Friday, July 5, 2013
Second Tier Seton Hall University School of Law Gives Notice of Possible Termination to Junior Faculty
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The Fireworks Continue:
On July 1, 2013, David Lat published an ATL article entitled “A Law School’s Possible Purge Of Its Junior Faculty Ranks.” Read the following portion:
“Last week, we heard reports of one law school basically axing its entire junior faculty. All of the untenured professors received notice that their contracts might not be renewed for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ouch.
As is so often the case, though, there’s more to this story than meets the eye….
The law school in question is Seton Hall University School of Law. The cuts are possible, not definite, and the school hopes that it won’t have to follow through on the notices. [Internal citations to idiotic law school ranking schemes removed]
Later on, the piece continued:
“The law school has taken other steps to keep its financial house in good order as it becomes a smaller institution, about 30 to 35 percent smaller than it was three years ago. It has reduced administrative staff, in intelligent and strategic ways (e.g., sparing the office of career services). It has made offers to senior faculty members of voluntary retirement packages, which are currently being negotiated with several professors, and it is in discussions with some faculty members about reducing their workload in exchange for reduced pay. Depending on how these and other matters get resolved, the law school may be able to rescind some or all of the notices to the junior faculty.” [Emphasis mine]
Although David Lat, a.k.a. Article III Groupie, is a committed tool, at least he presented this story. Of course, he is cheering for the second tier garbage pit to turn things around. Hell, he didn’t mention the 10 percent decrease in faculty compensation, until 2/3 of the way into the entry. Lat/A3G also did not challenge Valvoline Dean Patrick Hobbs’s rhetoric.
Paul Campos posted a Lawyers, Guns & Money entry labeled “Seton Hall Law School cuts faculty compensation by 10%; gives notice to all untenured faculty of possible termination,” on July 1, 2013. Look at his biting commentary below:
“Superficially, Seton Hall has much better employment statistics than the average law school, as two thirds of the 2012 class got legal jobs (full-time non-temp, non-law school funded, non-solo bar-required positions. The national average was 52%). This number may be significantly inflated, however, by New Jersey’s state court clerkship system, which put nearly 30% of the class into one year state judicial clerkships, which count as long-term legal employment by this definition, even though most of them are one year positions).” [Emphasis mine]
On July 2, 2013, a piece titled “Seton Hall Law School's Junior Faculty: All could be axed for 2014-2015 academic year” appeared on the Law and More blog. Check out this opening:
“The future of those employed by what might be called "Legal Sector Metro" keeps looking less professionally secure. Already the media has covered the layoffs of staff, associates, and partners in law firms. Now, as David Lat reports in Abovethelaw.com, soon to come could be the layoffs of law professors.
Seven junior un-tenured faculty members at Seton Hall University School of Law have been formally informed that it's possible this coming academic year will be their last. Like with legal secretaries and lawyers, the knowledge base and skills of law professors tend to be narrow. In addition, as many know, being able to teach a subject does not necessarily mean being able to earn a living applying that subject matter in the real world. Those two factors could undercut former law professors' ability to transition to other lines of work.” [Emphasis mine]
Good luck landing one of those "JD Advantage" jobs, bitches. Maybe you can find an insurance adjuster position, with your advanced Humanities degree.
Tuition: Full-time law students will be charged $48,330 in tuition, for the 2013-2014 academic year. It’s nice to see that this “institution of higher education” is putting its students’ interest first, right?!?!
Ranking: According to Bob Morse of US “News” & World Report, $eton Hall Univer$ity $chool of Law is rated as the 64th greatest, most amazing and magnificent law school in the entire country! In fact, in only shares this distinction with three other toilets.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Seton Hall JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $125,475. Fully 82 percent of this school’s 2012 class took on such toxic debt. Keep in mind that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account.
Conclusion: After getting their portly asses barbecued with the facts, the law school pigs are starting to feel the heat. $eTTon Haul Univer$iTTy Sewer of Law is an ABA- accredited dung heap that charges $48,330 in annual tuition. This foul commode is also located in the THIRD MOST GLUTTED LAWYER JOB MARKET, in the nation. This law school is attached to a large private university. The fact that the swine need to cut costs shows that the bitches and hags are feeling the effects of smaller class sizes.
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