Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Law School Pigs Continue Spending Ridiculous Amounts to Construct New Buildings

Third Tier Baltimore’s Ugly-Ass, Expensive New Building:

On June 6, 2013, Jack Crittenden of NaTTTional Juri$TTT magazine published a piece labeled “Baltimore opens new $114M law building.”  Look at the portion below:

“University of Baltimore has opened a new $114.3 million, 190,000-square-foot law building, which will provide space for the UB School of Law.

The 12-story law center includes 15 classrooms, 29 large- and small-group study spaces, a 32,000-square-foot library and a 300-seat moot courtroom and event space. The building also houses all of the school’s clinical services and law-related centers.

The new facility, located at North Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue, retains the name of the University’s existing law building, which was named for the parents of UB School of Law alumnus Peter Angelos, LL.B. ’61. Angelos contributed $15 million to the law center project as part of the school’s successful effort in raising $22 million in private funding.” [Emphasis mine]

I remember when Phillip Closius, then-dean at the Univer$iTTTy of BalTTTimore Sewer of Law, was bitching about holding law classes in dilapidated, old buildings.  Of course, the commode is still rated as a third tier toilet, by US “News” & World Report.  It is specifically listed as the 134th greatest law school in the country, by that publication.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a June 11, 2013 piece from Lawrence Biemiller, under the title “New Building Aims to Draw Students to U. of Baltimore Law School.”  Read this segment:

“The building is ideally designed for the kind of education we want to provide to students,” adds Ronald Weich, the law-school dean, who says the building will be a tool for recruiting both students and faculty members. “It’s centered on experience”—students work with clients in the clinics, in addition to practicing in moot-court sessions—but the building is also “very colorful, fun, and interactive.” And as cramped as the 30,000-square-foot site is, it’s also convenient to light- and commuter-rail lines and the Jones Falls Expressway." [Emphasis mine]

The trash pits only care about attracting more students.  Apparently, it is okay for the pigs to make a return on their investment - even if it is at the expense of taxpayers and students.

The University of Utah’s $60.5 Million Dollar Project:

Back on March 12, 2012, the Salt Lake Tribune published an article from reporter Brian Maffly, employing the headline “University of Utah to build new law school, revitalize campus’ western gateway.”  Check out the following excerpt:

“The University of Utah’s southwest corner is a major campus entryway, where thousands enter and exit the school every day by foot, rail, car and bicycle. But little effort has gone into designing an inviting public space here.

Until now.

A $60.5 million proposal to build a new home for the S.J. Quinney College of Law includes a plaza, outdoor cafe and an architecturally striking building that would create a real gateway across the street from Rice-Eccles Stadium. And a basketball court may appear on asphalt currently reserved for cars.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, law firms will fight amongst themselves to hire students who have access to a basketball court!  Perhaps this school - currently rated as the 41st most fantastic law school in the United States, by Bob Morse - will move up a few spaces, due to the proposed playing area alone.

Fordham’s Pricey New Digs:

The Real Deal, a New York City real estate magazine, featured a piece on Fordham University, back on January 18, 2011.  The profile was entitled “Fordham begins construction on new $250M law school and dorm building.”  Here is the full text below:

“Fordham University has broken ground on its new School of Law and residence hall, the school announced today. The 22-story building, a $250 million development on 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues, will house the university’s law school on the bottom nine floors, including classrooms, a trial court facility and a 562,000-volume law library. The remaining floors inside the 468,000-square-foot building will be used as dorms for up to 430 undergraduate students. The building, which is scheduled to open in fall 2014, is part of a larger, $1.6 billion redevelopment of the school’s entire Lincoln Center campus. The entire project is slated to be completed in 2033.” [Emphasis mine]

Fordham University Sewer of Law is ranked as the 38th most majestic and amazing law school in the entire nation, by USN&WR!  Imagine how high it will climb, when the new building opens in Fall 2014!  It’s nice to see that the “educators” are looking out for their students’ best interests, right?!?!

