Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Profiles in Duplicitous Swine: Edward Zelinsky, “Law Professor” at Cardozo Law School


The $elf-Intere$ted Parasite’s “Case” for Another Year:

On November 4, 2013, a dung beetle calling itself Edward Zelinsky posted an Oxford University Press blog entry labeled “Add a fourth year to law school.”  Take a look at his excrementitiously ripe “argument”:

http://blog.oup.com/2013/11/add-a-fourth-year-to-law-school/

“Three considerations counsel the need for an additional year of law school:

First, there is today much more law to learn than there was in the past. There are today whole new fields of law which did not exist a generation ago, e.g., health care law. Moreover, within pre-existing areas of the law, the amount of law has expanded enormously over the last two decades…

Second, through expanded LLM programs, we are de facto creeping towards four years of legal education. In many areas of the law, such as tax, LLM degrees have grown in prominence. Several factors are fueling the expansion of LLM programs. Chief among these is that there is now more law to cover in a fourth year of law school.

Rather than the currently haphazard growth of LLM programs, it would be more sensible to require universally a fourth year of education for all law students.

Third, many of the same critics who favor a two year law school curriculum also support expanded clinical education for law students. Such expanded clinical education should not come at the expense of substantive legal education but in addition to it.” [Emphasis mine]

Keep in mind that Cockroach Edward A. Zelinsky is something called the “Morris and Annie Trachman Professor of Law” at the 58th "greatest" law school in the country, i.e, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University.  Now to the rodent’s conclusion:

“An ancillary benefit of a fourth year of legal education would, in the short run, be a reduction in the supply of law school graduates. A fourth year would also abate the job-related pressures students currently feel after the second year of law school by giving students another bite of the employment-related apple after their third year.

The world is more complicated than it used to be. For better or worse, the law’s complexity has grown apace. Well-trained lawyers in the 21st century will need to know more law than did their predecessors. A mandatory, universal fourth year of law school is the right response to the shortcomings of legal education in a complex world.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, the rat is clearly concerned with the attorney GLUT in this country, right?!?!  By the way, law school doesn’t teach people how to practice law, Bitch.  At this point, the students are bored to death by the third year.

Other Coverage:

Elie Mystal posted a November 5, 2013 ATL entry entitled “Law Professor Suggests Adding An Extra Year To Law School — Seriously?”  He rips Zelinsky’s garbage argument to shreds, and then delivers this epic conclusion:

http://abovethelaw.com/2013/11/law-professor-suggests-adding-an-extra-year-to-law-school-hes-doesnt-have-to-pay-for-it-so-what-does-he-care/

“If technology is supposed to decrease the cost of legal education, then why hasn’t it already? Wh[y] hasn’t tuition at Cardozo gone down over the past ten years? Why are law schools terrified about the decreasing number of law school applicants? Is Professor Zelinsky honestly suggesting that somehow four years of law school will be cheaper than three? Why don’t we focus on retarding the current administrative outlays before we try to increase the cost of school by 33 percent?

Zelinsky’s idea is a joke, and not a funny one. It’s a callous thought experiment by a professor who seems more interested in helping law schools take advantage of their students, instead of seriously looking at what law students need in this challenging market.” [Emphasis mine]

“Law professors” love to joke that lawyers suck at math, but Pig Zelinsky’s piece takes that to a whole new level of stupid.

