Thursday, February 7, 2013
Hoof in Mouth Syndrome: Don LeDuc, Dean and “President” of Fourth Tier Trash Heap Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Pig LeDuc Spews Forth More Excrement:
On December 3, 2012, a liar named Don LeDuc published a commentary on the TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law Sewer website, under the header “Law School Is Indeed Worth the Money.” Take a look at the following portions of the overall fecal matter that he posted:
“A number of law school deans and I have been defending the value of a legal education against the cynics, the uninformed media, and the mean-spirited bloggers who cry out the supposed horrid future for legal education. Though the naysayers offer no supporting data, no comparison to other professions, and no reasoning, they assert that law school is a bad investment. Nearly all they say is wrong, much of it is intentionally misleading if not purposely false, and all of it is missing in context and perspective. There is no crisis in legal education any more than in other aspects of education.”
Hello, Lying Cockroach Donald LeDuc. How are you doing today, academic hustler?! The scamblogs, social commentators, mainstream journalists such as David Segal of the New York Times, and other critics of “legal education” have provided a mountain range of evidence to support their claim that law school is a bad investment for MOST students. Examples include the following: BLS charts, NALP employment summary reports, ABA graphs, industry statements, state bar data, etc. In stark contrast, the $elf-intere$ted deans and “professors” have not furnished any hard data for their baseless assertions.
Later on, LeDuc continues his deception:
“Shawn O'Connor of Forbes Magazine concurs, saying that "[t]he investment a student makes in [business school or law school] degrees today is likely to produce at least a 10x return over his or her career."
We know that the law of supply and demand has already adjusted the legal market. We also know that the students who enroll in law school this fall and next year will graduate into a market that combines increased demand for legal services at most all levels, an aging attorney base, and graduating law school classes that are much smaller than in years past. In short, there is no better time to enroll in law school than now.” [Emphasis mine]
LeDuc also cites to an idiotic op-ed from Lawrence Mitchell, dean of the Ca$e We$TTern Re$erve Univer$iTTy Sewer of Law, as supporting “evidence” of his position. As is the case with LeDuc, Mitchell has a DIRECT, FINANCIAL INTEREST in persuading young people that law school is still a wise decision.
Also, Shawn O’Connor is a contributor at Forbes; he is not a reporter, as LeDuc implies in his propaganda piece. He also writes articles for US “News” & World Report, where he strongly encourages others to take the LSAT and head to law school. For $ome rea$on, LeDuc "forgot" to mention that O’Connor’s main role is as founder and CEO of Stratus Prep, “a New York City-based test preparation and admissions counseling firm.” The rat CLEARLY has a financial interest in LSAT and law school application process.
Here is Some Hard Data, Sewer Rat LeDuc:
On June 27, 2011, the New York Times Economix blog featured a Catherine Rampell post entitled “The Lawyer Surplus State by State.” The figures were compiled by Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. Look at the following passage:
"According to this model, every state but Wisconsin and Nebraska (plus Washington, D.C.) is producing many more lawyers than it needs. (See table after the jump for full data, and additional caveats.)
In fact, across the country, there were twice as many people who passed the bar in 2009 (53,508) as there were openings (26,239). A separate estimate for the number of lawyers produced in 2009 — the number of new law-school graduates, according to the National Center for Education Statistics — also showed a surplus, although it was not quite as large (44,159 new law grads compared with 26,239 openings). [Emphasis mine]
By the way, EMSI estimates that the state of Michigan will have 862 annual attorney openings from 2010-2015. However, a total of 1,024 people passed the state bar exam in 2009. That represents a SURPLUS of 162 new lawyers. How can you spin that data, Bitch?!?!
Check out this opening paragraph from the NALP report “Employment for the Class of 2011 - Selected Findings”:
“The overall employment rate for new law school graduates is, at 85.6% for the Class of 2011, the lowest it has been since 1994, when the rate stood at 84.7%. In addition to an overall employment rate that fell two percentage points from that for the previous class, and that has dropped each year since 2008, the Class of 2011 employment figures reveal a job market with many underlying structural weaknesses. The employment profile for this class also marks a continued interruption of employment patterns for new law school graduates that had, prior to 2010, been undisturbed for decades.” [Emphasis mine]
Courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, via the Occupational Outlook Handbook entry for Lawyers:
“Job Outlook Employment of lawyers is expected to grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available.” [Emphasis mine]
Does anyone else notice a trend, where neutral observers show that law school is a risky proposition for students? Of course, Don LeDuc can only rely on weak-ass, op-eds from his fellow "educators."
Conclusion: Donald LeDuc is a fundamentally dishonest man, at least as it pertains to his racket. He has not provided any proof – not one scintilla of hard evidence – to support his assertion that law school is worth the money. The pig merely relies on suppositions, i.e. “The aging lawyer population will lead to job opportunities for today’s students and recent grads.” LeDuc KNOWS that the legal job market is oversaturated. Yet, he is trying to sell people on the idea that it is a good time to enroll in law school. Citing to your cartel friends and other $elf-intere$ted swine does not equate to evidence.
According to the 2011 Form 990 for Thomas M. Cooley Law School, i.e Employer ID No. 38-1988915, Cockroach Don LeDuc raked in $605,507 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for the tax year ending August 31, 2011. At that rate, he will do and say anything to keep the gravy train of federally-backed student loans rolling along. Keep in mind that the trash pit recently opened a fifth campus, located in Tampa, Florida.
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