Saturday, May 26, 2012
Fourth Tier Feces Pit: Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Tuition: If you click on the link above, you will be referred to the tuition rates charged for the 2010-2011 school year. Apparently, the geniuses at this commode have not figured that this info is outdated. Based on the rankings scheme below, in-state full-time students will be charged $16,262 in tuition and fees. The same document states that non-resident, full-time tuition and fees amount to $21,212.
Ranking: The tuition at this school is affordable. What could be wrong with this choice?! According to US News & World Report, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall Sewer of Law is a fourth tier pile of moist waste. Bob Morse assigned numeric ratings to schools in the third tier, and now the fourth tier is listed as “Rank Not Published.”
Employment Statistics: The drones and hags at this insTTTTiTTTTuTTTTion have provided a pie chart of jobs for their Class of 2010 - without furnishing an employment placement rate!
Based on this data - supplied by Law School Numbers - the job placement rate for the Texas Southern JD Class of 2010 was 84.5%. Of course, many of these grads were not employed as lawyers. You may occasionally run into one of these poor wretches the next time you see your Applebee’s hostess or AutoZone cashier.
Also, notice that for the same cohort, the 75th percentile LSAT score stood at 149 while a score of 145 would place one in the 25th percentile. What amazing admissions standards, huh?!?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the TTTTexas SouTTTThern UniversiTTTTy JD Class of 2011 who incurred debt for law school - as $32,449. Apparently, 100 percent of this school’s 2011 class took on such rotten debt. While this figure does not seem high, keep in mind that this figure does not take undergraduate debt into account.
Putrid Reputation of the School:
Check out this article from August 30, 2001 posted in Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Here are some excerpts:
“Based on an accreditation review, the American Bar Association (ABA) has criticized Texas Southern University's law school, saying its students are "short-changed." Among other things, the ABA said TSU officials enroll students "incapable" of finishing law school and passing the state bar exam.
The criticism against TSU's Thurgood Marshall School of Law reignites debate about the school's historic mission of offering legal education to students who might not otherwise have that chance because their test scores and grades are lower than others.” [Emphasis mine]
Did the ABA cockroaches bother to act in the interests of these short-changed students?!?! Later in the piece, we find this gem:
“Yet, in recent years, Thurgood Marshall has consistently ranked last among the state's nine law schools in bar exam passage. This past February, only 36 percent of TSU law graduates taking the test for the first time passed. Meanwhile, 69 percent of all first-time test takers statewide passed.
"Thurgood Marshall School of Law is at a critical juncture," the Chicago-based ABA said in a report. "The law school ... claims to be a national leader ... but that is vastly overstated. The attrition rate is unconscionably high. The faculty and administration of Thurgood Marshall (should) engage in some serious soul searching about the future and put together a carefully crafted, realistic action plan to get there." [Emphasis mine]
What an impressive bar passage rate, huh?!?! Of course, the pigs and rodents at the American Bar Association did not shut this commode down. Then again, the ABA would likely not blink an eye if an accredited law school started admitting people with IQs in the low-to-mid 80s.
Conclusion: Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall Sewer of Law is a pathetic trash heap. If this is the best school that you can get into, then you need to accept the fact that you don’t have a legal career. In the final analysis, one’s opportunities in this “profession” are largely set the moment that you first step in the front doors - not after your first semester. The name brand of the institution that you attend matters greatly, in this GLUTTED field.
Providing a “legal education” to those who otherwise would not be able to gain admission to an ABA school - due to low grades and LSAT score - is not a noble gesture. How will these men and women be served with additional, NON-DISCHARGEABLE student debt and weak-ass job prospects?!?! Remember that these students and graduates have also essentially taken themselves out of the full-time labor market for three years, while undertaking this venture.
Posted by Nando at 8:15 AM