On November 7, 2013, MA of Outside the Law School Scam authored a post labeled “Edward Zelinsky: The Most Deluded Law Professor I Have Seen Yet.”  Check out this brilliant portion below:

http://outsidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2013/11/edward-zelinsky-most-deluded-law.html

“I see. So adding a fourth year of law school is going to cause administrators to say, "Hold on guys! These students are paying us way too much in tuition now. We need to cut costs pronto!" And this will be aided in some mysterious way by "technology". Ed, I see that you care more about buying a new Mercedes than the fact that the majority of your students will be unable to afford the lifestyle your school's glossy law porn promised them. What have law school administrators done to date that would lead anyone to the conclusion that adding another year of potential revenue will lead them to start thinking more about students? Most law students are already carrying educational debt from undergrad when schools like Cardozo add another $276,000 to the tally. A fourth year will only allow law school admins to hire more useless faculty and for people like Ed Zelinsky to keep writing more academic books about IRAs and how Baby Boomers can save more for retirement.” [Emphasis mine]

My only disagreement with this entire article is the headline.  I doubt that the academic thief is delusional.  He is merely trying to make potential law school applicants believe that he has their best interests at heart.  This is akin to the man who slowly approaches little kids with his old van, and tells them that their father asked him to pick them up from school today.

Conclusion: Edward Zelinsky is a shameless turd.  The jackal even compares “legal education” to medical school.  Apparently, he does not understand that medical students will enter a true profession, i.e. one that looks out for and protects its students and practitioners.  In the final analysis, this sewer rat does not give one damn about YOU, the law student or potential applicant.  He wants to burden you with an additional year of law school.  Remember that the bastard is aware of continuously falling applications and enrollment at ABA-accredited diploma mills.  His suggestion would merely ensure that the commodes and trash pits would rake in more money with fewer students.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Unaccredited Texas Trash Pit: University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law


http://lawschool.untsystem.edu/admissions/costs

Tuition: This pile of waste has not yet opened its filthy doors.  Of course, that doesn’t stop these pigs from charging non-resident, full-time students $23,760 in tuition - for the 2014-2015 school year.  In-state, full time UNT law students will be charged a rate of $12,540 for 2014-2015, once the $1,500 partial tuition waiver is applied.

Why Attend This Vile Toilet?: In the pigs’ own words:

http://lawschool.untsystem.edu/why-unt-dallas-col

“WE OFFER AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO LEGAL EDUCATION.

We are a new law school, with a fresh emphasis on learning by doing. We utilize the best instructional practices, offer engaged, experiential and collaborative learning, and provide ongoing assessment for our students. Since sound legal judgment is cultivated by experience, we give you ample opportunities to do real law. Most of our upper level courses include a “lab” component that applies the subject matter while developing practical competencies. And our students actively participate in practice settings while receiving mentoring and guidance.” [Emphasis mine]

You will still be taught by failed attorneys known as “law professors.”  Most of these dolts will have roughly seven minutes of experience as lawyers.  If "the law" is so wonderful and amazing, why aren't these old bitches and hags practicing?!?!  Plus, this school has no alumni network at all!

Message from the Swine Dean: Arlen Specter-doppelganger Royal Furgeson puts forth the following reason for attending his outhouse:

http://lawschool.untsystem.edu/about/message-from-dean

“So you want to go to law school. Why should you consider us, the UNT Dallas College of Law, a brand new school? Without making any extravagant promises, I can think of a few reasons, and not simply because I am the Dean.

Our goal is to be a teaching law school, concentrating on student learning, but with a different vision of what that means. For one thing, in the first year and beyond, your courses will include periodic feedback and assessments during the course, not the usual single test at the end of each semester. This will help you know how well you are learning the material, and how to improve.  It also will help us monitor how effectively we are teaching. We don’t want anyone to fall behind if we can prevent it. So we will be challenging you, but we will also be supportive.” [Emphasis mine]

Cockroach Specter, you will recall, was the author of the idiotic “magic bullet” theory, in order to help cover up the November 22, 1963 assassination that took place in Dealey Plaza - and he went to Yale Law School!  In the final analysis, Furgeson is also grasping at straws - in an attempt to justify his unaccredited filth pit’s existence.  It goes without saying that this periodic feedback will not create any additional lawyer job openings in the state.  Plus, legal employers outside of Texas will not be looking at UNT Dallas Commode of Law grads.

