Monday, July 29, 2013

Circling the Drain: Indiana Tech Law School Now Expecting Only Thirty Students to Enroll for Fall 2013!


The Pigs’ Enrollment Goal:

http://www.indianatech.edu/Academics/law/Pages/admission.aspx

Take a look at this old item on the admissions page for the provisionally-accredited pile of rat dung known as Indiana Tech Law Sewer:

“October 2012 

The Admissions Committee will begin to review applications. As of today, we anticipate that our Charter Class will consist of 100 students whose median LSAT score will be 156 and whose median undergraduate GPA will be 3.5. Tuition for the first class will be $29,500, which is significantly lower than the average private law school tuition rate. Scholarships will be available for underrepresented populations and for students with superior academic and LSAT credentials.” [Emphasis mine]

This school has no alumni base and zero connections in the legal field. There were already four ABA-approved law schools in the state of Indiana, when this garbage heap was proposed. Yet, the swine saw fit to charge $29,500 in annual tuition. As you can see, the vile dogs at this place do not give one damn about the students.

Only 22 Fools Have Submitted Seat Deposits So Far:

http://www.fwbusiness.com/news/latest/businessweekly/article_1b94188f-0825-52e2-8c1c-21ef647f9cf6.html

According to this July 26, 2013 Greater Fort Wayne Business Journal story entitled “Jury’s out on law school,” a pathetic total of 22 students have sent in their seat deposits for the upcoming Fall semester. The piece was authored by reporter Rick Farrant. Check out this fantastic stub, from the article:

“If nothing changes in the next month, the new Indiana Tech Law School will have more faculty and staff than students when the inaugural freshman class begins studies Aug. 26.

School officials had hoped to start with a 100-member class. As of July 23, just 22 students had paid deposits. The $16-million, 70,000-square-foot school, meanwhile, will have 25 faculty and staff when its doors open.” [Emphasis mine]

What a brilliant investment, huh?!?! At least the school will have an amazing student to faculty ratio. The only thing that makes me happier is seeing my child’s smiling face when I come home each day.

Other Coverage:

http://abovethelaw.com/2013/07/new-law-school-gets-just-a-third-of-its-expected-starting-class/

Elie Mystal landed a devastating overhand right to these pigs, in his July 25, 2013 post labeled “New Law School Gets Just A Third Of Its Expected Starting Class.” Review this opening, for a moment:

“In 2011, when Indiana Tech announced it was going to open a law school in Fort Wayne, Indiana for no good reason, Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder said that access to legal education in Indiana was a big reason for opening the fifth law school in the state: “There are potential students who desire a law school education who cannot get that education in this area, and there are people in our state who need legal services who don’t have access to them.”

This was always an incredibly weak argument. Now, as Indiana Tech is set to welcome its first starting class, we have some measure of proof that those 2011 prognostications were as incorrect as everybody knew they’d be in 2011….” [Emphasis mine]

The author then points out that the law school swine simply opened a commode because they could. The dolts figured that they could cash in on the scam, along with all the other ABA-accredited diploma mills. Now, look at Mystal’s poignant summation:

“It is a joke to be opening up a new law school in 2013. As far as we know, there are only 30 people in the country who fell for it. That, my friends, is progress.”

http://lawschoolscam.com/blog/index.php?/archives/116-Indiana-Tech-Focusing-on-Small-Class-Size.html

On July 26, 2013, the Law School Scam Truth Center featured a short, hilarious entry titled “Indiana Tech Focusing on Small Class Size.” Look at the portion below:

“Low student-teacher ratio is good, right? Indiana Tech's will be pretty impressive next year.

The inaugural class is expected to have 30 students, below the school’s original goal of 100.

The learning experience for these thirty will be unassailable. Working that close with expert scholars like Andre Cummings, these students are bound to become a legal force to be reckoned with in northern Indiana.”