Conclusion: Imagine if the law school pigs were to apply such massive funds toward student scholarships, instead of on constructing ostentatious, new buildings. In the final analysis, law firms and government agencies do not make hiring decisions based on how nice your alma mater’s law building looks.  The academic thieves are simply catering to Bob Morse’s idiotic law school rankings methodology.  Plus, the swine hope to persuade students to piss away three years of their lives at their campus - by using these monolithic structures as the centerpiece of their recruitment materials.


  1. Welcome back Nando! Did you read about Joanie Wexler's 2 year paid sabbatical? Did you hear Jack Knorp's alma mater is liquidating its main assets for cash right because of declining admissions? Sounds like a classic bust out scheme. Knorps may get a break after all. Isn't there a law that allows you to discharge your loans if your school closes down? Jack, looks like your only best shot of "paying" off your loans is for Joanie to close up shop.

  2. Someone has got to spend that unlimited supply of money that comes in the form of student loans... Just saying.

    Nando, I get it that the law schools administrators are pigs for enticing students to tap that unlimited credit; but what about politicians and the Fed Gov that support issuing student loans anyone who can fog a mirror, regardless of the likelihood to pay back such loan?

  3. Attention potential law students: These new law school buildings are just like fancy Vegas casinos. The fact that they are so nice and expensive is only a testament to the fact that many poor suckers have gone before you and lost tons of money hoping to get something in return.

    If you feel like going to law school without a VERY specific plan for how you will make it work (meaning you have a guaranteed job and will take on very little debt), you might as well go to Vegas and bet $150K in borrowed money on black. I doubt any of you would even consider such a reckless why would you take the law school plunge, where the odds are worse than Vegas?

  4. Great post, Nando.

    When a building is described as "colorful," or "fun," you can usually assume, sight unseen, that it is a showy eyesore. Which Baltimore Law certainly turned out to be. Here is betting that the Fordham Law building will look almost as awful.

    And the law school scammers dare to talk about the unmet need for legal services when they raise and spend $114 million and $250 million (!) so that a couple of unnecessary law schools can move into fancier digs? That money should have been used to subsidize young unemployed attorneys in order to allow them to take cases on behalf of low bono clients in housing, immigration, public benefits, everywhere there is an authentic need.

  5. Disgusting and unfortunately, naive students will see these majestic buildings and want to still enroll in law school because of the facilities, but yet, they won't be receiving the acquired skills and education needed for the real world of being a lawyer...

  6. A building is an investment that lasts many years. A school can sell the building later on. Scholarships, on the other hand, only last one time. Once paid, they are forever gone. I think the schools are making a wise choice by investing in their future. Thanks for your take on the analysis though, even though you are wrong.

    1. Scholarships can attract more intelligent (and ultimately successful) students whereas a building ultimately costs a school money ( maintenance, electricity, etc.). If the goal is to have successful grads and an active alumni network with a high profile, that is accomplished through scholarships, not a building. But more scholarships means less money for the pigs. A nice new building is a workplace investment for them. Nice new classrooms and offices for themselves and the ability to wow lemmings with a fancy building. Any intelligent law student would rather learn in a trailer and have tuition be lower.

  7. Don't just focus on administrators interests as administrators. They're buying those buildings because they're getting kickbacks from local politicians, who are getting kickbacks from construction-related companies.

    It seems like a good scam to (1) make a law school move up in the rankings. But, as horrid as that is, it's still more legitimate than the real scam, which is to (2) make it appear that you are trying to make a law school move up in the rankings.

    The students are side victims in the larger drama of aristocrats extracting tax monies from peasant populations under the guise of improving the community's rankings.

    The picture looks even more clear if you consider that the law school deans have blood relationships to, and own stock in, (1) the regional construction-related industries, (2) the local legislatures facilitating the transfers, and (3) the nationwide and local media justifying the charade.

    It's worse than you think. It's not just lying to young people to get them to pay tuition to schools and interest to banks (although it IS that, and don't stop saying it); it's using sheriffs to enforce yearly protection payments from the payroll base to the owners.

  8. These buildings are an investment for the school. They're thinking long term (for once). If they gave this money to student scholarships they wouldn't get much for their buck. They would get some nice publicity out of it, but they wouldn't get much else. And these greedy pigs are only out for themselves.

