Friday, April 26, 2013

TTTT Smells of Desperation: Fourth Tier Trash Pit Florida Coastal to Offer Partial Refunds to Students


The Article:

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-04-23/story/florida-coastal-may-refund-students-money-under-new-program

The Florida Times-Union published a Kristopher J. Brooks piece entitled “Florida Coastal may refund students money under new program.” Check out this opening:

“Leaders at Florida Coastal School of Law are confident they can train students to get legal jobs. So confident that now they’re willing to put money on it.

Under a new program starting this fall, the Jacksonville law school will refund students a portion of their tuition. If a student flunks out after year one or can’t pass the bar on their second try, the school will refund $10,000 of the $40,000 annual tuition. During the three years of school, if a student does not land an internship, Florida Coastal will refund $2,000.

There’s a catch.

Students must be full-time in order to enroll and they must adhere to a long list of stipulations.” [Emphasis mine]

The pigs are simply trying to attract more applicants and students. After all, fewer people are taking the LSAT and applying to ABA-accredited rat holes. Later on, the article notes:

“C. Peter Goplerud, the school’s dean, said the program is a good marketing tool in what has become a competitive push for a declining number of students interested in law school. Goplerud said hopes to never give back a dime. However, recent numbers from the school suggest Florida Coastal will be sending out refunds when the program premiers.

From 2008 and 2012, there were 330 Florida Coastal students who graduated, but didn’t pass the Florida bar exam. In that same time period, anywhere from 40 to 60 students dropped out in their first year. 

As a sample, in 2011-12, Florida Coastal had 84 students who flunked out after one year." [Emphasis mine]

Don’t be surprised if this steaming pile of excrement resorts to softening the forced curve. Remember, these “educators” and administrators have NO INTEGRITY. If the choice is between flunking out first year law students or paying each one $10K, then you can bet your ass the school will make every effort to ensure that the marks make it to the second year.

Tuition:

http://www.fcsl.edu/tuition

Full-time law students at Florida Coa$TTTTal will be charged $39,465 in tuition and fees, for the 2012-2013 academic year. For $ome rea$on, the bitches and hags listed these outrageous charges on a per semester basis. At least, students enrolled on a part-time basis will only be financially raped at the rate of $31,949 in tuition and fees, for 2012-2013.

Ranking:

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+7

Once again, Bob Morse and US “News” & World Report list Florida Coastal School of Law as a fourth tier trash pit. Yes, this rating certainly justifies the big-ass tuition charges, right?!?!

Pathetic Legal Placement Rate for the Class of 2012:

http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/04/a-cleaner-ranking-of-schools-long-term-full-time-employment-minus-law-school-funded-jobs.html#more

On April 10, 2013, Dan Filler posted a Faculty Lounge entry labeled “New Law School Rankings: Employment Data Cleaned Of School Funded Jobs.” Take a look at this preamble:

“I've taken the same data that Gary Rosin used in this post (which ranked schools by percentage employed in full-time, long-term jobs requiring a JD) and cleaned the list...by excluding all such positions that were funded by the law school.”

The placement figures are based on each diploma mill’s Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report. As the chart header notes, the jobs only include JD Required, Full-Time, Long Term Minus Law School Funded positions. 

Out of the 201 schools listed - including the three trash heaps in Puerto Rico - Florida Coa$TTTTal Sewer of Law was ranked 185th in job placement! According to the graph, only 35.88 percent of the commode’s Class of 2012 landed full-time, long term positions requiring a JD, when law school-funded jobs are removed.

Average Law Student Indebtedness:

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings

USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Florida Coa$TTTTal JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $143,111. Plus, 92 percent of this garbage heap’s unfortunate 2012 class took on such foul debt. Remember, this figure does not include undergraduate debt. It also does not take accrued interest into account.

Conclusion: This is a meaningless gesture by the pigs and cockroaches at Florida Coastal Sewer of Law. The school has an embarrassingly low legal placement rate. However, the commode will likely be able to set up most of its students with internships. Furthermore, a refund of $2,000 - to a student who incurred an additional $155K-$175K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - is chump change. Hell, that is a slap in the face. 

