Measuring Weakness: Recently, the National Law Journal published a chart labeled “Law Schools With the Highest Rate of Unemployed 2012 Graduates.” As the entry mentions, the following figures represent those seeking jobs but unable to secure work within nine months of graduation:
Thomas Jefferson Law School; 31.5%
University of San Francisco School of Law; 30.3%
University of La Verne College of Law; 29.8%
Western State University School of Law; 27.7%
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law; 27%
Chapman University School of Law; 24.2%
Whittier Law School; 23.5%
Villanova University School of Law; 22.7%
Ave Maria School of Law; 22.3%
University of Oregon School of Law; 21.7%
Valparaiso University School of Law; 21.5%
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law; 21.5%
Brooklyn Law School; 21.5%
UC Hastings College of the Law; 21.4%
Elon University School of Law; 21.3%
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center; 21.3%
St. Thomas University School of Law; 21.3%
Golden Gate University School of Law; 20.4%
California Western School of Law; 20.1%
Florida A&M University College of Law; 20%
Remember, for the purpose of NALP's data, "employment" includes non-law jobs, legal work, part-time positions, full-time jobs, seasonal work, and long-term posts. Of course, ABA-accredited diploma mills love to hire some of their unemployed JDs, in order to artificially inflate their nine-month placement rates. Not counted are those who are somehow unemployed and not looking for a job. Who says that "in$titution$ of legal education" aren't ethical?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness, for the Class of 2012: Now, we will take a look to see where some of these putrid piles of excrement land, in terms of average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred law school debt. These figures were compliled by US "News" & World Report, along with the overall 2014 law school rankings scheme. The percent of grads with debt for each commode, is listed next to the debt figure:
Thomas Jefferson Sewer of Law: $168,800; 98 percent
California We$tern $chool of Law: $167,867; 89 percent
WhiTTTTier College: $143,536; 92 percent
TTTTouro College: $137,781; 85 percent
Golden Gate "University":$137,484; 85 percent
Keep in mind that the numbers above do not include accruing interest, while you are enrolled in law school for three years. Furthermore, the debt amounts do not take undergraduate student loans into account.
As you can see from the link, Fourth Tier Thomas Jefferson Sewer of Law produces the grads with the most average law school debt - in addition to having the highest amount of unemployed job-seekers, nine months after graduation. What a great combination for law students, right?!?!
Can anyone make a cogent argument - with a straight face - as to why these specific trash heaps should remain open?! Why in the hell should the federally-backed student loan scheme continue to pour money into these commodes' coffers? Does the U.S. need a larger volume of marginally-employed and out of work attorneys who are strapped down with $150K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt?!?! If the law schools want to be seen as businesses, then they need to provide a much better product.