Wednesday, October 2, 2013
American University Washington College of Law Pigs Drop Admission Standards, in Order to Get Asses in Seats
Campos Delivers a Crushing Right Hook:
On September 27, 2013, Paul Campos blasted the American University Commode of Law pigs right in the snout, with his blog entry entitled “Dealing with the crash, Pt. 2.” Check out this excerpt:
“American is arguably the biggest ripoff going in legal academia, as it combines “prestige” of a sort (it is normally ranked among the top quarter of ABA law schools) with sky-high sticker attendance costs (estimated as $71,070 per year for 2013-14), very little in the way of tuition discounts (more than 60% of the class is currently paying sticker, and almost all the rest get a miserly $10,000 discount off that $70K bill), and wretched employment statistics, which have combined to produce a massively indebted and seriously depressed student body.” [Emphasis mine]
Now, look at this portion of his epic conclusion:
“Like other schools, American had and has three options for dealing with this unpleasant and potentially unprofitable development, which are to reduce the size of its class, the cost of attendance, or the selectivity of its admissions — or some combination of these strategies.
While the University of Iowa represents a school that appears to have gone all in with the first option, American has shoved in its chips with the third. This fall’s entering class of 474 1Ls is at just about the average size for AU entering classes over the last decade, and while real as opposed to nominal tuition data isn’t officially available yet, all indications are that the school didn’t up its very small “scholarship” budget.
What it did instead was continue to slash admissions standards. The median LSAT for the entering class has declined from the 86th to the 70th percentile in just two years, and, even more tellingly, since 2009 the 25th percentile for full-time matriculants has fallen a startling seven points — from 160 (the 80.4 percentile) to 153, which is barely above average for LSAT takers (55.6%). To get some sense of what the latter stat signifies, consider that a decade ago, only 55.6% of all law school applicants were getting into any law school, and that only about two-thirds of LSAT takers even bothered to apply to law school at all. [Emphasis mine]
The Toilet’s Embarrassing Employment Placement Statistics: On April 10, 2013, Dan Filler posted a Faculty Lounge entry entitled “New Law School Rankings: Employment Data Cleaned Of School Funded Jobs” This article is based off of each ABA-accredited diploma mill’s Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report. As the text and title make clear, the figures pertain to JD Required positions that are full-time, long term - and exclude law school funded jobs. Under these measures, American Univer$ity Wa$hington Commode of Law ranked 179th best in job placement! Only 22 other trash heaps produce weaker results for their students.
Supposed Overall Ranking: American Univer$ity Wa$hington Commode of Law is allegedly the 56th greatest, most fantastic and amazing law school in the nation - according to US “News“ & World Report. How in the hell can there be such a wide discrepancy between a school’s reputation and the job prospects for its students?
Charting the Drop in LSAT Scores: Simply scroll down to the school’s name or use the CTRL+F function under Admissions Data, in order to view the figures for first year law students entering American University COL in 2011:
“25th percentile LSAT: 159
Median LSAT score: 162
75th percentile LSAT: 163”
Numbers for the first year law class at American Univer$ity for 2013:
“25th percentile LSAT: 153
Median LSAT score: 157
75th percentile LSAT: 159”
Anyone with an IQ above room temperature will recognize that this is a significant drop-off, especially within a span of two years! Perhaps the tide is turning against the law school cockroaches. The general public is now much more informed about the numerous, huge risks of obtaining a “legal education.”
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the American Univer$ity JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $152,659. This is the SIXTH LARGEST STUDENT DEBT FIGURE among ABA-accredited schools! Then again, only 77 percent of this cesspool’s particular class took on such vile debt. Keep in mind that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account.
Conclusion: American University Washington Commode of Law is a GROSSLY OVERPRICED, highly over-rated pile of buffalo excrement. Why should you incur an additional $160K-$210K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for such pathetic legal employment prospects?!?! The law school pigs at this in$TTiTTuTTion have decided to cash in before the application and enrollment numbers drop further. Again, these bitches and hags are only concerned with keeping the gravy train of federally-backed student loans rolling along. If YOU end up in financial ruin, that will not affect the swine. After all, they get paid up front, in full.
Posted by Nando at 5:55 AM