If a graduate is unable to pass the bar exam on the second attempt, the cesspool will offer a $10,000 refund. Again, the student has taken on mortgage sized amounts of additional student debt - for a TTTT law degree. If he has failed the bar exam twice, then he would likely have spent an extra $5K-$10K in bar prep courses and state bar application fees. Plus, if the JD has chosen to forgo non-legal work, in order to devote more time to studying for the test, then he has pissed away well more than $10,000 in “opportunity costs.”

Monday, April 22, 2013

Deceptive Clerkship Placement Figures Published by US “News” & World Report


Morse Continues His Duplicity:

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2013/04/11/which-law-schools-grads-get-the-most-judicial-clerkships

As you can see, Pussy Bob Morse is up to his old tricks. The ass-wipe published a USN&WR piece on April 11, 2013, with the headline “Which Law Schools’ Grads Get the Most Judicial Clerkships?” Check out the following excerpt:

“Judges at federal, state and local levels say that their clerks play a very important role in their chambers. Judicial clerkships are highly coveted by law school graduates since they have such important career implications. Federal clerkships are the hardest to get, but can be very rewarding for one's legal career.”

The cockroach even provided separate, “exclusive” ratings lists for federal and state/local judicial placements. He is really looking out for the students’ interests, right?!?! Now take a look at this concluding paragraph:

“At the state and local level clerkship rankings, the law school at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—Camden came out on top, with 38.7 percent holding clerkships. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—Newark came in a close second with 37.6 percent, and Seton Hall University, also in New Jersey, came in No. 3.”

This portion is very telling. It cements the fact that state and local clerkship positions are not prestigious. Unless, of course, you feel or believe that clerking in traffic court is going to lead to a prosperous career.

This list is deceptive, because it bases the clerkship placement figures on the employed segment of a school's 2011 graduating class. We will take an example to illustrate how the metric distorts the job outlook for recent grads.

Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law:

I will use this first tier sewage pit, to highlight Morse’s TTT methodology. I profiled this commode in my prior entry. Plus, some shill brought this list to my attention, in trying to deflect criticism about the toilet’s overall weak-ass employment placement rate for the Class of 2012.

http://law.wlu.edu/admissions/ninemonthdata.asp

For the figures below, I am relying on the document labeled “Washington and Lee University School of Law Employment Data 9 Months After Graduation.” This chart lists employment placement statistics for the following law classes: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

According to this page, the Washington and Lee JD Class of 2011 had 129 graduates. Of this figure, 116 were “employed or seeking advanced degree.” However, you will see that three members of this cohort were pursuing a graduate degree. Under Employment Types of Employed Graduates 9 Months After Graduation, you will note that 23 members of the Class of 2011 landed clerkship posts. Eleven grads were placed in federal spots, while 12 were placed in state or local courts.

Here are the numbers I ran, which correlate to Morse’s findings:

Percentage of employed grads in federal clerkships: 9.7 percent, i.e. 11/113
Percentage of employed grads in state or local posts: 10.6 percent, i.e. 12/113
Overall percentage of employed JDs in clerkships: 20.35 percent, i.e. 23/113

If the numbers were BASED ON THE ENTIRE GRADUATING CLASS, then these would be the figures for Wa$hington and Lee Univer$ity $chool of Law:

Percentage of grads in federal clerkships: 8.5 percent, i.e. 11/129
Percentage of grads in state or local posts: 9.3 percent, i.e. 12/129
Overall percentage of JDs in clerkships: 17.8 percent, i.e. 23/129 2012

Figures for Washington and Lee SOL, Using Morse’s Formula:

We will now look at the Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law Class of 2012. There were 130 graduates, from this cohort. Of that amount, only 89 were employed within nine months of receiving their JDs. Since Bob Morse based his 2011 figures off of "employed" graduates, here is how the Class of 2012 results would be calculated by the sewer rat:

Percentage of employed grads in federal clerkships: 6.7 percent, i.e. 6/89
Percentage of employed grads in state or local posts: 13.5 percent, i.e. 12/89
Overall percentage of employed JDs in clerkships: 20.2 percent, i.e. 18/89

