graduates are earning much less than $60K per year - working in non-legal jobs, living with family, and scraping by on low-wages and temporary positions.

For those making $60K annually, a figure which is not bad, how the hell is someone supposed to reasonably pay off $100K-$150K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt off - on that amount?!?! Such a person is taking home a mere $45K-$48K, after taxes. Do…you…understand…that?!?! When this ass-clown went to law school, student loans were dischargeable in bankruptcy. However, tuition was a small fraction of where it stands today. For $ome rea$on, this pile of rat droppings forgot to mention that in his little opinion piece.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Open Letter to the JD Class of 2014: Look What You Can Do With a Law Degree!


What the Law Schools State - in the Beginning

During orientation, academic blowhards and ”law professors” invariably defecated the following verbal waste product: “One can do anything with a law degree. Even if you don’t practice law, you can use your education in business, academia or government.” And of course, you were fed this line: “You should think of yourselves as lawyers, from this day forward. You are now getting ready to enter the noble profession.” (It’s so “honorable“ and “noble” that your “professors” decided to run to the safe confines of academia, after practicing law for 1-3 years, right?!?!)

Reality

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/09/13/lawyer-turns-to-stripping-to-pay-bills/?icid=maing-grid7%7cmain5%7cdl3%7csec3_lnk1%7c95292

“Perhaps there's no more illustrative story of the new lay of the legal land than one reported by msnbc.com. As part of an ongoing series on America's economic malaise, the news site has solicited participation from readers about in challenging experiences in trying to make ends meet. One woman who recently wrote in was named "Carla." Carla is a lawyer, with nearly a decade of legal experience under belt. But Carla no longer wishes to give her contact information and real name to her newest clients.

Having yet to even pay off all her law school debt, Carla was laid off in 2009.

"Did I ever think I'd be taking my top off for rent money?
No. I was in my mid-30s and had never danced before," Carla told msnbc.com, who asked the website to use her stage name and withhold her identity. "As a little girl, I never thought to myself, 'I just want to grow up and be a stripper,' or, 'All I ever wanted to do in life is climb in the lap of sweaty stranger and take my top off.'"
[Emphasis mine]

With ever-skyrocketing tuition, you too can take off your clothes, and dance on tables. Make sure to stay in shape, so that you can walk around in 5" heels. This first appeared online, on September 13, 2011.

http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2010/apr/08/trouble-with-the-law-laid-off-attorneys-pursue-new-paths/

“But for 27-year-old Mike Kremen, a law degree landed him a job as an assistant manager at Radio Shack.

Kremen graduated from Pace Law School about two years ago – right when the recession was picking up and the legal industry started to hemorrhage jobs. He’s still waiting for his first full-time legal job offer. He says he might be the only employee in the history of this White Plains Radio Shack who’s passed both the New York and Connecticut bar exams.”

See how well law school paid off for this guy?!?! He was licensed in New York and Connecticut, and ended up making $7.65 at Radio Shack!! This piece was published, on April 8, 2010.

http://www.keytlaw.com/blog/2010/08/law-grad-coffee-barista/

This feature was posted on August 31, 2010. This 26-year-old lawyer served coffee, after graduating from law school. Shannon Hodder graduated from Georgia State University – in the top half of her class. At the time of this video, she owed $60K in student loans, and had sent out more than one hundred resumes – resulting in one interview and no callbacks. As a licensed attorney, she also took part-time jobs and unpaid internships. She lived with her fiancĂ© at her grandmother’s house. She was also making $12 an hour as a law clerk at 15 hours a week.

Employment Statistics and Playing the Game

http://www.nalp.org/uploads/NationalSummaryChartforSchools2010.pdf

Law schools are permitted to count those working at Kmart or Lowe’s as “employed.” However, one does not need a law degree, to work in retail. According to NALP, the JD Class of 2010 had 44,258 members. However, only 28,167 jobs required bar passage. (Not all of these were traditional attorney positions.) This means that only 63.64 percent of this class ended up finding employment in which a law license was required. Furthermore, only 25,654 of these positions are full-time.