Epic Flush of UNT Dallas COL: Back on July 6, 2010, Elie Mystal posted a hilarious entry labeled “How to Sell a Law School to Texans.”  Check out this segment:

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/07/how-to-sell-a-law-school-to-texans/

“Over the weekend, a tipster sent us the pitch North Texas is using on Texans who don’t know any better. Here’s the school’s headline:

Opening a public law school at the right time in the right place

You have got to be freaking kidding me…

As with the travesty at UMass, the North Texas argument is that North Texas somehow deserves a law school, not whether a new law school is needed (or whether its graduates will be able to find jobs). The website has five bullet points for why it’s a good idea to open a public law school in Dallas/Fort Worth. They are exceedingly stupid reasons:

* Since 1980, Texas’ population has grown from 14.3 million to an estimated 23.9 million in 2007, but no additional opportunities for legal education have been added.

I’ll stipulate that the demand for legal education is up if you stipulate that the supply of actual lawyers has totally saturated the market.

* The last public law school in Texas opened in 1967. Since 2000, the number of bachelor degrees is growing at an average rate of 2,400 per year.

Objection: relevance.” [Emphasis mine]

Anyone with an ounce of integrity and honesty realizes that there is no need for another law school in Texas.

The Lawyer Glut in Texas: Catherine Rampell’s piece, “The Lawyer Surplus, State by State,” was published by the New York Times Economix blog - on June 27, 2011.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/the-lawyer-surplus-state-by-state/?_r=0

According to Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., Texas had the SEVENTH MOST GLUTTED LAWYER JOB MARKET in the entire damn country.  Does that sound as if the state needed another piece of garbage law school?!?!

Conclusion: The UniversiTTTTTTy of NorTTTTTTh TTTTTTexas aTTTTTT Dallas Commode of Law is a pathetic joke.  As pointed out above, the Texas attorney job market is GLUTTED.  There are already nine ABA-accredited diploma mills located in the state.  Does anyone with a functioning brain stem believe that Texans are in need of legal representation from waterheads who couldn’t get into a real law school?!?!  Furthermore, will those clients be able to pay for these garbage services?!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fourth Tier Trash Pit New England Law | Boston Shedding Faculty Due to Falling Enrollment

Wonderful News!:

On November 11, 2013, the NaTTTional Juri$TTT published Alicia Albertson’s piece, “New England Law downsizing enrollment, faculty size.”  Look at this excerpt:

http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/new-england-law-downsizing-enrollment-faculty-size

“John O’Brien, previously the highest paid dean in the nation, will take a 25 percent pay cut this year, amid enrollment cutbacks and faculty buyouts at New England Law | Boston.

Its part of the school’s effort to stay ahead of the curve.

“Looking ahead, New England Law, like most law schools, anticipates fewer applications and smaller classes for the foreseeable future as a result of national trends,” said Patrick Collins, director of communications and marketing at the stand-alone law school. “The school is positioning itself for those realities.”

O’Brien’s salary will drop from $867,000 to around $650,000 a year. They faculty buyouts would go into effect for the 2014-2015 academic year.

“The Board of Trustees has proposed a generous incentive plan for voluntary separation by some faculty members, to take effect at the beginning of the new academic year,” Collins said. “The final number of participants in the plan will depend on faculty interest, enrollment projections, curricular needs and other institutional requirements.” [Emphasis mine]

You’re welcome, cockroaches!  I love how the bitches and hags at this dump tried to spin this as a “voluntary” reduction in student enrollment.  Yeah, sure it was their choice - and I decided not to ask Salma Hayek out last weekend.