Conclusion: Hell, at this rate, the bitches may need to become an open admissions law school.  Unless they prefer to be out of a job within one or two years of opening a new, $16 million facility.  Maybe the toilet can petition the American Bar Association cockroaches to allow Indiana TTTTTech to accept applicants who have not taken the LSAT.  Perhaps the leeches can simply require a Bachelor's degree and a 2.2 undergraduate GPA.  Remember, on May 5, 2010, the Star-Ledger reported that New Jersey's Drake College of Business - not affiliated with Third Tier Drake - was recruiting and then paying homeless people, for enrollment and attendance purposes. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Extra Moist Fecal Matter: the NALP Class of 2012 Employment Report Shows a Fifth Straight Annual Drop in Overall Job Placement Rate


NALP first published its latest edition of "Selected Findings" on June 20, 2013. I have been waiting for these bitches and hags to publish the employment summary report since that time. Evidently, the rats finally posted this info, in the last couple of days.

Summary:

http://www.nalp.org/uploads/NationalSummaryChart2012.pdf

According to the NALP Class of 2012 National Summary Report, 84.7 percent of this massive cohort was employed within nine months of graduation. Of course, this figure includes non-law positions, attorney jobs, part-time and full-time work, plus long term and temporary posts. For $ome rea$on, the law school pigs prefer this broad definition.

Overall, there were 46,364 members of the JD Class of 2012 – competing for a total of 28,567 jobs labeled “bar passage required.” Keep in mind that not all of those positions were traditional attorney openings. Then again, only 45,434 graduates had their info sent to NALP. Using the entire class size, a mere 61.6% of all JDs ended up finding such legal work, i.e. 28,567/46,364. However, this figure jumps all the way up to 64.4 percent, when relying on those for whom employment status was known, i.e. 28,567/44,339.

Head to page two of this PDF, and then scroll down to the subheading Type of Law Firm Job. You will notice that a total of 16,312 members of this class reported working as private lawyers. Presumably, this figure includes desperate solos and recent grads who decided to hang a shingle with their classmates. This represents 36.8 percent of those who supplied their employment status, i.e. 16,312/44,339. Imagine if dental or medical school grads faced similar job prospects, after completing their professional schooling.

At the bottom of the second page, you will see a small chart entitled “Job Characteristics by Employer Type.” A total of 9.2% of all jobs reported were listed as short term, whereas 9.8 percent were described as part-time. Lastly, the next graph reflects the fact that 1,418 JDs, from this class, started their own practice. Plus, self-initiated contact and letters comprised the largest segment of Job Source.

Selected Findings:

http://www.nalp.org/uploads/Classof2012SelectedFindings.pdf

Take a look at the organization’s press release, which was misleadingly entitled “Law School Class of 2012 Finds More Jobs, Starting Salaries Rise – But Large Class Size Hurts Overall Employment Rate.” In particular, review this opening:

“The overall employment rate for new law school graduates fell to 84.7%. Even though the overall number of jobs obtained by this class was higher than the number of jobs obtained by the prior class, the Class of 2012 was also bigger. When coupled with fewer law-school funded positions, this resulted in the overall employment rate for the Class of 2012 falling almost a full percentage point from the 85.6% measured for the prior year. The overall rate has now fallen for five years in a row since 2008.” [Emphasis mine]

Apparently, many ABA-accredited dung heaps/diploma mills are no longer willing to spend money to hire recent, out of work grads to file paperwork – in order to artificially inflate their employment “placement” numbers. Perhaps, some of these commodes simply do not have the funds to do so.

Later on the first page, the piece continued:

“Despite signs of modest improvement, as evidenced by more law firm jobs as described below, there are still signs of structural weaknesses in the entry-level job market. For instance, of those graduates for whom employment status was known, only 64.4% obtained a job for which bar passage was required. This figure has fallen over 10 percentage points just since 2008 – and is the lowest percentage NALP has ever measured.” [Emphasis mine]

Notice that the hacks at NALP – not scambloggers – employed the phrase “structural weaknesses in the entry-level job market.” At some point, even the scammers and the leeches cannot deny reality.

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

Law Student Indebtedness Figures: US “News” & World Report furnished a list labeled “Which law school graduates have the most debt?” The page shows average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred law school debt. If you are still planning on attending law school, ask yourself the following question: “Is it worth incurring an additional $135K-$160K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, in order to receive a TTTT law degree from Whittier College?” 