Notice that the overall number would not differ much, from the 2011 figure of 20.35 percent – even though the OVERALL employment placement rate was MUCH LOWER for the Class of 2012. Here is how the numbers would look, for the Washington and Lee JD Class of 2012, if Morse based his results on the entire graduating class – and not merely those who were employed at the nine month mark: 

Percentage of class in federal clerkships: 4.6 percent, i.e. 6/130
Percentage of class in state or local posts: 9.2 percent, i.e. 12/130
Overall percentage of class in clerkships: 13.8 percent, i.e. 18/130

Anyone with an IQ above room temperature can clearly see the difference in outcomes and clerkship prospects. 

Now, an Accurate 2012 Placement Rate for Washington and Lee SOL:

http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/04/a-cleaner-ranking-of-schools-long-term-full-time-employment-minus-law-school-funded-jobs.html#more

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 diploma mill’s Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report. An anonymous poster furnished this link on my last profile.  As the chart header makes clear, the figures pertain to JD Required positions that are full-time, long term - and exclude law school funded jobs. Under these measures, Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law is ranked 135th best in job placement. For $ome rea$on, Vagina Bob Morse has rated this commode as the 26th greatest law school in the nation.

Conclusion: In sum, if a school has a low overall nine-month "placement" rate, it could still appear on Morse's list - as long as the percentage of clerks is relatively high in comparison to the amount of employed graduates. Furthermore, schools with smaller graduating class sizes can benefit greatly under Morse’s dishonest metric. Remember, Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law had a total of 129 total JDs, in its Class of 2011. If the bitch was interested in providing accurate numbers, then he would base his results on the entire class size - and he also would not publish such misleading headlines.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wash Your Hands Profusely: First Tier Toilet Washington and Lee University School of Law


http://law.wlu.edu/admissions/page.asp?pageid=1126

Tuition: For the 2013-2014 school year, full-time tuition at Wa$ington and Lee Univer$ity $chool of Law will reach $43,570. Fees - including those for technology, health and SBA – will add another $1,137 to the big-ass tab. Isn’t it great to see that these “educators” are looking out for the students?!?!

Estimated, Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, books and supplies will set back students a projected $2,500, for the same academic year. Plus, living expenses are listed as $14,643. Loan fees will run up to $1,300. As such, the school has furnished a total COA of $63,150, for 2013-2014.

Since ABA-accredited diploma mills only count nine-month living expenses – as opposed to the full calendar year – I need to pro-rate living costs. Doing so, we reach an estimate of $19,524. This provides us with a more accurate, total COA of $68,031 for the upcoming year. Who doesn’t have that type of money for one year of “legal education”?!

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+2

Ranking: Bob Morse has rated Washington and Lee University Sewer of Law as the 26th best and most spectacular law school in the land. It shares this designation with the University of Iowa Commode of Law.  Yes, this is truly exclusive company.

http://law.wlu.edu/admissions/ninemonthdata.asp

Pathetic Employment Placement Rate: Take a look at the chart documenting the employment data for the Washington and Lee JD Class of 2012. Based on this source, only 95 graduates – out of a total of 130 members - from this cohort were employed within nine months of graduation. This represents a “placement” rate of 73.1 percent!

In fact, the 95 “employed” grads include those who are seeking an advanced degree. According to this chart, there are 6 JDs from this class who are pursuing graduate studies. With this info, the placement rate would drop down to 68.4 percent. Keep the following in mind: (a) this trash pit is ranked as the 26th best law school in the United States; (b) tuition will hit $43,570 next year; and (c) employment counts non-legal work, part-time positions and two posts that were wholly or partially funded by the law school.

Under Employment Types, you will note that only 33 grads reported working in law firms. Yes, what a “prestigious” institution, huh?!?! Furthermore, of the 18 JDs who landed clerkships, fully 12 of them were placed in the state and local systems. Regarding income, head down to the subheading Full-time Salaries of Employed Graduates 9 Months After Graduation. Fully 70 grads responded with their income. The overall mean starting salary is listed as $68,220 – with a $70,000 figure landing one in the 75th percentile.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+4

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Wa$hington and Lee JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $111,825. Hell, 88 percent of this commode’s unfortunate 2012 class took on such toxic debt. Remember, this figure does not include undergraduate debt. It also does not take accrued interest into account. 