Other Coverage:

Paul Campos reported on this development with his October 25, 2013 entry labeled “Law school dean threatens to summarily fire faculty who don’t accept buyouts or doubled teaching loads.”  Read the following portion:

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2013/10/law-school-dean-threatens-to-summarily-fire-faculty-who-dont-accept-buyouts-or-doubled-teaching-loads

“Paul Caron quotes an anonymous source “close to the situation” as they say:

New England School of Law plans to eliminate 14 fulltime faculty positions by August 1, 2014. Depending on how one counts, this is about 35-40% of the regular faculty. . . . Faculty have been told by Dean John O’Brien that these 14 positions will be eliminated according to the School’s needs, regardless of tenure or seniority. An incentive plan has been offered to senior faculty and certain clinical faculty, but those who don’t take it have been threatened with termination. Their decisions must be final by the end of the Fall term. Those who still do not comply or were not offered the plan, were told that if they remain, their workload during the next academic year will move from 2 to as much as 4 courses per semester and that they will be required to be at their desks from 9 to 5 each day of the work week or an equivalent time period if they are teaching evening classes.

(I asked Caron how confident he is in the source’s reliability, and he replied “100%.”).” [Emphasis mine]

I am enjoying this development thoroughly.

A Severe Uppercut to the Swines' Snouts:

The Law School Truth Center blog went off on Pig O’Brien, in the October 28, 2013 post entitled “The Intolerable Acts of King O'Brien.”  Check out this epic, hilarious opening:

http://lawschooltruthcenter.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-intolerable-acts-of-king-obrien.html

“New England School of Law - close to the place where Britain really put the vicegrip on the American colonies' revolutionizing nutsack - is paying homage to that heritage by cracking the whip on its law professors:

35-40% cut in faculty.

Increased teaching loads to 8 classes per annum.

9-5 work schedule.

9-5 work schedule!!!!!!!

Intolerable.  These are academic professionals.” [Emphasis mine]

I’m sure that the academic thieves at this notorious dung pit are sweating their little balls off over this fact.  Remember, the vast majority of house cats work harder than these bastards.

Conclusion: John O’Brien is a reprehensible cockroach.  As you can see, New England Law | Boston is rated as a FOURTH TIER PILE OF TRASH - by US “News” & World Report.  Yes, that surely makes this sewer rat worth every penny of his $867K annual compensation, huh?!?!  In the last analysis, this commode announcing that it is cutting staff is akin to a plumber slicing a turd in half.  What’s the big deal?  Well, according to USN&WR, the average law student indebtedness figure for the NELB Class of 2012 stood at a $132,632.  In fact, 92% of this unfortunate cohort incurred debt for a TTTT law degree.  At least, these academic dung beetles will not be FINANCIALLY RAPING as many students each year.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

First Tier Vomit: Vanderbilt University Law School


http://law.vanderbilt.edu/prospective-students/costs-financial-aid/budget.php

Tuition: Full-time law students at Vanderbilt Univer$ity will be ass-raped to the tune of $47,746 in tuition - for the 2013-2014 school year.  These sewer rats are essentially charging medical school rates.  In fact, Vanderbilt Law charges a higher amount of tuition than the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, i.e. $44,030.  Someone explain to me how in the hell the law school incurs higher costs than the medical school!

Estimated Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, living expenses will add another $21,198 to the gigantic tab.  Loan fees account for an additional $1,158, while books and supplies amount to $1,842.  Using the first tier toilet’s numbers, the total COA - for the 2013-2014 academic year - is $71,944.

At least, the pigs at Vanderbilt are up front about basing their living costs on a nine-month school year.  Actual law students will require twelve months of expenses.  In order to reach a more accurate figure, we need to prorate the following items: housing; miscellaneous; meals; and transportation.  After doing so, the total estimated cost of attendance - for 2013-2014 - amounts to $79,010.  Yes, the school truly cares about the students, right?!?!

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

Ranking: Bob Morse and US “News” & World Report lists Vanderbilt Univer$ity Law Sewer as the 15th best law school in the entire damn country.  It only shares this distinction with one other ABA-accredited commode, i.e. the Univer$ity of Texa$ $chool of Law.

http://law.vanderbilt.edu/employers-cs/three-year-summary.php

Employment Placement Statistics: The Class of 2012 had 196 members.  Of this amount, three graduates did not supply their job status to the school.  Ten JDs from this cohort were unemployed.  Notice that the bitches and hags cannot add, as the column only amounts to 195.  As such, the employment “placement” rate was 94.8 percent, i.e. 182/192.