You should apply the same cost-benefit analysis with the school that has admitted you. At such soul-crushing levels of debt, you would need to land Biglaw – merely to have a chance at breaking even. Remember that these figures do not take undergraduate debt into account. They also do not include interest, which accrues while your ass is enrolled.

Conclusion: Are you still intent on pissing away your financial health and your future, for a dwindling chance to enter the GLUTTED U.S. lawyer job market, Lemming?!?! You are better off taking your chances in a casino. Hell, at least you can have gambling debts discharged in bankruptcy – which is NOT an option for student loans. You simply DO NOT NEED to incur a mountain of debt, in order for the “professors” and administrator pigs to live handsomely – for producing minimal “work.” If you truly want to throw away money, just pay me $5,000 to kick you square in the face. The pain will be temporary, and you will not have ruined your life in the process.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Pungent Second Tier Filth Pit: University of San Diego School of Law



http://www.sandiego.edu/law/financial_aid/cost_of_attendance/jd_tuition_and_fees.php

Tuition: According to the commode, full-time law students at the Univer$iTTy of $an Diego were charged $45,600 in tuition - for the 2012-2013 school year. Fees added $260 to the gigantic tab. At least part-time students were only ass-raped to the tune of $33,000 for the same academic year. Plus, these students merely face $250 in mandatory fees. What a bargain, huh?!?!

Total Cost of Attendance: Based on the same page, other expenses will amount to $23,186 to the overall price. As such, the total COA - for 2012-2013 - was $69,046. The bitches and hags at this toilet cannot even add correctly. They show a total of $69,076. At least, their calculations for part-time students were right.

However, keep in mind that ABA-accredited diploma mills base living expenses on a nine-month school year, and not the full 12 months. Seeing that students will require year-round costs, I will pro-rate the following items: rent, food, transportation, and miscellaneous. Doing so, we reach the following more accurate COA figures: $75,199 for full-time law students - and $62,284 for those attending this trash pit on a part-time basis.  This school is CLEARLY not looking out for its students' best interests.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+3

Ranking: What’s that you say, lemming? At such prohibitive costs, surely this school must be one prestigious, highly-respected institution?!?! If you believe that - and you do not want to be disabused of that notion - then skip over the rest of this paragraph. Bob Morse and US “News” & World Report list the Univer$iTTy of $an Diego Sewer of Law as the 68th greatest, most magnificent and phenomenal law school in the entire United States. 

Hell, it only shares this distinct rating with the following seven dung heaps: Case Western Reserve University, Chicago-Kent, Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Arkansas-Fayetteville, Louisville, UNLV and the University of Oklahoma. Their mothers must be very proud of this “accomplishment.”

http://www.sandiego.edu/law/careers/students/employment_data/2012_employment_data.php

Published Employment Placement Data: The festering cesspool claims that 81.96 percent of its Class of 2012 was employed, within nine months of graduation. What a truly remarkable figure! Only 51 people - out of 327 total graduates - were unemployed, at this mark.

Scroll down to the subheading Law School/University Funded Positions. You will notice that a total of 22 graduates - from this cohort alone - ended up working in such posts! Yes, this is the hallmark of a pre$TTigiou$ law school, right?!?!

Under Employment Type, you will see that 98 graduates from the U$D Law Class of 2012 were hired by private law firms. This figure represents 30% of the overall cohort. Imagine if AMA-accredited medical schools featured such job outcomes for their grads. Of this amount, 46 ended up working in firms of 2-10 attorneys; only 16 ended up in Biglaw.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+3

Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the USD Law Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $122,932. By the way, 81 percent of this school’s 2012 class took on such putrid debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account.

http://www.sandiego.edu/law/news/blogs_publications/publications/journals/climate/

Garbage Journal Publications: As a student at USD Sewer of Law, you will have the unique opportunity to write onto the world-renowned San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law! If you are in a serious relationship - and you don’t want beautiful, busty bikini models to climb on top of you and scratch their names into your back - then you should not go around town bragging about your journal experience or position. [Disclaimer: women will not be impressed by this “credential.”] Here is a partial description:

“The San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law serves as a foundation for continued dialogue and development of the rapidly emerging legal issues related to climate change and energy. The journal delves into topics such as insurance claims related to climate change, law and economics associated with cap-and-trade greenhouse gas markets, new energy policy of the carbon-constrained world, legal implications of trans-border air and water pollution, and effects of climate change on endangered species law.”

