Tuition: Virginia residents attending this school on a full-time basis will pay $47,900 in tuition - for the 2013-2014 school year. Out-of-state, full-time law students will be hammered with a tuition bill of $52,900 - for 2013-2014. Hell, these filthy pigs are charging medical school rates. Who has that type of money to spend for a single year of “legal education”?!?!
Estimated Total Cost of Attendance: This same page lists living expenses as $16,300. Health insurance is listed as $2,574; books and supplies will run $1,800; and loan fees will amount to $206. As such, the “non-profit” corporation/in$titution of “higher education” published total 2013-2014 COA figures of $68,780 for full-time, in-state students - and $73,780 for full-time, nonresident students.
Keep in mind that ABA-accredited diploma mills only take nine-month living costs into account, when publishing these figures. Seeing that actual students will require 12 months of food and lodging, we need to adjust this number. After pro-rating these expenses, that amount is $21,733. Look at these more accurate, total COA estimates: for in-state, full time students is $74,213, whereas out-of-state, full-timers will face total costs of $79,213.
Ranking: According to US “News” & World Report, the Univer$ity of Virginia $chool of Law is rated as the 7th best law school in the country. It shares this distinction with the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Published Employment Placement Statistics: Based on the school’s ABA Employment Summary Report, there were 364 members of the UVA Law Class of 2012. Only two graduates did not supply their job status to the school. The published “placement” rate is 98.6 percent, i.e. 357/362. However, on page one of this PDF, you will notice that the school hired 55 of this cohort’s grads in law school or university-funded positions!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the University of Virginia JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $122,721. Fully 85 percent of this school’s 2012 class took on such toxic debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account.
Faculty and Administrator Pay: Let’s see how well the pigs are doing, in comparison to their debt-strapped students. For this information, we rely on the Salary Database from Collegiate Times. The figures below are from 2010, the latest available date. Remember that these numbers do not include bonuses or other compensation:
Paul G. Mahoney “earned” $450,000 as dean of the law $chool. George Rutherglen, supposedly a “distinguished law professor,” made $334,300. War criminal extraordinaire Henry Kissinger doppelganger John Jeffries, Jr. raked in $316,000 - as something called “David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law.” Lastly, Richard Bonnie received $312,000 in annual salary - for teaching courses pertaining to “mental health and drug law,” the death penalty and “aging and the law.”
Unemployed UVA Law Students' Epic Protest:
On March 29, 2011, Elie Mystal posted a great entry “labeled Law Students at a Top School Protest Continued Unemployment.” Take a look at this excerpt:
“We know that the threat of unemployment is very real to all law school students. Sure, the higher-ranked schools might do a better job of getting their students jobs, at least in percentage terms; but even top schools have students who want to work but cannot find jobs.
Students at one top-ten law school are sick of suffering in silence. They want everybody, especially admitted students, to know that going to an elite law school doesn’t guarantee you a good job.
Given the state of the legal economy and the cost of law school tuition, it’s a wonder that this kind of thing doesn’t happen more often….
Unemployed students at UVA Law School are protesting, blaming the law school administration for their wretched fate. Tipsters report that a number of UVA 3Ls have been menacing the 0Ls at UVA admitted students’ weekend. The disgruntled current students were wearing these t-shirts when they met the prospective students:
$40,000 a year
And NO JOB.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, lemming, attending this overpriced public toilet does not mean that you are going to land decent employment. Don't forget the incredible amounts of additional student debt incurred by recent graduates of this dumpster.
Conclusion: This school is gouging its students. These cockroaches do not have the immense costs of medical equipment and technological advances associated with medical and dental schools. Law school pigs merely have Internet connection of course, the biggest expense is faculty pay and compensation. However, why should any academic ass-hat rake in $200K for dusting off old notes and reviewing archaic, parsed cases?
This is a school for rich kids. If you are not wealthy, then you will need to excel academically here and land Biglaw. Since there is basically no job security in that area, you better make sure to pay off your student loans as fast as possible. Otherwise, you will struggle mightily to pay off your additional $130K-$175K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - taken on for a law degree with a fancy name.