  9. Another good job, Nando. I especially liked Fordham, which is in a free fall. Oh, and let's revisit Marquette.

  10. Nando,

    Do you see any distinction between an administrator who entices prospective students to his law school and a snake oil salesman? The former promises jobs upon graduation that don't exist and the latter promises a cure all. Really, other than one being legal while the other is illegal, I don't see the difference. If you do, could you explain it to me? Thanks for the great posts and please keep outing the shills.

  11. On April 8, 2013, the Baltimore Sun published reporter Steve Kilar’s article, under the headline “UB prepares to open new Law Center.” Look at this portion, from this foolish article:

    “Colors like "margarita" and "banana yellow" pop from walls and ceilings, the sounds of a waterfall echo throughout the glass edifice and square chandeliers are strung like falling confetti.

    "We … wanted a building that was not an ivory tower. … We're changing traditions," said Robert Bogomolny, the university's president, of the structure that looks from the outside like interlocking, checkerboard-covered boxes rising above the Jones Falls Expressway across from Penn Station.

    The unconventional law center on Mount Royal Avenue is expected to open at the end of this month after nearly six years of planning and construction. The University of Baltimore School of Law community is eager to get into the new space, which is drastically different from the school's current residence, a cramped, dark 30-year-old building two blocks west.

    "This is a building you see into. You see the energy," said Bogomolny, who called the structure a "landmark building for the city of Baltimore."

    "You're going to come out of that train station, and you're going to see this building," he said.”

    It is beyond comical how univer$iTTTy administrator pigs are so proud of this ugly structure. You can bet your ass that they would be nowhere near this happy, had the money gone toward student scholarships. They would have seen that as a waste of resources. The cockroaches are billing this as a “green” building. However, as we are all well aware, the only green that these bastards care about is money.

    @ Russ McCoy,

    There is no actual difference - in terms of character or mindset - between an academic thief/hustler and a snake oil salesman. The general public is starting to see through these bitches and hags. In the end, these “educators” and administrators view students merely as a means to an end. They simply want to keep the gravy train of federally-backed student loans rolling along. And they do not give one damn what happens to their students and recent graduates. As such, they are not worthy of one iota of respect.

  12. So the federal student loan money can then be used by the school in whole or in part for private investment in real estate? Or is that oversimplifying it.

    I would think that the real estate can always be sold later and possibly for a profit.

    Also, does the real estate owned by a religious University qualify for tax exempt status?

  13. Law schools are profit centers. The goal is not providing education. The real goal is making students believe their education will make them marketable in the global economy.

    When law jobs are scarce (due to huge overproduction of law grads) you hear the schools talk about the versatile law degree. This is bullshit. And is only designed to make students believe that if they don't land a law job their education was still worth it. Because they are still qualified to work in a bunch of other fields. (Which isn't true.) Fuck this shitty, fraudulent profession.

  14. It's like Scientology now; the "church" and the law schools are not expanding, so they are putting all their money into grand buildings they can sell off later.

    Right now Scientology has become a large property-holding company because the crazy leadership thinks huge new buildings are cool, but it takes them forever to convert the it's like they are slumlords without tenants because any building they buy, out goes any business in that building.

    1. They should just hire someone to sculpt buildings out of turds. That'd save money.

      I have the PERFECT candidate in mind, Sculptorpuss ...

    2. Who wants to go to a law school made out of you, shit stain?

      I wouldn't spit on you if you were on fire.

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  15. A crappy law school building a fancy new campus is like a used car salesman repainting a car to hide the fact that it has a cracked engine block.

    When a used car salesman rips you off with a nice looking piece of junk that falls apart, you are out $10-20K and you learn a painful life lesson but eventually move on.

    When a law school dean rips you off with a worthless JD from a fancy looking school, you are out $100-200K that you didn't have in the first place...and your life is all but ruined.

  16. I wonder what their actual costs are not including salaries. They aren't exactly splitting the atom in there.

  17. They are doing this in order to make their school look "prestigious". After all, no biglaw or government firm does not want to conduct on campus interviews in dilapidated buildings with a bedbug problem.

    And of course the wealthy students will want to live it up in the fancy buildings.

    I think it is now time to put the fear of God into the idealistic lawyer-wannabes. Those who go to law school this fall and in the future deserve to live in poverty in an unstable job market for the rest of their lives.

