Saturday, August 11, 2012
ABA-Accredited Law Schools "Unintentionally" Published False Data on Average Law Student Indebtedness
ABA Cockroaches Admit That Several Schools “Misreported” Student Debt Figures:
On August 9, 2012, the ABA Journal published a piece from Mark Hansen, under the headline “Law Schools That Misreported Student Debt Figures to ABA, US News Are Identified.” Look at this opening:
“We now know the names of three of the law schools that misreported average student debt figures to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and to U.S. News & World Report.
The three schools—identified in this Wall Street Journal Law Blog posting—are Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Fla.; the University of Kansas School of Law; and Rutgers School of Law-Camden.
All three schools say the misreported figures were an honest mistake. And section officials say they have no reason to think otherwise.
Barry originally reported an average student debt load for the class of 2011 of $41,190, earning it a place in U.S. News' list of the top 10 law schools whose students have the least amount of student debt. The correct figure, Barry now says, $137,680.
The University of Kansas School of Law had originally reported an average indebtedness for 2011 graduates of nearly $42,000. The actual figure, the school now says, is $67,598.
Rutgers School of Law-Camden originally reported an average debt figure of $27,423. The correct number, the school says, is $80,446.” [Emphasis mine]
As I have noted before on this blog, isn’t it uncanny how these supposed “errors” ALWAYS benefit the perpetrators, i.e. "educators"?!?! Law schools pad the LSAT scores and UGPAs of incoming students. These diploma mills also GROSSLY OVERSTATE the number of grads working in federal clerkships. ABA-accredited trash pits even manage to embellish the average starting salary of recent JDs - while misrepresenting their “placement” rates.
How often do you see ABA schools report lower LSAT scores of entering classes - or provide job placement figures that actually understate the nine month employment rate?! Of course, the ball-less pieces of trash at the American Bar Association ostensibly believe that these are “honest mistakes.” Hell, I’m sure many of these dolts and waterheads feel that Bernard Madoff accidentally stole billions from investors.
Ass-Kicking Coverage from Others:
Check out this entry from Paul Campos, published this morning, with the apt title “Character and Fitness.” The piece focuses on law schools furnishing FALSE DATA to the NALP and US “News” & World Report - as it pertains to average law student debt of recent graduates. To be fair, Campos has posted several pieces on this subject lately. Thank you for exposing these bastards, Paul.
“It will be interesting to see what the final law school loan totals look like if and when US News gets around to updating its website (the ABA doesn't publish this data, but its estimate that public law school grads took out loan averages of $75K obviously needs to be revised upwards).
Other schools whose average graduate law school loan totals almost certainly are going to end up being multiplied by roughly three: Georgia State, Southern, Texas Southern, and one I haven't mentioned before, Drexel.”
These schools published average student debt figures that are SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER than the real numbers. Some of these commodes did so for several years. Here is another biting excerpt from Campos:
“Rutgers-Camden and Drexel have done the same thing [misreporting average student debt figures] for at least three straight years, but the ABA (which actually means John O'Brien, et. al.) has already said it's going to take no action against any of these schools, since "sanctions are reserved for schools that make 'persistent and substantial misrepresentations,'" and apparently reporting egregiously fake data to the ABA for at least three straight years doesn't count.
BTW for all you law students and applicants out there, don't think for a moment this means you can "forget" to mention that minor in possession citation you got three years ago. You can be sure your character and what it reveals about your fitness for bar membership will continue to receive the most scrupulous attention from John O'Brien et. al.” [Emphasis mine]
On August 8, 2012, Chelsea Phipps posted an entry on the Wall Street Journal Law Blog labeled “Reports of Our (Low) Debt Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.” Here is a key passage:
“Amy M. Lefkowitz, associate dean for student affairs at Barry Law School, said the error was unintentional. Ms. Lefkowitz said that the school alerted the ABA to the error, but that it hadn’t contacted U.S. News to request a correction.”
What a beacon of integrity, right?!?! Yeah, sure the lie was unintentional - and I just threw a no hitter against the Yankees.
Conclusion: The American Bar Association is a cartel. These pigs are not significantly different from most other criminal enterprises. When they catch their members in the act of stealing from the public and their customers/students, they refuse to punish the rats. Keep in mind that ABA-accredited schools KNOWINGLY PROVIDED FALSE DATA - in a cynical attempt to sell themselves to prospective students. These are not “errors.” Average indebtedness for a graduating class would include cumulative debt incurred while enrolled in law school; it would not be limited to one year of "legal education." If you believe that SEVERAL law schools committed the same honest mistake during the same time frame, then you truly are a lost cause. If the schools are this incompetent, then they ought to be shut down.
These debt figures represent broken financial futures. At such levels, how many of these JDs and lawyers will be precluded from purchasing a home or starting a family? Of course, the ABA pigs and “law professors” don’t give a damn. After all, they are paid very handsomely for minimal “work.” The fact that the commodes furnished false average law student indebtedness SHOWS CONCLUSIVELY that the schools are willing to screw their recent graduates further, for their own institutional and personal gain.
Posted by Nando at 8:51 AM