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2011/540/505/2011-540505977-08364cf5-9.pdf

Administrator and Faculty Salary Info: Let’s head to the 2011 Form 990, for Employer ID No. 54-0505977, i.e. Washington and Lee University. Scroll down to the very last page of this document, if you want to see how well the pigs, cockroaches, economic rapists, and pieces of trash are doing – in relation to their debt-strapped graduates. The following figures represent TOTAL COMPENSATION, for the tax year ending June 30, 2011.

Mark Grunewald, then-dean of the law sewer, received $288,332. The bald-headed rat made $254,654 in reportable compensation, in addition to $33,678 in “estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations. Timohty Jost, the Robert L. Willett Family “professor of law,” raked in $324,467; David Millon, who has written about corporate social responsibility, “earned” $304,052; James Moliterno, a supposed expert in “international legal ethics” and “legal education” reform, made $289,377; and Scott Sundby, who no longer teaches at the trash pit, received $319,590. You can tell that these “educators” truly put their students first.

Conclusion: These academic parasites do not give one damn about you, the student or recent graduate. To them, you are nothing but a means to an end. The pigs simply need asses in seats, in order to get paid. If the bastards and hags need to inflate their numbers or name brand, in order to increase applications and enrollment, then they will do so. After all, the swine are operating publicly-supported businesses!!

In the end, you will not be served well by incurring an additional $125-170K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a law degree from the 26th greatest school in the country. The Virginia and DC legal markets are flooded, which is the case with most areas of the U.S. Look at the employment placement rate, for the Class of 2012. If this toilet is only good enough for 64.6% of its most recent graduating class to find work - of any kind - within nine months of graduation, then that should tell you volumes about the nature of this GLUTTED, shrinking “profession.”

Friday, April 12, 2013

Truly Reprehensible Stench Piles: the Most Pathetic Cesspools for Job-Seekers from the JD Class of 2012


http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202595077292&Law_Schools_with_the_Highest_Rate_of_Unemployed__Graduates

Measuring Weakness: Recently, the National Law Journal published a chart labeled “Law Schools With the Highest Rate of Unemployed 2012 Graduates.” As the entry mentions, the following figures represent those seeking jobs but unable to secure work within nine months of graduation:

Thomas Jefferson Law School; 31.5% 
University of San Francisco School of Law; 30.3% 
University of La Verne College of Law; 29.8% 
Western State University School of Law; 27.7% 
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law; 27% 
Chapman University School of Law; 24.2% 
Whittier Law School; 23.5% 
Villanova University School of Law; 22.7%
Ave Maria School of Law; 22.3% 
University of Oregon School of Law; 21.7% 
Valparaiso University School of Law; 21.5%
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law; 21.5% 
Brooklyn Law School; 21.5% 
UC Hastings College of the Law; 21.4% 
Elon University School of Law; 21.3% 
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center; 21.3% 
St. Thomas University School of Law; 21.3% 
Golden Gate University School of Law; 20.4% 
California Western School of Law; 20.1% 
Florida A&M University College of Law; 20%

Remember, for the purpose of NALP's data, "employment" includes non-law jobs, legal work, part-time positions, full-time jobs, seasonal work, and long-term posts.  Of course, ABA-accredited diploma mills love to hire some of their unemployed JDs, in order to artificially inflate their nine-month placement rates.  Not counted are those who are somehow unemployed and not looking for a job.  Who says that "in$titution$ of legal education" aren't ethical?!  

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings

Average Law Student Indebtedness, for the Class of 2012: Now, we will take a look to see where some of these putrid piles of excrement land, in terms of average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred law school debt.  These figures were compliled by US "News" & World Report, along with the overall 2014 law school rankings scheme.  The percent of grads with debt for each commode, is listed next to the debt figure:

Thomas Jefferson Sewer of Law: $168,800; 98 percent
California We$tern $chool of Law: $167,867; 89 percent
WhiTTTTier College: $143,536; 92 percent
TTTTouro College: $137,781; 85 percent
Golden Gate "University":$137,484; 85 percent 

Keep in mind that the numbers above do not include accruing interest, while you are enrolled in law school for three years.  Furthermore, the debt amounts do not take undergraduate student loans into account.