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/06/the-secret-to-100-employed-at-graduation-dukes-bridge-to-practice/

“As Duke Law News reported, Duke worked hard to ensure its graduates had jobs. While it didn’t go the SMU route of paying employers to “test drive” its graduates, it does now provide stipends to some of its unemployed graduates to allow them to work for a couple months at no cost to employers. Using SMU’s car metaphor, the law school pays for the gas while Dukies and prospective employers take a little spin. Duke calls it “The Bridge to Practice” program.

It started in 2008 — employing the nine graduates who would have otherwise ruined that nice round 100%. The numbers of participants have increased since then, as the economy has worsened.”
[Emphasis mine]

The eleventh-ranked law school in the land is resorting to these measures. How will you fare, if you are at a third tier commode or fourth tier pile of trash?!?! This article was published on June 10, 2010.

Conclusion: Law schools continue to pump out FAR TOO MANY graduates - for the available number of attorney and law-related openings. Keep in mind that student loan debt, in this country, is NON-DISCHARGEABLE. ABA-approved schools manipulate their employment data, for the purpose of attracting more applicants and students. The pigs then claim that a law degree is highly versatile; this is an absolute lie.

As you can see from the sources above, this job market is GROSSLY OVERSATURATED. This situation has been exacerbated by advances in software and technology. In the end, lawyers are “information workers.” Such jobs are easily outsourced. Furthermore, ABA “Ethics” Opinion 08-451 allows U.S. law firms to hire foreign lawyers and non-attorneys, for American legal discovery. In the final analysis, the ABA and the law schools DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about you or your future. Once, you are out of school, you are no longer their problem. If you cannot find a legal job, these cockroaches will then chirp, “Well, YOU didn’t try hard enough. We provided you with an education, and never promised you a job.”

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fourth Tier Thomas M. Cooley Law School Apparently Adds a Cooley Grad - and Former Cooley “Law Professor” to its Legal Team


http://qfora.com/jdu/thread.php?threadId=20134

On September 2, 2011, at 8:30 am, JDU poster “BigSal” wrote the following:

“On the Western District of Michigan's PACER site, appearances were entered by Cooley's lawyers. They will be represented by Miller Canfield. See http://www.millercanfield.com/

One of the attorneys is a Cooley grad. See
http://www.millercanfield.com/BradSysol

If this is the case, then it appears to be a motivated, to some extent, by public relations on the part of Cooley. Apparently, the dung heap finally figured out that it might be wise to bring in a Cooley lawyer to defend the class action suit filed against it - especially after they hired a Michigan Law and Georgetown Law grad to handle the defamation case, against four anonymous - and presumably broke - bloggers. Keep this Miller Canfield news item, from March 9, 2010, in mind:

http://www.millercanfield.com/news-791.html

“Miller Canfield principal Brad H. Sysol (Kalamazoo, Mich.) was recently named by his alma mater, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, as an adjunct professor of Environmental Law for the May-July 2010 term at the Grand Rapids campus. He’ll continue his practice as a trial lawyer at Miller Canfield.” [Emphasis mine]

http://www.cooley.edu/grandrapids/faculty.html

Surely, Brad Sysol - as a Cooley grad and former adjunct “professor” at the school - will be able to represent Fourth Tier Dung Pit Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer, without passion or prejudice, right?!?! Sysol is no longer listed as a faculty member at TTTThoma$ M. Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus. (Although his Miller Canfield bio shows his teaching experience as: “Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, 2010-present.”) However, we do see an unusual name on the list: Kara Zech Thelen, as a “visiting professor.” There is not a hyperlink to her school bio. Why does the name Thelen sound familiar?!

http://www.mibiz.com/people/education/18002-james-thelen-joins-cooley-law-school-.html

“GRAND RAPIDS – James Thelen was named Associate Dean for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at Cooley Law School. He takes over duties from James Robb, who has been named Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations.