Under Employment Types, you will notice that 52% of employed grads went to work for private law firms - of any size.  From this segment, 37 percent were hired by firms of more than 500 attorneys.  Basically, 18.24% of this class entered Biglaw, i.e. 94.8*0.52*0.37.  Still like your odds, ass-clown?!?!

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

Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Vanderbilt JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $124,493. Yet, “only” 76 percent of this school’s 2012 class took on such vile debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2012/620/476/2012-620476822-096d0323-9.pdf

Law Faculty and Administrator Salary Info: Let’s see how well the academic thieves are doing, in juxtaposition with their debt-strapped students.  In order to do so, we will look at the 2012 Form 990.  Head all the way down to pages 359 and 360 of this document, to find highest paid swine.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Can you believe this nonsense?!?!  The following TOTAL COMPENSATION figures are for the tax year ending on June 30, 2012.

Nicholas Zippos “serves” as chancellor, but he is also listed as a “professor of law.”  This rodent raked in $1,234,749 - with $1,007,183 coming in base salary.  Meanwhile, David Williams II rolled around in $1,215,566 - for his dual role as vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics and “law professor.”  Who says that “higher education” doesn’t pay off handsomely?!

http://www.wbir.com/news/article/113352/0/Young-law-school-grads-face-uncertain-job-market

Vandy Law Grads Waiting Tables:  Check out this story, from Jennifer Brooks, which appeared in the February 16, 2010 edition of The Tennessean.  It was entitled “Young law school grads face uncertain job market.”  Read the excerpt below:

"After graduation, I think as many as 20 to 25 percent of my (classmates) were laid off. Either they had (job) offers taken back, or they worked a few months and then were laid off," said Sarah Laird, who graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2008, just as the economy was beginning to tank and her classmates were beginning to notice that lucrative job offers from big corporate law firms weren't rolling in as expected.

Laird landed a clerkship with the state court of criminal appeals. Some of her classmates weren't so fortunate.

"I know a couple that waited tables. I've even done that, when I needed some extra money," she said." [Emphasis mine]

Yes, what great outcomes for graduates of the co-15th greatest law school in the country, right?!?!

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/SSRN-id1497044.pdf

Vanderbilt Law Faculty Member Warns Students About Law School: Back on October 29, 2009, Herwig Schlunk published a draft law and economics paper entitled “Mamas Don’t Let You Babies Grow Up To Be…Lawyers.”  In that document, Schlunk concluded that law school is a poor investment for MOST students.  I remember citing to this paper during the early days of the scamblog movement.  Now, look how far the message has spread since that time.

Conclusion: Vanderbilt University Law Sewer is ridiculously overpriced.  REMEMBER, THE VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL PIGS CHARGE MORE IN TUITION THAN THE MEDICAL SCHOOL!!  You will essentially be required to take on an additional $135K-$170K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - for a chance to enter the legal “profession.”  Also,  it is significant that the two founders of Law School Transparency were former students at Vanderbilt Law.  Plus, don’t forget the importance of VULS “professor” Herwig Schlunk’s law and economics paper.  In sum, avoid this commode unless you come from a wealthy family and you don’t really need a career.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Drop a First Tier Deuce: Duke University School of Law


http://law.duke.edu/admis/tuition/

Tuition: Full-time law students at Duke Univer$ity will be charged the insane amount of $52,620 in tuition – for the 2013-2014 school year. To put this into perspective, this is higher than the current $52,400 tuition rate at Yale Law School. Isn’t it great to see that the students’ interests are placed first?!?!

