Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Second Tier Horse Droppings: University of Oklahoma College of Law
Tuition and Fees: Oklahoma residents attending this public stall on a full-time basis will be charged $19,763 in tuition and fees, for the 2012-2013 school year. Out-of-state, full-time law students will be slapped with a bill of $30,188. What an affordable, public “legal education,” huh?!?!
Ranking: At these prices, this institution MUST have one hell of a reputation, right?! Actually, US “News” & World Report ranks the UniversiTTy of Oklahoma Commode of Law as the 82nd greatest, most prestigious and amazing law school in the land. In fact, the toilet shares this rating with the following six law schools: Catholic University of America; Michigan State; Rutgers-Newark; Seattle University; SUNY Buffalo; and the University of Oregon. Their mothers should be very proud.
Supposed Employment Placement and Salary Statistics: The pile of manure claims that 85.9 percent of its Class of 2011 landed full time employment, within nine months of graduation, i.e. 140 members out of 163 total graduates. Under the heading Employment Type, 85 grads reported working in law firms. Fully 50 grads ended up in solo practice or in firms of 2-10 attorneys. In contrast, only two JDs landed in firms of 251-500 people, and a single graduate worked for a firm with more than 500 employees.
The overall mean salary for the 140 graduates reporting full-time employment stood at $56,454. The same figure for those working in government was $47,008; those in business earned an average of $55,801. For $ome rea$on, the school does not take unemployed and part-time employees into consideration. I wonder if that would lower the numbers. What a great return on investment - for giving up three years of your life and full-time income, while taking on more student debt!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the UniversiTTy of Oklahoma JD Class of 2011 who incurred debt for law school - as $74,809. Fully 70 percent of this outhouse’s 2011 class took on such toxic debt. Remember that these figures do not include interest that accrues on the outstanding balance, while the student is enrolled.
Pathetic Law Journals: As a student at this eliTTe insTTiTTuTTion, you will have the opportunity to write onto the American Indian Law Review. Check out the summary:
“AMERICAN INDIAN LAW REVIEW
The American Indian Law Review serves as a nationwide scholarly forum for analysis of developments in legal issues pertaining to Native Americans and indigenous peoples worldwide. Adhering to the traditional law review format, the Review offers in-depth articles by legal scholars, attorneys and other expert observers. In addition, the Review offers comments and notes written by student members and editors on a wide variety of Indian law-related topics.
Each year the American Indian Law Review sponsors the American Indian Law Writing Competition, which is open to currently enrolled law students throughout the United States and Canada. The top three entries are awarded cash prizes and the first place entry is published in the Review.”
Law firms and non-legal employers will not be impressed with this “credential” on your resume. But you will also have a chance to become a student editor of the world-renowned Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology! Take a look at that publication's description:
"OKLAHOMA JOURNAL OF LAW AND TECHNOLOGY
The Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology (OKJOLT) is Oklahoma’s first electronic legal publication dedicated to the study of critical issues at the intersection of law and technology. With OKJOLT, the College of Law joins such top ranking schools as Harvard, Stanford and Duke in setting standards for multidisciplinary scholarship. OKJOLT’s electronic-only format provides for rapid turnaround from article submission to publication. Thus, OKJOLT operates under a rolling schedule and updates its website with new and useful research materials as quickly as they are readied for publication.”
Do you honestly think that potential employers are going to give one damn about this line item on your resume or cover letter?!?! Then again, they will notice the name of the school on your diploma. If the HR manager doesn’t toss your application in the garbage at that point, consider that a small victory.
Conclusion: The University of Oklahoma Commode of Law is a garbage heap. You will not be served well by accumulating an additional $80K-$110K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. In the final analysis, these costs are too high for a mere chance to practice law in Texas or Oklahoma. Your career prospects will be further hampered by the overall contracting legal job market.
Posted by Nando at 7:59 AM