Monday, April 23, 2012
Third Tier Trash Pile: Texas Tech University School of Law
Tuition: For the 2011-2012 school year, Texas residents entering this dung heap as first year, full time law students were charged $22,339 in tuition and fees. Non-resident, full-time law students - who chose to live in Texas for three years, starting in Fall 2011 - were hit with a big-ass tuition and fee figure of $30,829. Who says that public schools are affordable?!?! Also, apparently these pigs cannot be bothered to post their 2012-2013 tuition rates online, as of today’s date.
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, the school estimates that room and board, books and supplies, transportation and miscellaneous expenses will add up to another $14,372. These costs seem ridiculously low. For example, the school published nine-month transportation costs as $2,000, while room and board comes out to $8,606. Did the school determine that the average TTTexa$ TTTech law student would be living with five roommates - or in a broom closet - and subsisting entirely on Ramen noodles and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?!
Regardless, I will determine a twelve month total, relying on this commode’s nine month figures - since actual law students will require expenses, over the course of the entire year. I will not change the amount for books and supplies, since most students will not take summer courses. As such, we can calculate a more accurate total COA - for those who matriculated during the 2011-2012 school year - as $41,102 for Texas residents and $49,592.
Ranking: With such costs, surely the school’s reputation must be pretty formidable, right?!?! Well, some vagina named Bob Morse at US “News” & World Report ranks Texas Tech University Sewer of Law as the 101st most magnificent and prestigious law school in the land. In fact, this particular ranking is so phenomenal, Morse also conferred this ranking on four other commodes, i.e. St. Louis University, University of the Pacific, Villanova, and West Virginia.
Supposed Employment Placement and Starting Salary Data: The school asserts, in its March 2011 newsletter, that 97.26% of its JD Class of 2010 was employed within nine months of graduation. Under the section labeled You Should Know…
“Employment Statistics: While other law schools experienced drops in employment statistics for their graduates, Texas Tech University School of Law’s employment numbers are up this year. Professionals in the Career Services office worked closely with students to help find jobs after graduation which resulted in a nine-month employment rate of 97.26% for the Class of 2010, up approximately 8% over the Class of 2009.” [Emphasis mine]
Does anyone with an IQ above room temperature believe that this third tier commode law school’s employment placement rate legitimately increased by 8 percent, in the course one year, while the nation is in the midst of an economic bowel movement?!?!
For the Class of 2011, the school claims that only 89.5% of this cohort was employed, within nine months of graduation. Imagine that, people! The school (allegedly) experienced a one year bump in jobs, for its graduates - and then it returned to normal levels the next year. That is uncanny, huh?!?!
Scroll down, to look up data under Size of Firm, for the Class of 2011. You will note that 99 reported working in private law firms. (In employed by job type, the school places this figure at 101.) Out of the 99 listed, six were in solo practice, 52 reported working in firms of 2-10 lawyers, 22 were employed in firms with 11-25 attorneys. Only three were hired in law firms of greater than 101 attorneys. Those at larger firms reported their salary data, at a higher rate. This does not come as a surprise to those familiar with statistics, as we know that more successful grads are always more likely to supply their income.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the TTTexa$ TTTech Univer$iTTTy JD Class of 2011 who incurred debt for law school - as $62,561. Furthermore, 75 percent of this school’s 2011 class took on such toxic debt. This figure does not take undergraduate debt into account.
Faculty and Administrator Compensation: Once again, we can thank Collegiate Times, for furnishing salary data for pigs and cockroaches employed as “professors” and administrators - at public institutions. The following data applies for the 2010: William Loewy raked in $301,410, as George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law. Suraya Fortney, who is now a “law professor” at Maurice A. Deane Sewer of Law at Hoftra University, made $276,646 at Texas Tech - for one year’s “work.” Gerry Beyer rolled in $195,360, in his capacity as something called the “Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law.” Lastly, John Kramer “earned” $190,450, as “Professor of Law and Foundation Professor of Commercial Law.”
Conclusion: There are nine ABA-accredited law schools in the state of Texas. Only one of those schools has anything resembling a national reputation. It happens to be located in Austin, not Lubbock. In the final analysis, you don’t need a law degree from a place that people confuse with ITT Technical Institute, a.k.a. ITT Tech. You DO NOT NEED to incur an additional $65K-$90K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, in order to have a TTT credential behind your name.
If you are considering this trash heap, then you need to review the costs and possible - but unlikely - reward or payoff. Law school is a FINANCIAL DECISION. It is one can limit your ability to purchase a home, get married or start a family. In many cases, it can lead to personal ruin. If Boomer swine cry or bitch about looking at this from such an angle, keep in mind that they are greedy dogs who have contributed heavily to many of our country’s economic problems. Look at the salaries of the “educators” above. Do you want to contribute to their lavish income, lifestyle, and pension - by becoming a debt slave?! In the end, these gluttons do not give one damn about your future. They get paid up front, in full - regardless of your outcome. You are left holding the bag of student debt.
Posted by Nando at 7:02 AM