Mr. Thelen was most recently a partner at Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone, where he worked in the firm's Lansing office and handled several matters on Cooley's behalf. He first joined Miller Canfield in 1995, and was an associate attorney in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He was named a principal in 2005.”
[Emphasis mine]

This piece was published on May 18, 2011. He was apparently hired in February 2011. James Thelen was a partner at Miller Canfield, right before joining Fourth Tier Thomas M. Cooley Law School as general counsel. According to this link, Kara Zenk Thelen has been licensed to practice law in Michigan, since 2000. James has hired by Miller Cansfield in 1995. It appears that James joined Cooley, after his wife was teaching there.

Check out Jimmy’s April 28, 2011 email to Cryn Johannsen:

http://alleducationmatters.blogspot.com/2011/04/update-dean-james-thelen-from-thomas-m.html

“Ms. Johannsen:

I write to address your April 27, 2011 blog posting on
http://alleducationmatters.blogspot.com. I note that you have just updated your posting today.

Your report regarding Thomas M. Cooley Law School is, at best, false and misleading; at worst, it is defamatory and actionable. A simple Google search would have demonstrated that the defamatory material passed off as truth – admittedly by your own “hunch” – is nothing but a regurgitated Internet rumor circulated and discredited months ago. (I’ve reviewed too your Twitter feed regarding these allegations, which is stated as fact and is thus defamatory as well.)”


Thelen continued:

“You should immediately remove these defamatory postings from your “All Education Matters” blog page, as well as from your Twitter feed and any other site that you control. I also expect that you will post an appropriate statement of the reason for your retractions.”

By the way, Cryn earlier noted that the rumor/claim - regarding Title IV funds - “might very well be a hoax.” She was skeptical of the tip, and was merely asking someone to confirm whether the claim was true.

http://www.millercanfield.com/news-189.html

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

Scroll down to page 42 of TTTT Cooley’s 2009 Form 990, to see that the diploma factory hires sons and daughters of board members, and that “professor” Marc Benson is married to Jane Markey, a member of the trash pit’s board of directors. On page 45, the dung pile discloses the following: “TWO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE RELATED BY MARRAIGE [sic]” Learn how to spell, by the way.

In the final analysis, Fourth Tier Waste Site Thomas M. Cooley Law School - and its agent, Miller Canfield - hired a Cooley grad to defend the school in the class action suit, in part, as a PR move. (To be fair, Kurzzon Strauss also hired a Cooley grad.) For $ome rea$on, it did not hire a recent graduate. Furthermore, the school feels that it is okay to hire children and spouses of board members. I suppose that “avoiding the appearance of impropriety” only applies to looley grad, aw students and toilet law attorneys. This "non-profit" corporation is a true moral and ethical giant, huh?!?!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Third Tier Corroded Waste: Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law


http://law.campbell.edu/prospective-students/cost_and_financial-aid.html

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”?

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

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.

http://law.campbell.edu/employers/employment_statistics.html

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.

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

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.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2010/560/529/2010-560529940-07012b96-9.pdf

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.)

http://law.campbell.edu/pubs/clo.html

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.

http://law.campbell.edu/pubs/jjp.html

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?!?!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Grab the Wet Wipes: First Tier Toilet Wake Forest University School of Law


http://admissions.law.wfu.edu/about/tuition/

Tuition: As you can see, full-time law students at this private commode will pay $37,940 – in tuition – for the 2011-2012 school year. With required fees added, this figure reaches $38,756. This first tier “in$tituion of higher learning” reaches the combined figure of $38,656. Learn how to add, bitches.

Total Cost of Attendance: The toilet estimates that room, board and utilities, books and supplies, personal expenses, transportation and insurance will add another $19,351 to the big-ass tab. This brings the school’s estimated (mathematically incorrect) COA – for one year – to $58,107.