As you can see from the link, Fourth Tier Thomas Jefferson Sewer of Law produces the grads with the most average law school debt - in addition to having the highest amount of unemployed job-seekers, nine months after graduation.  What a great combination for law students, right?!?!


Overall USN&WR Ranking:  Of the twenty rancid toilets with the worst job prospects for their students, the highest rated school is University of California Hastings Commode of the Law.  It is listed as the 48th greatest, most fantastic and sensational law school in the land, according to Bob Morse and US “News.

The next five highest-rated schools, from this excrementitious group, are Crooklyn, 80th; University of Oregon, at 94th; Vanillanova, listed as 98th; and Chapman and Loyola New Orleans, tied at 126th “best” in the nation.  Who wouldn’t want to shell out an eternal mortgage, for such “quality”?!?!

In fact, the following 12 schools from the first list, are listed in the FOURTH TIER of U.S. law schools, by the magazine: Thomas Jefferson Sewer of Law; Western State; Whittier; Ave Maria; Valparaiso; University of the District of Columbia; Elon; TTTTouro; St. Thomas University; Golden Gate; California Western; and Florida A&M.  Plus, the University of La Verne is listed as “Unranked,” which is one level below the fourth tier.  What a great accomplishment.

Conclusion: Many law students are incurring the most amount of additional, NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, in order to compete for scarce jobs.  Would you pay $60K for a 1989 Toyota Tercel - with 260,000 miles on the odometer – if third gear always got stuck?!?!  Hell, in comparison to the piles of feces mentioned in the lists above, the broke-ass Tercel appears to be a better deal.  At least, the car runs and the repairs will only be a fraction of the cost.  In the last analysis, these exorbitant prices charged by true sewage pits – with anemic job outlooks for their customers and recent grads – further show that the law school pigs DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about their students.  Of course, some academic ass-clowns will continue to maintain that they are “performing a public service by teaching law.”  Maybe in their sick minds, financially raping young people for life is a “public good.” 

Can anyone make a cogent argument - with a straight face - as to why these specific trash heaps should remain open?! Why in the hell should the federally-backed student loan scheme continue to pour money into these commodes' coffers?  Does the U.S. need a larger volume of marginally-employed and out of work attorneys who are strapped down with $150K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt?!?! If the law schools want to be seen as businesses, then they need to provide a much better product.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Law School Scam Recently Covered by the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Slate, the Guardian, and the LA Times


Wall Street Journal Law Blog Focuses on Financial Aspect:

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2013/04/04/more-than-50-of-graduates-arent-making-a-living-study/

On April 4, 2013, Jacob Gershman posted a Wall Street Journal Law Blog piece labeled “More than 50% of Graduates Aren’t Making a Living – Study.” Look at this opening:

“More than 50% of law school graduates from the 2011 class aren’t earning enough to buy a house, according to a new study.

The study was done by University of St. Thomas Law Professor Jerry Organ, who wrote up the results in a forthcoming article in the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy.”

TIME Takes a Swipe at the Law School Pigs:

http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/11/just-how-bad-off-are-law-school-graduates/

TIME published Adam Cohen’s article “Just How Bad Off Are Law School Graduates?,” on March 11, 2013. Check out the following excerpt:

“A grim sport has emerged of exchanging stories about just how bad things are. Many lawyers are stuck doing tedious, document-intensive contract work for as little as $25 an hour — not the worst job in the world, certainly, but not what many of them envisioned when they spent three years of their lives and $150,000 to get a law degree.

And there are plenty of worse jobs. “Above the Law,” a website that follows the grim legal market closely, reported one listing on Boston College Law School’s job site that offered an annual salary of just $10,000 which “Above the Law” insisted the firm “had to have known” was “below minimum wage.” 

And it gets worse still. There are a surprising number of job postings for lawyers that offer no salary at all, including government law jobs. That raises the question — as one headline put it — “Would You Work as a Federal Prosecutor — For Free?” 