Conclusion: Do not even consider attending this grossly overpriced trash pit. You will be MUCH worse off financially by incurring an additional $130K-$175K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, if you end up earning $40K-$55K per year. Try paying rent, putting food on the table, keeping the power on, buying health insurance, and repaying your student loans on that salary. Now imagine trying to get married, purchasing a home, having children and feeding them - at that income level. 

Keep in mind that California realty prices are pricey, and the state income tax rate is notoriously high. As of 2013, if you make between $38,727 and $48,942 - as a single person or married but filing separately - your tax rate is 8 percent. Joint filers making $77,453-$97,884 fall into the same bracket. If you are single and earn more than $48,942 but less than $250K, then your state income tax rate is 9.3 percent. Lastly, California is the SECOND-MOST GLUTTED lawyer job market in the country. In sum, you need to view law school STRICTLY as a financial decision, because it will impact you for the rest of your life.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Profiles in Academic Excrement: Victor Fleischer of the University of San Diego School of Law


Thanks to the Law School Truth Center for finding this rat bastard’s drivel.

Ass-Clown is Upset That Seton Hall is Cutting Staff:

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/the-unseen-costs-of-cutting-law-school-faculty/

On July 9, 2013, the New York Times Dealbook published Cockroach Victor Fleischer’s piece, entitled
“The Unseen Costs of Cutting Law School Faculty.” Take a look at the following, stench-filled excerpts:

“The situation at Seton Hall is representative of many other non-elite law schools. Firing untenured faculty is a shortsighted approach to managing an academic budget. It encroaches on an important principle of academic freedom, namely that a tenure decision should be based on the merit of the case, not the budget of the department.

As a tax scholar who writes about issues that can hit rich people in the pocketbook, I am sometimes reminded why the institution of tenure, for all its flaws, is worth keeping around.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, where would society be without your invaluable contributions?!?! Later on, the douche-bag wrote:

“Seton Hall’s decision to allow budget considerations to affect tenure outcomes sets a bad precedent. Law professors, economists and other academics are often called to testify in front of Congress, and academic research is often used to shape legal policy. Academic views are respected precisely because they are free from economic pressures; academics are not beholden to clients. If universities tie tenure decisions to department budgets, deans will be tempted to think about pleasing alumni in determining whom to tenure and whom to let go.

Across the country, law school enrollment has declined as prospective students respond to dismal employment prospects. Seton Hall has slashed its tuition by more than half for well-qualified students, to about $22,000 from $47,000, matching the in-state tuition rate at Rutgers. While reducing class size and lowering tuition is the right response to weak employment prospects, it obviously leaves a hole in the budget.

Neither law schools in particular nor universities in general are well designed to deal with fluctuating revenue. Academic budgets have high fixed costs, largely attributable to the salaries of tenured professors. Budgets have exploded with increases in administrative staff, information technology staff, and health care and pension costs.” [Emphasis mine]

Victor Fleischer points out that tenured “professors” account for a large portion of a law school’s budget. Yet, he believes that schools – including the parent univer$itie$ - should keep funneling money on these expendable employees who provide little “work.” Yes, you “educators” are just as disposable as the rest of us.

