Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Third Tier Trash Heap: City University of New York School of Law
This Garbage Pit is Now Offering Graduating Students an Extra Semester for Free, in Order to Boost its Bar Passage Rate:
On February 6, 2012, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured an article entitled “Bad GPA? How about Another Semester on the House?” Check out this opening:
“Law schools have been under a lot of scrutiny lately, with attention paid to their job-placement data, lawsuits over how they report those numbers, and even a suggestion that they pay students to quit school.
Now, one school is offering some students an extra semester — for free — if they agree to postpone taking the bar exam until February, instead of the usual July test. The City University of New York School of Law offered “a handful” of students a grant in the fall if they agree to sit for the bar exam in February 2013 instead of this summer, the New York Post reported.
The school’s pass rates for students sitting for the bar for first time fell to 67% last year, below a statewide average of 86%, the Post noted. Sanctions from the Bar Association could be implemented if schools have consecutive years with pass rates below 75%” [Emphasis mine]
See how much the law school cares about its students? There is no insTTTiTTTuTTTional $elf-intere$t involved in this decision, at all, right?!?!
ATL’s Staci Zaretsky reported on this story, in a February 3, 2012 entry, under the headline “Which Law School Is Allegedly Paying Students Not to Take the Bar Exam This Semester?” Here is an excerpt:
“So what happens when a law school’s graduates fail the bar exam in such great numbers that it becomes national news? Does that law school hang its head in shame and admit defeat? Or does it figure out a way to game the numbers so that next time, it won’t be so embarrassed?
As with most things having to do with numbers, this law school has allegedly made an ill-advised decision to appear more appealing to the public (and the American Bar Association). This law school is allegedly offering its students money in the hopes that they won’t take this summer’s bar exam. But which law school?
The law school in question is CUNY School of Law, one of National Jurist’s “Best Value” law schools for 2011. Recall that our readers voted CUNY Law as the second-worst law school in the New York metropolitan area.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, this is having faith in one’s “product,” huh?!?! I suppose it is too much to ask/demand that this third tier commode/“institution of higher learning” teach its students how to pass the bar exam – within the first six semesters of full-time enrollment.
Tuition: The garbage pit lists the tuition rate, by semester. For the 2012-2013 school year, New York residents attending this sewer – on a full-time basis – will be charged $13,801.70 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state, full-time CUNY law students will pay a total of $21,801.70 in tuition and fees – for 2012-2013. Many will argue that this is affordable. Keep in mind that students will reside in the pricey New York City area.
Ranking: According to US “News” & World Report, CUNY is the 121st greatest, most remarkable law school, in the country. Their mothers must be very proud of this rousing accomplishment.
Supposed Employment Statistics: The school claims that 81 percent of its Class of 2010 was employed within nine months of graduation. For the JD classes of 2009, 2008, and 2007, the school asserts the following respective job “placement” rates: 90%; 85 percent; and 94.7%. If the Class of 2007 had a legitimate 94.7 percent employment rate, then I started at second base for the Yankees in 2007. For $ome rea$on, the toilet does not list average or median starting salary info. The TTT notes that only 22.55% of the employed members from the Class of 2010 were working in private practice.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: The bums and hags at USN&WR list the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the CUNY Law Class of 2010 who incurred debt for law school - as $70,119. However, only 78 percent of this commode’s particular class took on such toxic debt. This figure does not take undergraduate debt into account.
Conclusion: This ABA-accredited trash can is simply trying to milk this system, for every last drop. By their comical actions, the bastards admit that they are not providing their students with adequate job prospects or marketable skills. Seriously, how do you manage to turn your “experience” reading commercial outlines and briefing parsed appellate legal cases – with rainbow highlighting – into a positive?!?!
Posted by Nando at 7:16 AM