Total Cost of Attendance: This same document includes a budget for the 2013-2014 academic year. With fees and living expenses added in, the high priced toilet lists a total, estimated COA of $75,103. Keep in mind that the pigs only consider nine month living costs, when calculating these figures. Surely, they don’t do this in order to deceive lemmings, and make the overall figure lower, right?!?! It MUST be a mere oversight that every single ABA-accredited diploma mill has failed to correct.

Seeing that actual law students will require living expenses over twelve months, I have pro-rated the following four items: rent &; utilities; food; personal; and local transportation. Doing so, we reach a more accurate total COA of $80,797 – for 2013-2014. That is one hell of a bargain, huh?!?!

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

Ranking: According to US “News” & World Report, Duke Univer$ity $chool of Law is the 11th best law school in the country. Who wouldn’t want to incur a king’s ransom in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for such a fancy law degree?!

https://law.duke.edu/career/employmentdata-detail/

Employment Placement Statistics: Based on this chart, there were 225 members of the Duke JD Class of 2012. Of this figure, 217 found some form of employment. Only one grad did not supply his status to the school. As such, the school reported that 96.9% of this class was employed within nine months of graduation, i.e. 217/224.

Scroll down to Employment Type, for a moment. You will notice that 126 graduates of this particular cohort ended up working in private law firms. Three of these positions were full-time, long-term and two of them were listed as part-time, short-term. To be fair to the greedy, gluttonous pigs, 21 JDs were employed by firms of 251-500 lawyers, and another 91 were hired by firm with more than 500 attorneys. 

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/06/the-secret-to-100-employed-at-graduation-dukes-bridge-to-practice/

Duke Law’s Bridge to Practice Program: On June 10, 2010, Kashmir Hill posted an ATL entry labeled “The Secret to ‘100% Employed at Graduation’: Duke’s Bridge to Practice.” Look at the excerpt below:

“As Duke Law News reported, Duke worked hard to ensure its graduates had jobs. While it didn’t go the SMU route of paying employers to “test drive” its graduates, it does now provide stipends to some of its unemployed graduates to allow them to work for a couple months at no cost to employers. Using SMU’s car metaphor, the law school pays for the gas while Dukies and prospective employers take a little spin. Duke calls it “The Bridge to Practice” program. 

It started in 2008 — employing the nine graduates who would have otherwise ruined that nice round 100%. The numbers of participants have increased since then, as the economy has worsened.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, a perennial top 12 law school had to resort to this gimmick - in order to bolster its employment placement rate. In fact, this project is still in operation at Duke Law. It is now referred to as a fellowship program.

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 Duke Law Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $131,092. Hell, 88 percent of this school’s 2012 class took on such foul debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2012/560/532/2012-560532129-097adbbf-9.pdf

Outrageous University Salaries: Surprisingly, no member of the law school faculty or administration made the list of highest paid employees. Scroll down to page 90 of this ridiculously lengthy Form 990. You will notice that the head basketball coach, Michael Kryzewski, made $9,682,032 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for the tax year ending June 30, 2012.

In case you were wondering, the rat’s salary far exceeds that of any NBA head coach - as of August 12, 2013. The highest listed salary is $7 million, even though the season is much longer, the stress is constant and the stakes are significantly higher. Who says that “higher education” doesn’t pay off handsomely?!?! 

Conclusion: Duke University School of Law is a place for rich kids. If you don’t belong to “the club,” then you will be out of place at this school. Connections, wealth and having the right family name trump “hard work” – when it comes to securing the best jobs. After all, YOU will be expected to take on an additional $145K-$185K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a chance to enter the door. Plus, Biglaw positions are not exactly secure. If you don’t bring in a ton of business or are not on a path to becoming a partner within 3-5 years, you can look forward to being unceremoniously tossed out on your ass.

Friday, November 1, 2013

LLM Mania: More ABA-Accredited Toilets Offering Advanced Degrees in Legal Excrement


Proliferation of Idiotic LLM Programs:

On October 25, 2013, Jack CriTTenden’s rag, NaTTTional Juri$TTT, posted a story, under the headline “LL.M. degrees explode as law gets more specialized.”  Read this opening:



“The job market is tight and law firms are looking for graduates with specialized training. Enter the LL.M., a graduate degree that was once exclusive to tax lawyers and a few select others. The degree, however, has grown in popularity in recent years, and law schools are responding with more specialized offerings.