Other Coverage:

http://lawschoolscam.com/blog/index.php?/archives/114-New-York-Times-Writer-Defends-Unjust-Faculty-Cuts.html

On July 10, 2013, LSTC published an entry entitled “New York Times Writer Defends Unjust Faculty Cuts.” Read his biting summary of Fliescher’s views:

“Clinical legal education: a boondoggle. Junior faculty who publish fluff are important, people. Their right to publish offensively useless fluff must be protected at all costs. Now pay your tuition and leave us alone to bask in our six-figure prestige. MY CV IS TWENTY PAGES LONG AND PROVES I ADD VALUE TO THE HUMAN RACE.” [Emphasis in original]

Scroll down to the first comment, from OTLSS co-author dybbuk. On the same day, at 5:39 am, he posted this remark:

“If Professor Fleischer of the University of San Diego School of Law wants to identify a boondoggle, he could look over at his spouse, Professor Fleischer of the University of San Diego School of Law. Yes, there are two of them, and the boondoggle is called "spousal hiring." 

Apparently, that the sewer rat feels that this is a perk that should be available to “law professors.” Yet, I am sure that the jackass brays whenever corporate boards feature familial relations.

Confirmation That USD Sewer of Law Also Hired Victor’s Wife as a Lecturer:

http://www.sandiego.edu/law/news/news_releases/newslist.php?_focus=44777

Check out this April 10, 2013 press release labeled “Howard Abrams, Miranda Fleischer and Victor Fleischer Join USD School of Law Faculty.” Apparently, this Clay Aiken doppelganger taught at the same ABA-accredited in$titution as Paul Campos, before taking his and his wife asses to the 68th greatest and most pre$TTigiou$ law school in the land, i.e. the University of San Diego Sewer of Law.

“Victor Fleischer joins USD’s tax faculty after teaching or serving as visiting professor at the University of Colorado, UCLA, University of Illinois, New York University and Georgetown University. He teaches in the areas of partnership and corporate taxation, deals, tax policy and private equity.”

Conclusion: Victor Fleischer is a typical hypocrite pig who believes that other business entities – such as oil companies, private equity firms and hedge fund managers – should be held accountable for their actions, while his filthy, vile, trash indu$try is left alone. For $ome rea$on, this “tax scholar” has not pushed the idea of removing the tax-exempt status of highly-profitable U.S. colleges and universities. By the way, if this bitch is such a tax “expert,” he should realize that companies – including supposed “non-profit institutions of higher education” – need to meet payroll. Businesses are not keen on the idea of losing money. In the end, Fleischer is another academic charlatan who wants to keep the gravy train rolling along. Did you notice that the cockroach did not once mention, in his lengthy Dealbook piece, the students’ interests?!?!  This jackal does not give one damn about YOU, the student or recent graduate.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Third Tier University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Lays Off Nine; Will Cut Staff and Enrollment by 40 Percent!


The Commode Announces the Downsizing:

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/05/5547577/mcgeorge-law-school-downsizes.html

On July 5, 2013, the Sacramento Bee published reporter Mark Glover’s piece, “McGeorge Law School downsizes student body and staff.” Read the brief paragraph below:

“The dean of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law says the school is downsizing its student body and staff.”

Later on, the piece mentioned the following:

"The law school has reorganized the staff in Sacramento to align with its new size. The school first offered a voluntary severance plan to all staff members. This week it was necessary to lay off several staff members. McGeorge is going to be a smaller law school, but it will continue its proud tradition over 90 years of educating excellent attorneys."

The Bee contacted [toilet spokeswoman Bethany] Daniels early Friday after receiving an email tip of a "round of involuntary staff layoffs" at McGeorge this week.

Daniels was contacted after a call to longtime McGeorge spokesman Mike Curran was answered by a recorded message that said that he was no longer with the school, effective July 1. His voicemail provided Daniels' contact information.

Daniels said in a midafternoon email that "the number of layoffs was very small and the majority of reductions were voluntary." [Emphasis mine]

This development makes your heart glow. How often does a small group of committed individuals cause a billion dollar, foul industry to suffer?!?!

The Story Gets Even Better:

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/08/5552789/mcgeorge-law-school-says-it-will.html

Four days later, Glover wrote a follow-up piece for the Bee, under the headline “McGeorge law school says it will shrink by more than 40 percent.” Check out this beautiful opening:

“Student enrollment at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will scale down to about 600 students over the next three years, accompanied by about a 40 percent reduction in staff.