    Only after a few years of soul-crushing student loan debt with no end in sight will people start to demand changes in the system.

    But then again, maybe not. We're just lazy. We'll just put another yellow ribbon on our cars. We don't want to ruin our reputations and lose our iPhones....

  18. Nando, you should try accessing your site from a Starbucks. It redirects to another site.

  19. When I graduated a law school on the boundry of the first and second tier, in 1997, I knew three of my classmates who left the law and didn't look back. One, somehow became an insurance adjuster. (they generally don't like to hire attorneys for such positions) One became a talent agent at some large firm, and a third went into marketing.

    It is my unempirical impression that as the lawyer glut has increased with each passing year, there is less perceived value by outside hiring parties, in the argument that a JD "is a flexible degree".

  20. that 32,000-square-foot library will give UB a major boost in the Cooley rankings. I can see them breaking the top 10.

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  22. The University of Utah S.J. Quinney Commode of Law has established something called the "Building Ju$tice Project." Take a look at the following nonsense:

    "Through the Building Justice Project, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is designing and constructing its first new law school building in fifty years. The new facility will allow us to build on our past excellence and improve dramatically our ability to educate lawyers and leaders for the Twenty First Century; to produce cutting edge scholarship to address the most critical issues facing the state of Utah, the nation, and the world; and to provide important service to our community."

    You can always count on academics to provide meaningless platitudes and lofty language, when describing their plans. Of course, their real goal is to attract lemmings to the campus.

    The academic arms race primarily benefits the “professors,” administrators, and construction companies that land the contracts. The students will not receive a better “legal education” due to being in a “state of the art” new building. You can bet your ass that tuition will increase further, in order to help cover the long term costs of these large structures.

    Those who donate to the fundraising campaign will receive some benefit, mostly in terms of adding to their sense of self-esteem, philanthropy and prestige. However, these pale in comparison to the financial reward for the contractor. Then again, these wealthy men and corporations feel that having their name attached to the law school is worth the cost. Perhaps, these ABA-accredited dung pits can engrave the donors’ names onto the toilet seats and urinals.

    Thanks for the tip, presTTTige. An article from Sharif Durham, entitled “Marquette University's new building gives law school vital space,” appeared in the September 5, 2010 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Check out the segment below:

    “Many of America's law schools have a similar problem: Stately, older facilities meant to symbolize the tradition of teaching are showing their age as universities try to pack more faculty, staff and technology into places that didn't account for them.

    Thanks in part to a gift from alumni Ray and Kay Eckstein, Marquette no longer has that problem. Marquette's $85 million building is being dedicated Wednesday, filled with a high-tech library, a moot court and broadcast facilities that some television stations would covet. That means a school like Marquette can get a jump in the competition for students and faculty who want the star power a modern building can provide.

    "One of the things they look at is the facilities available to them," said [Fordham Law interim dean Mike] Martin, whose school faces legal hurdles before it can break ground on a planned $200 million building. "As you see all of the changes in legal education, you're going to see schools adapt to those changes."

    As the commenter from 8:34 pm stated, any intelligent student would prefer to attend a high-ranked law school, rather than a trap school or TTT with a new building. These structures might impress naïve college freshmen, but it is sad when those armed with four year degrees fall for this garbage.

  23. A little off topic but here goes.

    Why are online classes from accredited colleges just as expensive as the ones in a classroom? When they first started this shit, the schools kept saying this would lower costs. That was a joke.

    Higher ed as a whole is a fraud. Not just the law schools.

  24. It's a panic move to build these structures. The pigs are panicking because the pool of applicants is shrinking so they are pulling out every conceivable method (except scholarships, because that means less for the pigs) to entice lemmings. They are banking on the fact that lemmings will see sleek, new buildings and start to drool thinking the building is representative of the kind of successes they will enjoy as lawyers. These new buildings are like Kijong-dong ("Propaganda Village") on the Korean DMZ. It's really just a ploy to draw in the less-intelligent applicant. Fordham's move is a shameless (and will be a fruitless) attempt to compete with NYU and Columbia Law. The Law School at Fordham currently is a fine building and requires no renovations. I've been there countless times. Imagine if Fordham gave out HALF the $250 million in scholarships and grants. They could get all the top applicants nationwide. But the pigs want a new building to work in and to hold cocktail receptions and fundraisers and events for themselves. It's disgusting. We'll see how much goes into the dorms in the end (forget that 50% of the school commutes). Every time I get an alumni fundraiser card from Fordham it goes right in the garbage.