Being unemployed — or working at minimum wage — is rough in the best of circumstances. But it is especially crippling for students who get out of school with six-figure debts that are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. The average debt load for law school graduates is now over $100,000 — and at some schools, it tops $150,000. [Emphasis mine]

Salon Bitch-Slaps the Law Schools Again: 

http://www.salon.com/2013/04/06/law_school_is_a_sham/

On April 6, 2013, Slate provided an excerpt from Steven J. Harper’s recent book on the legal “profession.” This entry is simply titled “Law school is a Sham.” Review the portion below:

“Today there’s a lawyer for every 265 Americans—more than twice the per capita number in 1970—but for future attorneys, there won’t be enough legal jobs for more than half of them. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that for the ten-year period ending in 2018, the economy would produce an additional 98,500 legal jobs. In 2012, after the Great Recession decimated the market for attorneys, the BLS revised that estimate downward, to 73,600 openings from 2010 through 2020. Another prediction considered attrition in combination with the number of anticipated new attorneys on a state-by-state basis and concluded that through 2015 the number of new attorneys passing the bar exam would be more than twice the expected number of openings. Whichever of these statistics turns out to be closest, there’s little doubt that law graduates are already feeling the crunch. Fewer than half of 2011 graduates found jobs in private practice. Nine months after graduation, only 55 percent held full-time, long-term positions requiring a legal degree. [Emphasis mine]

The British Are Now Covering the U.S. Law School Cartel:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/apr/04/law-students-uncertain-jobs-debt

The UK’s Guardian posted a piece by Katie Rogers, under the headline “Law students face uncertain future with jobs scarce and debt high,” on April 4, 2013. You should read the entire article, but take a look at this excerpt:

For many legal graduates, the law is now a freelance profession. Tammi Gaw graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 2007 with $185,000 in student debt. Gaw currently works as a contract attorney in Washington, DC and says her story is common. She makes about $65,000 per year. Her loan payments are $1,500 per month.

"It could end at any time, which is a reality of these contract jobs," Gaw, 38, told the Guardian. "Some people find themselves looking for a new contract every two to three weeks."

Permanent jobs with high-paying salaries are a thing of the past for many graduates, and a handful of attorneys are suing against what they feel were misleading job success rates posted by their law schools.” [Emphasis mine] 

Coverage by the LA Times:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-law-grads-20130402,0,1312864.story

On April 1, 2013, Maura Dolan’s article, entitled “Law school graduates aren't finding much on the employment docket,” appeared in the Los Angeles Times. The piece focused on the lawsuits against ABA-accredited diploma mills.

“Nearly 20 lawsuits — five of them against California schools — are being litigated at a time of dim employment prospects for lawyers. Much of the work once done by lawyers can now be done more quickly by computers. 

Online services have made law libraries largely unnecessary, allowing corporations to do more work in-house. Software has sped the hunt for information needed in discovery and other legal tasks, and Web-based companies offer litigants legal documents and help in filling them out. Even after the economy improves, some experts believe the supply of lawyers will outstrip jobs for years to come. [Emphasis mine]

Conclusion: These mainstream articles illustrate the extent of the law school scam. These reports show that the U.S. attorney glut will not go away. The “professors” and deans at these schools are FULLY AWARE of the job outlook facing their graduates. Yet, the cockroaches continue to enroll too many students. Crushing levels of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt compound the problem. Automation and outsourcing have further reduced the need for lawyers. Once the overall job market improves, do not expect benevolent businesses to ditch software programs - in order to pay more, by hiring people.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sixty-Seven Legal “Educators” Admit That the Current Law School Model is Unsustainable


Slate Covers the Attorney Glut, Once Again:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/view_from_chicago/2013/04/the_real_problem_with_law_schools_too_many_lawyers.html

On April 2, 2013, Slate published an Eric Posner piece, entitled “The Real Problem With Law Schools.” The sub-heading reads “They train too many lawyers.” Take a look at the following excerpt:

