Wednesday, March 20, 2013
First Tier Hot Waste: University of California Hastings College of the Law
Tuition and Fees: According to this document, California residents attending this trash pit on a full-time basis will be slapped down with a bill of $46,806 – for the 2012-2013 school year. Out-of-state, full-time law students at UC Ha$ting$ will have a telephone pole rammed up their asses - as the poor fools will be charged $52,806 - for 2012-2013. Who says that public schools offer much better tuition rates?!?!
The commode does provide some good news, for non-residents: “Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is estimated to be $39,500* with no distinction made between in-state and out-of-state residents.” These students will continue to be financially raped, but to a slightly lower extent.
Ranking: At such ridiculous prices, one would expect this school to be an elite institution. However, US “News” & World Report rates the University of California Hastings Commode of “the” Law as the 48th greatest, most wondrous, amazing and fantastic law school in the entire country. In fact, this garbage pit shares this prestigious distinction with the following four schools: Florida State, Southern Methodist, Tulane, and the University of Houston. I’m sure that the cockroaches are bursting with pride at being included on this list.
Employment Placement Statistics: Review this PDF file pertaining to the toilet’s Class of 2011. There were a total of 411 graduates, in this cohort. Of that amount, employment status was known for 401 JDs. Only 320 members of this class were working, within nine months of graduation. This represents a “placement” rate of 79.8 percent. What an amazing school, huh?!?!
Furthermore, 238 grads were employed full-time, within nine months of receiving their overpriced law degree. This equates to 59.35% of the 401 graduates for whom employment status was known. A total of 244 Hastings JD - from the Class of 2011 -were working on a long-term basis. Conversely, 76 grads were employed part-time - which amounts to 23.75 percent of the fortunate segment of this class.
Take a moment to reflect on this admission, from the commode:
“39 of these short-term positions were funded by UC Hastings - all of them were part-time.” [Emphasis mine]
Try re-paying your student loans with that arrangement. Of course, the primary purpose is to artificially inflate the ABA diploma mill’s job “placement” rate.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the UC Hastings JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $114,736. Hell, 89 percent of this commode’s unfortunate 2012 class took on such toxic debt. Keep in mind that this figure does not include undergraduate debt. It also does not take accrued interest into account.
Last Year, the Commode Announced a “Voluntary” Reduction in Class Sizes:
On May 2, 2012, Elie Mystal wrote a solid ATL entry labeled “The Hastings Gambit.” Take a look at this opening:
“This week, the law school press has been focused on the UC Hastings College of Law. Hastings Law Dean Frank Wu announced that his school would be voluntarily reducing its enrollment by 20 percent over the next three years.
The mainstream press has noticed, too. The Wall Street Journal did an article about Wu’s attempt to “reboot” legal education, and the Dean gave a long interview to USA Today.
Hastings isn’t the first law school to reduce enrollment, but the school’s move is more significant because of the rhetoric Dean Wu is putting behind it. Wu is making the philosophical case against huge law school class sizes in this challenging job market.
But is it all about changing the nature of legal education, or is Hastings being pushed into these moves by the familiar forces of disappointing employment statistics, and a desire to climb up the U.S. News rankings? Critics have said that the school isn’t “voluntarily” doing anything.
Then again, if Hastings is doing something objectively good for prospective students, maybe it doesn’t even matter how the administration came to the decision…” [Emphasis mine]
Sure, the dean of this trash heap is doing this of his own volition - and I voluntarily chose not to enter the San Francisco Giants spring training, as a second baseman. Apparently, the hags cannot tell the truth.
Conclusion: Avoid this first tier toilet - which is currently barely hovering above the second group – at all costs. You simply DO NOT NEED to incur an additional $125K-$170K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a chance to practice law in the legendarily-glutted California market. This is a free-standing, public toilet. If you have a career, or a good job with benefits, do not walk away from that position – in order to take your chances at law school. If you have an addictive personality or a severe gambling problem, then take your sorry ass down to the roulette and craps tables in Vegas. Bet all of your money on red, if you want. At least, in that scenario, you can claim bankruptcy. Plus, you will not piss away three years of your life on the task.
Posted by Nando at 6:46 AM