Keep in mind that these academic cash cows only consider nine-month costs. However, actual law students will require twelve months of room, board and utilities – as well as a full year of personal expenses and transportation. Calculating these costs, we can determine a more accurate, estimated COA – for 2011-2012 – of $63,524. At these rates, you are facing slim odds of capturing a positive return on your investment.

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

Ranking: US “News” & World Report lists this as the 39th greatest, most spectacular splendid, and illustrious law school in the United States. In addition, it is the third-best law school in North Carolina, after 11th rated Duke University and 30th ranked UNC-Chapel Hill. This is quite a prestigious law school, huh?!

http://admissions.law.wfu.edu/about/career-services/

Employment Placement Info: According to the sewage pit’s Office of Career Services, 96.6% of graduates – from the Class of 2008 – found jobs within nine months of graduation. I guess the school does not have enough resources to provide timely information on important matters such as job placement. The pigs also do not list starting salary figures.

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

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” reports the average student indebtedness of Wake Forest University Sewer of Law grads from the Class of 2010, who incurred law school debt, as $93,223. By the way, 83 percent of this particular class took on such toxic debt, for their “legal education.” This figure does not include student debt incurred from undergrad, or in the pursuit of another advanced degree.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments//2010/560/532/2010-560532138-073b1735-9.pdf

Administrator and Faculty Pay: Let’s head over to page 40 of Wake Fore$t Univer$ity’s 2010 Form 990. Dean Blake Morant “earned” $443,856 - in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for the 2009 tax year. Likewise, Steve Nickles, the “C.C. Hope Chair in Law and Management” at this magnanimous institution, made $400,064 in TOTAL COMPENSATION. (By the way, the overall university has a bloated administration.)

Look at the following TOTAL COMPENSATION figures - for calendar year 2009: At least, this academic institution paid its football coach, Jim Grobe, $2,275,545. This “in$titution of higher education” also saw fit to pay its then head men’s basketball coach, Dino Gaudio, a total of $848,773. Additionally, the school shelled out $694,950 to its Athletic Director Ronald Wellman.

http://money.cnn.com/2008/12/03/news/economy/legal_industry/index.htm

“There is concern among law students that getting a job after graduation may be more difficult this year, said Kim Fields, director of career services at Wake Forest University School of Law.

"I do think the jobs are out there, you just have to look harder for them. You have to dig," she said.”

Thanks for that great "insight," ass-hat. Then again, what did you expect Kim Fields, as a leech and shill, to say? Her job is contingent on more people continuing to place their faith in “higher education.

http://abovethelaw.com/2009/05/wake-forest-law-student-the-latest-meltdown/

Did Wake Forest University game the law school rankings?! If this story is true, then it wouldn’t be the first time a first tier law school did so. Check out this May 1, 2009 entry from Elie Mystal.

http://lawpolicyjournal.law.wfu.edu/

As a student at this first-class, first tier septic tank, you have the unique opportunity to write onto the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy. Imagine the reception you will receive when you walk into a local bar and mention that you are the symposium editor. Hopefully, none of the Wake Forest football players find out that their girlfriends tossed their panties at you, when you walked in the door. [Disclaimer: nothing similar to this scenario will occur, if you become symposium editor of this journal.]

Conclusion: This overpriced first tier toilet is contributing to the overflow of JDs and attorneys, in the state. While a decent amount of this school’s grads will enter the legal “profession,” keep in mind that this is still a risky gamble. For instance, Biglaw associates are churned and burned at an alarming rate. Those who do not land such positions must re-pay $90K-$130K of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, on a much smaller salary. Some graduates will not land any type of employment, for some time. Others will work in fields that DO NOT REQUIRE a law degree. These first tier commodes bill themselves as conduits to a career in Biglaw, when in fact, MANY of their graduates will never step foot in such a law firm.
 
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