Saturday, July 5, 2014
Crumbling Fecal Pile: Thomas M. Cooley Law School Cuts Entire First Year Class at Its Ann Arbor Campus and Will Reduce Faculty
The Toilet’s Announcement: Check out the entire text of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Statement, released on July 1, 2014:
“As with most law schools across the country, Cooley Law School’s enrollment and revenue have continued to decline while health care and legacy costs continue to rise. Despite ongoing cost control efforts, the school can no longer avoid the financial imbalance between the revenue and expenses it faces. As a result, the Cooley board of directors and administration are instituting a financial management plan to reduce expenses significantly and right size the organization.
The plan will help the school remain at the forefront of innovative approaches to legal education and continue to deliver the broad, high-quality access to legal instruction students have come to expect from Cooley. It demonstrates the school’s commitment to maintaining its high level of academic excellence and support for current and future students.
The plan includes:
• Faculty and staff reductions
• A system wide review of each program for capacity and quality
• A review of all campuses and facilities to reduce and rebalance costs
• A review of all purchases, travel and other expenses
The Thomas M. Cooley Law School has a history of making transformative decisions in response to its students’ needs, while remaining financially strong. This aggressive financial management plan is designed to ensure that Cooley can continue its outstanding academic program while preparing for its next steps in the 21st century.” [Emphasis mine]
I am glad to see this development. This is a watershed moment in the law school scam. After highlighting this filthy, vile indu$try for nearly five years, it feels great to see that others are avoiding financial ruin at the hands of the law school pigs.
Other Coverage: On July 2, 2014, OTLSS contributor “antiro” published an entry labeled “Cooley Law School Instituting a "Financial Management Plan." Enjoy the following excerpt:
“Quick summary: the law school is suffering financially and enrollment is continuing to decline, so the law school will be "reinventing" itself by firing faculty and staff, and review all programs, campuses, and expenses.
The date of the posting is yesterday: July 1.
It appears that something more might be going around behind the scenes, however. Above the Law is reporting that what was originally posting had this (and at the time of me posting this I do not believe that ATL has updated that Cooley has edited their original announcement):
As part of the plan, Cooley will also hold off enrolling incoming first-term students at the Ann Arbor campus for fall 2014, though all currently enrolled Ann Arbor students will continue to be able to pursue the school’s full curriculum.” [Emphasis in original]
According to this source, these “educators” chose to edit their statement above. I’m sure they had several good rea$on$ for doing so.
Staci Zaretsky posted a sweet-ass, July 2, 2014 article entitled “Much Maligned Law School Cuts First-Year Class, Announces Layoffs.” Feel free to celebrate this exhilarating news:
“The legal academy has been waiting with bated breath for something like this to happen, and now it finally has. A law school is cutting an entire class year from its enrollment logs at one campus and laying off faculty and staff — all at the same time.
Which law school seems to be in full on disaster mode right now?
If you guessed the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, then you were correct. Elie Mystal’s years of coverage about this law school have served a purpose after all. If you took heed of his warnings, then we must congratulate you, because it looks like he helped you to avoid a complete catastrophe.
That’s right, Cooley Law — a school with a total of five campuses across Michigan and Florida, whose enrollment dropped by 40.6 percent over the past few years — is finally raising its hands in defeat. After years of statements from Dean Don LeDuc that the school was doing just fine, and despite the fact that the S&P gave it a negative rating, and despite the fact that it recently raised tuition by 9 percent to presumably cover its operational costs, the school seems to be throwing in the towel. Not even affiliating the law school with a public university could save the program from itself. Sure, Cooley Law has weathered class-action lawsuits about its quality, but it could no longer stand up against the staggering decline of legal market.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: Thank all of you who have helped spread the message about the law school scam, especially those who preceded the movement. Loyola 2L, “State of Beasley,” L4L/Skadden Farts and “the Calico Cat” deserve major credit. Unperson, Jobless JD, Esq. Never, JD Underdog, BIDER and the other scambloggers kept publishing the facts and we did not let up on the bastards. David Segal at the New York Times and Amir Efrati at the Wall Street Journal brought mainsteam attention to this situation. And, of course, Brian Tamanaha and Paul Campos greatly aided this cause with their voices. Once these tenured professors jumped on board, the law school swine were on the ropes.
This is merely another step in the right direction. We must continue to be vigilant in covering the scam. While TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law Sewer is the largest trash pit of the 200+ ABA-accredited diploma mills, it is only one school. Plus, the rodents still have five campuses. Go ahead and enjoy this glorious development. Hold your heads up high, knowing that you have helped save others from financial hell. In fact, you did so by donating your time and energy to this just cause - without expecting a dime in return. Now, let’s continue the work of informing consumers about the perils of “legal education.”
Posted by Nando at 1:29 AM