“We’re probably seeing an increase in LL.M. programs to what’s going on in the marketplace due to the job market,” said Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, dean and professor of law at Stetson University School of Law.

There are currently more than 265 LL.M. programs in 42 practice areas for U.S. students. In addition, foreign students can earn an LL.M. in U.S. Studies, and a handful of law schools open those programs to U.S. students as well.

The total number of programs has grown rapidly during the past 10 years — there were only 110 programs in 28 practice areas in 2000.” [Emphasis mine]

The LLM degree did not “grow in popularity” due to its inherent quality or worth, which isn’t much.  The fact remains that DESPERATE law grads are having a hell of a time finding any type of legal positions.  Each year, many foolishly decide to throw good money after bad, in an attempt to get an advanced Humanities degree from a better, name-brand school.

As this anonymous commenter – over at OTLSS – noted on October 29, 2013, at 8:20 am:


“What I am seeing in all this is a reaction to the scamblog movement. As applications decline more and more toilets are resorting to gimmicks that they hope will draw the snowflakes and lemmings to them for a supposed leg up." Sure, Loyola is ranked higher than Kent but if you come to Kent you will graduate "practice ready" and will have multiple offers from big law because they won't have to train you!" [Emphasis mine]

Another Space Law Program Has Liftoff!:

On August 19, 2013, the NaTTTional Juri$TTT published a piece entitled “Space Law: Mississippi launches LL.M.; Nebraska adds J.S.D.”  Check out the following hilarious portion:


“The University of Mississippi, which bills itself as a world leader in air and space law education, research, and public service, will offer the only LL.M. program in the U.S. that covers both air and space law. The University of Nebraska program focuses on Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law.

Like its Nebraska counterpart, the University of Mississippi program will be offered online as well as on campus. It is designed for both U.S. and foreign-trained law school graduates and is available on a part-time and full-time basis. Mississippi has been home to the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law since 1999 and the Journal of Space Law since 2003.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, NASA is dying to hire people with LLMs from “powerhouses” such as 102nd ranked UniversiTTTy of Mississippi Sewer of Law - or the 61st greatest, most fantasticand amazing law school in the land, i.e. University of Nebraska Commode of Law.  In reality, there is a MUCH higher likelihood that Salma Hayek is moaning my name right row – while scratching her name into my back.

More Garbage Offerings by Desperate Law School Diploma Mills:

Also on August 19, 2013, the same TTT publication featured an article labeled “Miami, Florida International and West Virginia to each launch new LL.M. in 2014.”  Take a look at the excerpt below:


“West Virginia University is the eighth U.S. law school to offer an LL.M. in energy law. It’s Energy Law & Sustainable Development degree will kick off in August 2014.


“West Virginia is at the center of energy production for the country,” the school’s website states. “There is no better place to learn about the intersecting laws and policies governing all of the country’s energy resources than at WVU Law.” [Emphasis mine]

Oil companies can simply rely on experienced attorneys who deal in utilities.  None of those economic heavyweights is waiting to hire some ass-hat who is earning a useless LL.M. in “Energy Law & Sustainable Development” – from West Virginia University Commode of Law, the supposed 91st“best” law school in the country.  Then again, the toilet is sure to have the highest-rated LLM in this specific academic area. 

Conclusion: Since the number of applications has been shrinking for the last three years, there are fewer people enrolled in law school today.  The pigs are getting desperate for asses in seats. Let me ask each of you readers: Wouldn't YOU be personally embarrassed to offer such a garbage product at a ridiculous price?!?!  The question obviously does not apply to "law professors" or administrators - since they are sociopaths and have no shame or integrity.


 
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