Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Four Alarm Bowel Movement: Thomas M. Cooley Law School May Close Down One Campus by End of Year
Fantastic News!: On July 29, 2014, Michigan Live published Brian Smith’s piece, “Cooley Law School may close Ann Arbor class in December.” Look at his killer opening:
“The upcoming semester at Thomas M. Cooley Law School's campus in Ann Arbor could be the school's last, but plans are not set in stone, school officials said Monday.
Cooley's president, Don LeDuc, and the dean of the Ann Arbor campus, Joan Vestrand, met with students at the school last week to outline possible transition plans for current students, Cooley spokesman Jim Robb said Monday.
An email to students obtained by legal blog Above the Law described the potential assistance the school would make available to students if the campus is closed at the end of the fall term, which begins in September.
Robb confirmed the email's authenticity, but cautioned that no decision had been made on whether or not the campus would close.
"We're developing a plan in the event that it should happen," Robb said. "No decision to close the campus has been made yet." [Emphasis mine]
Don’t you love how these schools constantly engage in doublespeak?! In the end, ABA-accredited toilets are simply doing what they can – in order to entice lemmings to take the plunge.
The article then continues:
“The plan will include early registration for affected students, cash payments to offset increased costs for travel and other expenses while completing a degree, a stipend for graduating students to defray costs for bar review and additional advising help, Robb confirmed.
The school announced last month that it would not enroll incoming students at the Ann Arbor campus as part of an overall cost-cutting move.
Robb said that plans are not being made for closures at the school's other satellite campuses in Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Tampa, Fla., or at the school's main campus in Lansing.” [Emphasis mine]
TTTThomas M. Cooley Law Sewer is merely one player in this game. However, this school is notorious due to its gigantic enrollment, five campuses, and the fact that it is rated as a fourth tier trash can. What a “prestigious” in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion, huh?!?!
The Email in Question: Staci Zaretsky’s entry, “Cooley Law May Be Forced To Close One Of Its Campuses,” appeared in the July 28, 2014 edition of ATL. Check out the following excerpt:
“COOLEY LAW SCHOOL — EMAIL TO ANN ARBOR CAMPUS STUDENTS
To Ann Arbor JD Students:
This past Thursday, President LeDuc and Dean Vestrand outlined at student meetings in Ann Arbor the assistance Cooley intends to provide to JD Ann Arbor campus students who will be affected should the Ann Arbor campus be consolidated with other Cooley campuses at the end of the Michaelmas 2014 term. For your convenience, a recap of that assistance (available to JD students graduating May 2015 or beyond) appears below. Affected Ann Arbor LL.M. students will be addressed on a individual basis.” [Emphasis mine]
This is excellent news, for those who are concerned about students. The swine will not be thrilled, but they have fed on too many victims anyway.
The Situation from Less Than One Year Ago: Thankfully, Grand Rapids CBS affiliate WZZM archived an epic Lansing State Journal article entitled “Cooley Law School weathering decline in enrollment.” Enjoy this portion below, especially when juxtaposed with the recent news:
“From the outside, what was happening at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in the fall of 2010 looked like another chapter in the school’s explosive growth.
Enrollment topped 4,000 students, spread across four campuses in Michigan. The newest, in Ann Arbor, had opened the year before. And, though it’s a nonprofit, Cooley was pulling in money. It began that fiscal year with $90 million in net assets and closed it with $111 million.
In retrospect, it was a high-water mark. Students had flocked to law schools after the economic meltdown of 2008. Cooley’s leaders didn’t pass on the opportunity.
Enrollment has fallen sharply since. Cooley had 3,219 students last fall, even after the opening of a fifth campus near Tampa, Fla. Don LeDuc, Cooley’s president and dean, said the entering class this fall will be “significantly smaller” than the previous year. As for the money, he calls it a nest egg.
“Our model has basically been the grasshopper and the ants from your fables,” LeDuc said. “We set aside a fair amount of money to weather what we thought the storm would be. Our only concern is how long this lasts.” [Emphasis mine]
Apparently, this frugality was not enough to prevent a possible campus closure. Then again, when enrollment drops and “professors” insist on being grossly overpaid, this is the likely result. Perhaps, these “educators” should take a basic economics class.
Conclusion: TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law Sewer is typically considered a laughingstock, among accredited law schools. The name on the diploma elicits chuckles from HR departments and hiring managers. The school is a true diploma mill, as the pigs wantonly pump out FAR TOO MANY graduates, each year, for the available number of openings in Michigan and Florida. This is a great development. Hell, if this campus closes as expected and announced, then this will be a watershed movement in “higher education.”
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