Bethany Daniels, spokeswoman at the McGeorge campus at 3200 Fifth Ave., in Sacramento, said McGeorge student enrollment totaled 1,036 students in fall of 2010.” [Emphasis mine]

After describing the national situation, the author continued:

“On Friday, Francis J. Mootz III, McGeorge's dean, issued a statement saying, in part: "In response to the unprecedented drop in applications to law schools across the country, McGeorge School of Law is reducing the size of its student body." 

Today, Daniels said the current "staff realignment was largely achieved by voluntary actions - retirements and voluntary severance."

She said nine McGeorge employees were laid off last Tuesday.” [Emphasis mine]

I haven’t been this proud since the birth of my child. Sure, those academic pigs “voluntarily” left their positions – and I chose not to try out for the Giants in spring training.

http://www.mcgeorge.edu/Future_Students/Costs_and_Aid/Tuition_and_Fees.htm

Tuition: According to the third tier garbage heap, full-time tuition – for the 2013-2014 school year – will amount to $44,690. That is an outrage! Then again, part-time students will only be charged $29,700 for the 2013-2014 academic year. So that makes everything okay, right?!?!

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+5

Ranking: As you can see from the link above, US “News” & World Report rates the McGeorge Sewer of Law as the 124th greatest, most illustrious and magnificent law school in the entire country. Yay!! In fact, it only shares this distinct honor with the University of St. Thomas School of Law – i.e. the one located in Minneapolis, not Miami Gardens.

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

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the McGeorge JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $140,566. Hell, 92 percent of this school’s 2012 class took on such putrid debt. Keep in mind that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account.

Conclusion: The law school pigs are beginning to wilt under the heat of the barbecue pit. The bastards are finally starting to feel the effects of their fraudulent, filthy, vile actions. Do not shed a single tear for these cockroaches. They KNOWINGLY participated in this scam, for decades. They were AWARE that the U.S. lawyer job market was GLUTTED. Furthermore, they massaged employment placement data – in order to increase their USN&WR ranking and get more asses in seats. Plus, they recognized that tuition was SKYROCKETING. They did nothing to alleviate the situation, other than increase their clinical offerings and idiotic LLM programs.

These ABA-accredited dung pits ought to be closed down permanently, and turned into children’s museums. At least then, the space would be put to good use. Again, the “professors,” administrators and staff at these in$TTTiTTTion$ of “higher learning” do not give one goddamn about you, the student or recent graduate. YOU are a mere means to an end, to these sick bitches and hags. They get paid up front, in full – while YOU are stuck carrying the big-ass bag of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for the next 20-30 years of your life. Rejoice at this news, and keep the pressure on these sewer rats. They will fight to keep the gravy train rolling along, to their last, foul breath.

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:

http://abovethelaw.com/2013/07/a-law-schools-possible-purge-of-its-junior-faculty-ranks/

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.

Other Coverage:

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2013/07/seton-hall-law-school-cuts-faculty-compensation-by-10-gives-notice-to-all-untenured-faculty-of-possible-termination

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]

http://lawandmore.typepad.com/law_and_more/2013/07/seton-hall-law-schools-junior-faculty-all-could-be-axed-for-2014-2015-academic-year.html

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.

http://law.shu.edu/Students/Bursar/Tuition-and-Fees.cfm

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?!?!

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+3

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.

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

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.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Third Tier Vermont Law School is Cutting More Jobs, in Response to Shrinking Class Sizes

Another Tremendous Article:

http://vtdigger.org/2013/06/27/vermont-law-school-makes-more-cuts-as-class-size-drops/

On June 27, 2013, the Vermont Journalism Trust published a Alicia Freese piece, under the header “Vermont Law School makes more cuts as class size drops.”  Check out this opening:

"Sarah Buxton, a state representative for the towns of Tunbridge and South Royalton, got some unpleasant, if not totally unexpected, news when she returned to her job at the Vermont Law School after a four-month stint at the Statehouse. Buxton’s position — assistant director of community relations and alumni affairs — was axed at the end of May, leaving the 34-year old lawmaker out of work.

Buxton’s involuntary departure is one of a number of cost-cutting decisions that the Vermont Law School has made in the past six months. The school is grappling with a trend that’s afflicting law schools almost across the board — fewer applicants are applying due to dwindling job prospects and the specter of student debt.

