Monday, May 20, 2013
Second Tier Bloody Stool: State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
Tuition: In-state, full-time law students will be charged $20,730 in tuition, for the 2013-2014 academic year. Non-residents attending this garbage pit on a full-time basis will be ass-raped to the tune of $35,220 - for 2013-2014. Of course, fees add another $1,893 to the big-ass tab.
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, New York residents - who live off campus - will face a 2013-2014 budget of $43,315. Their out-of-state counterparts will need to come up with $57,805, for all costs, for the upcoming school year.
At least, this trash heap admits that the expenses only cover 9.5 months. As such, we need to prorate living costs, in order to reach a better estimate. I will provide twelve months expenses for housing, board, personal and transportation. Doing so, we reach a more accurate figure of $48,404 for New York residents, living off campus for the full year, whereas out of state, full-time, off campus SUNY law students will have an estimated, total COA of $62,894 - for the full year. It’s nice to see that the law school pigs are looking out for their students, huh?!?!
Ranking: Based on these prices, you would expect this public school to have a decent reputation, right? Well, according to US “News” & World Report, SUNY Buffalo Law Sewer is rated as the 86th greatest, most remarkable and prestigious law school in the United States. In fact, it shares this “honor” with the following four toilets: Northeastern; RuTTger$-Newark; the University of Kansas; and the University of Tulsa. Their mothers must be very proud.
Employment “Placement” Rate: Let’s take a look at the Employment Summary from the Class of 2012, sent by SUNY Buffalo. There were 209 members of this cohort. Of this figure, 173 attained employment. Of course, this figure also includes non-law positions, part-time jobs, and short-term posts. Since seven grads did not furnish their employment status, the commode’s “placement” rate is 85.6 percent, i.e. 173/202.
By the way, what does it say about a law school - which should be training lawyers - that only 109 grads, out of a class of 209 students, landed full-time, long term jobs “requiring bar passage“?!?! Hell, a total of 88 members of this group ended up working in law firms. A mere 13 of these grads found employment in firms of 101 or more attorneys.
Pathetic Employed at Graduation Rate: When you click on the hyperlink for this fourth tier trash can, you will find the following information:
Employed at graduation: 36.3%
Median private sector starting salary: $53,000
Median public service starting salary: $50,000” [Emphasis mine]
What a truly impressive figure! One wonders why this school isn’t ranked higher. This metric illustrates that this public waste site is a terrible financial decision.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the SUNY Buffalo JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $72,860. Plus, 89 percent of this dung pit’s unfortunate 2012 class took on such toxic debt. Remember, this figure does not include undergraduate debt. It also does not take accrued interest into account.
The Glutted New York Lawyer Job Market: On June 27, 2011, Catherine Rampell’s piece entitled “The Lawyer Surplus, State by State” appeared in the New York Times Economix blog. Her article was based on this report from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. Check out this excerpt:
“In raw numbers, New York has the greatest legal surplus by far.
In 2009, 9,787 people passed the bar exam in the Empire State. The analysts estimated, though, that New York would need only 2,100 new lawyers each year through 2015. That means that if New York keeps minting new lawyers apace, it will continue having an annual surplus of 7,687 lawyers.” [Emphasis mine]
What does that data mean to you, Lemming?! Do you still want to gamble with your future?!?! If your feeble brain cannot comprehend this information, then you truly are a lost cause.
Conclusion: If this is the best law school that you can get into - and you are not from a wealthy family that will pay all of your bills while you are enrolled - then you need to look toward another career path. Do not even consider this filthy, GLUTTED “profession.” You will not be served well by incurring an additional $80K-$120K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a chance to practice law. You need to view law school PRIMARILY, if not strictly, AS AN ECONOMIC DECISION. This choice WILL impact your life for decades. The “professors” and administrators will continue to drive luxury cars, own large suburban homes, and take fancy vacations without YOU committing assisted financial suicide. The pigs and cockroaches are paid up front, in full - while you will be paying for your mistake, with interest, for the next 20-30 years.
Posted by Nando at 7:42 AM