    I'm really enjoying the tail spin in which the law school cartel currently finds itself. These people raised tuition and enrollment for close to two decades as a power play to get rich. Many of them got rich. But in the process they destroyed one of the only white collar professions in our society. The pigs exploited the image of the well-to-do lawyer and leveraged the profession to the hilt to cash in on the dreams of fools.

    This is what they call blowback in the CIA. Instead of giving the smartest out there scholarships and incentives to attend the pigs would rather take in fools who pay full sticker price who say "Oh look at that building!"

    Also nando, you should investigate how schools are manipulating their data with transfer students. Apparently lots of TT/TTT schools will take TTTT 1Ls as 2Ls brushing their LSAT/undergrad GPA under the rug because that transfer data isn't reported as part of the incoming class profile that the pigs lust after to establish a false image of prestige. They are taking TTTT lemmings for the easy government loan money and they don't have to factor in the TTTT lemmings' weak-ass LSAT/GPA into their stats.

    Last, but not least:

  25. The pig in the center of the photo with shit coming out of its ass exemplifies this shitty profession to a fucking T.

    1. Actually, it exemplifies a typical law school around May that is about to defecate a class of 400-500 new grads onto a clogged toilet which represents the legal profession.

  26. Replies
    1. ^ Hopefully it will soon find you in a government job soon?

    2. That dog contributes more to society than you do.

  27. That is a great photo analogy Nando. Although pigs are intelligent and for the most part noble and useful animals so comparing law school deans and professors to pigs may be unfair to pigs. I am impressed with your longevity in this movement and find this blog very informative and hilarious. Thanks and keep on fighting.

  28. Let’s revisit the outrageous building project at Fordham University Sewer of Law:

    “New Building

    Fordham Law outgrew our current building long ago. That's why the new Fordham University School of Law and Residence Hall, currently under construction, has been a centerpiece of the Campaign.

    Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners to reflect the excellence of the School's faculty and students, the new law school building features spacious simulation rooms, modern clinic areas, and public spaces that foster collaboration and innovation—as well as state-of-the-art technologies. The exterior façade will complement the majestic performance facilities of neighboring Lincoln Center while distinguishing our building as a bold architectural icon.

    The School will occupy the first nine floors of the new building, which will more than double our total instructional space and provide a range of resources to enhance students' learning and their sense of community.”

    The pigs love to claim that they need new space, in order to “teach” law. In reality, we live in a digital age – which means that you do not need big-ass, gigantic buildings and law libraries. How many of you hit the bookshelves for the Corpus Juris Secundum, the ResTTTaTTTemenTTTs of the Law series, or archaic law reviews?!?! Simply put, you don’t need to hold 500,000 volumes of casebooks, treatises, hornbooks and other texts.

    Outside of maybe the first few weeks of your legal research and writing class, no one under the age of 70 is going near hard copies of the Congre$$ional Record or West’s National Reporter System. The schools charge you up the ass for access to their LEXIS and Westlaw accounts. Yet, the law school swine insist on stocking up on the entire Atlantic Reporter 2d series.

    “Naming Opportunities

    Make a named gift of $1,000 or more.

    The new law school building offers a variety of naming opportunities to honor family, colleagues, friends, and members of Fordham Law community who made a difference in your life. Gift levels begin at $1,000 and range all the way to $5 million+ for furnishings and spaces within the building.”

    These cockroaches are as base and vile as members of Congre$$. I’m surprised that the faculty and administrators don’t sell sexual favors, in exchange for donations. After all, these academics are shameless whores.

