Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Fourth Tier, Private, For Profit Trash Pile: Charleston School of Law
Tuition: According to this page, full-time students attending this cesspool will face $36,774 in tuition and fees, for the 2011-2012 school year. For part-time students, tuition and fees will only amount to $29,566 - for 2011-2012.
As you can see, this dung heap received ABA accreditation on August 4, 2011. Their mothers must be very proud. At least, the bastards did not waste any time before charging prohibitive tuition rates.
Ranking: With such a hefty price tag, surely this school has one hell of a reputation in the legal and academic communities, right?!?! Actually, based on the most recent rankings edition of US “News” & World Report, Charle$TTTTon Sewer of Law is rated as a fourth tier piece of garbage.
Supposed Employment Statistics: Based on this document, the commode asserts that 82.9% of all 2010 graduates were employed or pursuing graduate degrees, within nine months of graduation. In the next sentence, the trash pit stated that 7.1 percent of this class was seeking an advanced degree. To wit, in poor grammar:
“Of the number who reported their employment status, 92.6 percent of students who passed a bar exam and 82.9 percent of all students were employed or pursued advanced degrees within nine months of graduation. The percentage of students who pursued an advanced degree was 7.1 percent.”
Break out your basic math skills, people. This means that roughly 75.8% of this toilet’s Class of 2010 was employed, within nine months of graduation. What a great accomplishment, huh?!?! While the school claims that 59.7% of those reporting their status as employed were working in private law firms, you can bet your ass that this cohort is largely represented by connected children who were not smart enough to get into a better law school. Notice that the pigs did not even bother to include starting salary info.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Fourth Tier Charleston Sewer of Law Class of 2011 who incurred debt for law school - as $129,125. Furthermore, 86 percent of this commode’s unfortunate 2011 class took on such toxic debt. Remember, this figure does not take undergraduate debt into account.
By the way, this for profit trash can receives some support from a non-profit organization named Charleston School of Law Foundation. Take a brief look at its “objectives”:
“The Charleston School of Law Foundation serves as a non-profit organization that promotes the mission of the Charleston School of Law. It works with the law school to support its high-quality legal training and to instill a sense of public service in students.”
Do you see the greedy-ass “law professors” performing their minimal labors, out of a sense of “public service”?! Some may claim to be doing so, but the incredibly high tuition rates and for profit status suggest otherwise.
“As outlined on this informational video about the Foundation, "giving back" is a major theme that permeates the Charleston School of Law. It is one of the handful of law schools in the country that requires students to perform at least 30 hours of public service work to graduate.
"We hope our graduates will share the common value when they graduate that part of their service as attorneys is to give back to their communities and make them a little better," Charleston School of Law Dean Andy Abrams added.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: Charleston School of Law is a recently-accredited trash can that over-charges its students for a fifth rate “legal education.” In its stated goals, the school notes that it wants to develop “public servants.” Keep in mind that if you take this route, for that low-paid outcome, then you will likely incur an additional $130K-$160K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt.
See if your lenders give a damn that you cannot find work, or that your job only pays you about $35K-$45K per year. YOU will be on the hook for the full amount. Seeing that the average law student indebtedness at this rot pile is monstrous, if you attend this school, then YOU will almost certainly be taking out some private loans. Try repaying $80K in loans, at 8.5% interest - while simultaneously paying back your Stafford loans at a lower rate. If you want to help people, at a small salary, then become a social worker - for a fraction of the cost.
Posted by Nando at 6:56 AM