Vermont Law School is particularly vulnerable to financial backlash of that trend because it lacks the shield of a “mothership.” Most law schools are housed within universities, which have been able to absorb their losses."

You’re welcome, bitches.  Then again, if you were not such greedy swine, you could have avoided such swift cuts to faculty and staff.  Later on, the article continued:

“Starting last September, VLS enacted a plan to shrink the school in response to a tuition dollar drought that left it with a $3.3 million budget gap. The school attracted national attention last winter when it cut 12 staff positions — 10 were through voluntary buyouts and two were involuntary.

This past spring, in a quieter move, VLS whittled down its faculty. Eight professors, of the 40 who were eligible, voluntarily moved from full-time to part-time positions. Mihaly estimated that two or three other positions were eliminated when professors departed for personal reasons.

VLS has been pruning expenses elsewhere, too. It has cut down on cleaning services and changed the hours and offerings of its food service, among other changes. At one point, there were conversations about whether coffee would continue to be available in offices, according to one staff member.

An analysis by Bloomberg Business Week shows VLS had the third-highest acceptance rate in 2012, with 83 percent of applicants being admitted. [In past years, the rate has typically fallen between 60 percent and 75 percent.] That prompted The Careerist, a law job blog, to place it in the unflattering category of “law schools where your pet poodle can probably get in.” [Emphasis mine]

Hell, cheap prostitutes are more selective than the pigs at VermonTTT Law Sewer.  Since the dung pit accepts 83 percent of applicants, it is CLEAR that the rats have no standards.  By the way, you could put these “professors” and administrators to actual work, and have them maintain the grounds and scrub the campus toilets.

Financial Status of the “School”:

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2011/237/251/2011-237251952-0851043c-9.pdf

Let’s take a look at the 2011 Form 990, for Employer ID No. 23-7251952, i.e. Vermont Law School Inc.  Look at lines 20-22 on the first page of this tax document.  You will see that this commode - as of June 30, 2011 - only had $46,807,827 in total assets.  It held $20,284,689 in total liabilities.  This school had an endowment of $26,523,138.  That is tiny, in comparison to most independent, ABA-accredited law schools, let alone those tied to colleges and universities.  

Furthermore, the school received $36,613,766 in total revenue, for this particular tax year.  This info is contained on line 12 of page one.  On line 19, you will note that the trash heap spent more than it took in that year.  Specifically, the pigs ran a deficit of $93,611.  The school simply does not have enough assets to sustain many losses.  Due to the recent smaller class sizes, it is almost certain that the endowment is even smaller now.  

Pathetic Job Prospects for VLS Grads:

http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/03/-full-rankings-bar-admission-required-full-time-long-term.html

Gary Rosin posted a Faculty Lounge entry labeled “Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term,” back on March 30, 2013.  VermonTTT Law $chool ranked 153rd out of 197 ABA-accredited in$titution$.  Only 45.1% of this trash pit’s Class of 2012 landed full-time, long term jobs where bar passage was required.  Keep in mind that not all of those positions were traditional attorney openings.

When you click on the hyperlink for 119th “best” Vermont Law Sewer, you will be directed to the following overview, from USN&WR:

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/vermont-law-school-03158

“Careers

Employed at graduation: 20.7% 
Median private sector starting salary: $53,500 
Median public service starting salary: $45,000”  [Emphasis mine]

That “placement” rate is beyond pathetic!  By the way, according to US “News” & World Report, the average law student indebtedness amount - for those members of the VLS Law Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - was $132,337.  Who in their right mind would take out an additional $132K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a chance to make $45K per year?!?!

Conclusion: Vermont Law Sewer is vulnerable, because it is an independent, private commode.  It is not attached to a larger college or university.  As mentioned above, the school has a small endowment - and the enrollment is dropping at this garbage pile.  Don’t feel bad for the “professors” who got the ax at this place.  Collectively, they have financially ruined tons of students and graduates.  Plus, this school will likely seek to merge with an existing university in the area.
 
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