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  29. I don't understand the crowd here that posits that new buildings are an "investment". The law school industry is in a declining market - perhaps an understatement. The schools will have to pay to support the overhead the new buildings demand - hardly a trivial matter. Indeed, to survive, law schools must cut costs in a serious way, and since law school is not like medical school, nursing school, or mechanical engineering in terms of equipment, facilities and expense (one could learn con law sitting under a tree), well, these expensive new buildings could hasten their demise, especially when the administration begins to understand that subsidies from law schools will not longer obtain, and red ink will flow from them, making law schools money pits rather than profit centers. Throw in the fact that technology can easily make learning virtual, and well, these expensive buildings make no economic sense.

  30. As Jack Knorps suggested for Brooklyn Law School, maybe every new Fordham building should have a Napping Room :)

    1. Christopher Knorps is a douchebag.

  31. Is AEM finally gone? I hope so.


    Touro Law Announces New International Center for Post-Graduate Development & Justice


    1. Thanks for that link. Just for shits and giggles, I went to the Touro web site and read this article. Most of it was incoherent gobbledygook (wtf is an "incubator?"), but it looks like some sort of make-work school-funded "access to justice" program intended to inflate the employment statistics.


    Check out the following brilliantly comical comments, from the Biemiller piece on the UniversiTTTy of BalTTTimore’s new law building, cited in the main entry:

    "joelcairo 4 days ago [June 12th]

    Wouldn't real job prospects be more a draw to the law school than a new building?

    cynical1 4 days ago in reply to joelcairo

    Yes, but since they don't have those, perhaps a fancy new building can substitute?"

    Take a look at this epic contribution from “Unemployed_Northeastern” from one week ago:

    “From Law School Transparency:

    - Sticker cost for residents: $180k
    - Sticker cost for nonresidents: $225k
    - Only 55% of the class of 2012 found jobs requiring a bar license
    - Only 3.2% of the class found jobs at large law firms; the only employers whose salaries can begin to justify the above costs of attendance.

    Oh, and I believe the former dean of U Baltimore Law quit, very publicly, back in 2011 over the University's practice of taking about 35% of law school tuition and using it elsewhere in the university, all while mandating super-sized annual tuition increases for the law school. Dean Closius, I believe his name was.

    I'm glad the staircase is Escher-esque - it represents the endless, Sisyphean staircase its students will be trapped upon until the crack of doom.”

    From user “snwashburn,” posted a week ago:

    “It seems like they are trying to use flash to draw people in, when they should be focused on bringing people in using best practices and high standards.”

    Last week, someone with the handle “rogue_academic” stated the following:

    “The school is ranked 134, its median LSAT score is 152 (that's roughly the median of ALL exam TAKERS, including those whose cognitive abilities are hopelessly below the intellectual rigors of law school education). Please remind me again about the reasons for U Baltimore law school's existence.”

    People with brain stems can see through this garbage. Maybe the law school pigs figure that they can capitalize on the sharp rise of ADHD and ADD diagnoses, in this country. Apparently, the schools/diploma mills need to rely on mathematically deficient fools who are attracted to shiny objects.

  34. Mass layoffs at Wail Gotshal:

    "Sixty junior lawyers, known at firms as associates, lost their jobs. That amounts to roughly 7 percent of Weil’s associates. Annual compensation will be reduced for roughly 30 of the firm’s 300 partners, in many cases by hundreds of thousands of dollars. And 110 non-lawyers — roughly half of them secretaries — were let go."

    So now the NYC legal market has just been flooded with more experienced attorneys. There are plenty of cracks in the BigLaw foundation and Dewey Lebouf was just the beginning.

    Where's pussy bitch Mr. Infinity/Knorps? Maybe the "certified optimist" can bury his head in the sand a little deeper.

    1. "ROMA

      Wow, wait a minute, Knorps, Jack Knorps? How am I going to make a living on these deadbeat wogs? Where did you get this, from the morgue?"

      Do you remember that piece of shit with acne infested fuckface was bragging about being 18% of something. Now we found out that this useless puke is working for free in Legal Aid, leaving on money provided by his family and sleeping with both his sister and his mom.

      Clients must be fighting to be represented by this faggot, who I might add is a typical product of the law skool system.

  35. Here's an ad I saw when my e-mail sent me an update on this topic:

    No LSAT Required
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  36. Got to hand it to you Nando. Quite a site.


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