“A crisis is looming in legal education. Last month, a notable group of legal educators who call themselves the Coalition of Concerned Colleagues released a letter declaring that law schools have spewed forth more graduates than the legal market can absorb, resulting in rising unemployment among young lawyers, who cannot pay off colossal student loans. As the New York Times recently reported, applications are plummeting, and a movement is on to reduce law school educations from three to two years—advocated in the New York Times by law professor Samuel Estreicher and law dean Daniel Rodriguez. The CCC letter similarly argues that legal education should be less expensive and less uniform, which sounds fine in the abstract. But in the details, the proposed fixes will make the crisis worse than ever.” [Emphasis mine]

Later on, Posner correctly points out that reducing JD programs to two years will lead to an even larger flood of graduates. However, check out his faulty conclusion:

“The only realistic way to help lawyers today is to increase the demand for legal services—somehow convincing governments, for example, to pay for adequate representation of indigent defendants[.]”

Apparently, the author is unaware that local, state and federal agencies are resorting to furloughs, while employing other cost-cutting measures. Also, taxpayers are not too keen on providing additional legal help to indigents. Posner’s best contribution was including a hyperlink to the document below.

The Letter from the “Coalition of Concerned Colleagues” to the ABA Swine:

http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/professional_responsibility/taskforcecomments/032013_coalition_revcomment.authcheckdam.pdf

In a joint letter to the ABA Task Force on “Legal Education” labeled “The Economics of Legal Education: A Concern of Colleagues,” a total of 67 “law professors” and deans admitted the following:

“The price of legal education has risen as the job market for lawyers has declined. More than two out of every five 2011 graduates did not obtain a full-time long-term job requiring a law degree; the median starting salary of the class, among the less than half of graduates for whom a salary was reported, was $60,000. The problematic economics are captured by this fundamental mismatch: a graduate who earns the median salary cannot afford to make the monthly loan payments on the average debt.” [Emphasis mine]

Even these academics understand that the actual median starting salary - for the JD Class of 2011 - was much lower than the $60K figure. For $ome rea$on, these “educators” do not voluntarily reduce their bloated incomes. Apparently, they are not THAT concerned about the situation facing students and recent graduates.  The "plea" includes the following admission:

“Legal education cannot continue on the current trajectory. As members of a profession committed to serving the public good, we must find ways to alter the economics of legal education…As legal educators, it is our responsibility to grapple with these issues before our institutions are reshaped in ways beyond our control.” [Emphasis mine]

Of course, these guys provided several Band-aid “solutions” to this big-ass problem. For instance, reducing the undergrad education requirement for law school admission to three would lead to larger \enrollments at ABA toilets. Also, handing out a “professional” degree after two years of law school will cause a bigger glut of recent attorneys. 

Salary Data for Some Members of the "Notable" Group:

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2011/135/645/2011-135645885-083e58a6-9.pdf

Let’s check out the 2011 Form 990, for the pile of rubbish doing business as New York Law School. Head to Part II - Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees. Richard MaTTTTa$ar raked in $734,173 in TOTAL COMPENSATION, for the tax year ending June 30, 2011. Yes, that is correct. The Fat Pig made $538,374 in base compensation; $34,410 in bonus and incentive compensation; $28,653 in retirement and other deferred compensation; and $132,736 in nontaxable benefits. Keep in mind that New York Law Sewer is currently ranked as a fourth tier trash pit, by US "News" & World Report.

http://www.collegiatetimes.com/databases/salaries/university-of-north-carolina-chapel-hill-2010?name=daye&dept=law

According to the salary database at Collegiate Times, Charles Daye received $205,228 in 2010 - as Henry Brandis “professor of law” at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He is a minor academic thief, in comparison to Matasar.  However, he is still "earning" a tremendous income at the expense of taxpayers and student debt slaves.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, this is a mere ploy for the “professors” and deans to maintain some level of control over the upcoming change facing the law schools. This letter also allows these “professors” to come across as “reformers.” Notice that they $omehow did not propose a reduction in law faculty compensation. This is akin to reducing federal spending, without touching the "Defense" budget.  Lastly, does anyone with an IQ above room temperature believe that Pig Richard Matasar gives one damn about his NYL$ victims?!?!
 
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