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.
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.
Posted by Nando at 9:29 AM