Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Fourth Tier Thomas M. Cooley Law School Will Undergo Massive Cuts to Faculty, Even After a Name Change
Five years ago today, I posted my first blog entry regarding the law school scam. Now, after 406 posts and over 3 million page views, I am proud to see that this site has helped cause a large decrease in U.S. law school enrollment. It has been great to be part of such a just cause and noble movement. After seeing the following development – featuring the laughingstock of American “legal education” – I am leaning towards winding this blog down in the next few months.
In the last year, my physical health had declined, and I have worked extremely hard to get back on track. I also recently received good news, regarding a biopsy. However, maintaining this site has become a chore. I realize that I need to focus more on things that are truly important. If I decide to stop blogging on this topic, then I need you guys to continue the fight. Get off your asses and expose this filthy, vile industry and the swine involved – since they have collectively and willingly destroyed so many lives, for their own personal gain. Thank you for your support, and for informing others about this scam.
Excellent News: The Lansing City Pulse published a Belinda Thurston piece entitled “Cooley right-sizing” – on August 15, 2014. Take a look at this opening:
“Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is delivering pink slips to faculty and staff in all of its Michigan campuses.
Sources in Lansing who are being laid off say the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent, according to one. Another said the impact could be as high as 70 percent. A Cooley spokesman disputed the amount, but said he did not have numbers.” [Emphasis mine]
When you shed light on a nest of cockroaches, the bastards scatter to dark corners. These parasites simply cannot handle the truth – as their entire “business model” relies on lying to potential applicants, publishing misleading employment figures, and making baseless claims as to the future of the U.S. lawyer job market.
Other Coverage: On August 15, 2014, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL piece labeled “Large-Scale Layoffs Come to Cooley.” Check out the following portion:
“Since last week, we’ve received various tips from readers concerning faculty and staff layoffs at Cooley Law. On August 8, a tipster told us that the Lansing campus suffered a major blow. On August 11, another tipster informed us that Cooley was “laying off tons of professors and staff from its main campus.”
Now, the story has made the local news, with sources saying “the cuts are deep, upwards of 50 percent” of Cooley’s faculty of 271 law professors. One angry professor had this to say to the Lansing City Pulse:
“We have non-disparagement and confidentiality clauses upon which our severance packages hinge so I cannot say anything on the record and very little off the record other than to confirm that the cuts to faculty and staff are significant and I am among those in that category,” shared one faculty member, who spoke under condition of anonymity. “Plus I am really, really pissed.”
The source continued: “I was notified last week. My last day is August 31 … I honestly don’t know if they are done. If enrollment continues to decline then maybe not.” [Emphasis mine]
You’re welcome, Bitch! Of course, you as an academic leech feel entitled to FINANCIALLY RUINING people for life – and getting fat off of the federally-backed student loan system. Seeing that you “sacrificed” to teach, you should have no trouble landing a job as a Biglaw hiring partner.
Now, scroll down to the author’s conclusion:
" [Senior counsel to the toilet, James] Robb says that the school regrets having to go through this “painful but necessary” process, but all Cooley is trying to do is put itself in a better position to teach the would-be lawyers of America. We suppose that the key word there is “would-be,” as only 26.9 percent of last year’s class found full-time jobs as lawyers nine months after graduation. At least they got an “outstanding education” as a consolation prize.
As for the many, many law professors who are losing their jobs thanks to Cooley Law’s financial predicament, we’re sure they’ll be pleased to know that the Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts, will not be impacted. After all, we hear concessions sales is a “J.D. Advantage” job." [Emphasis mine]
Perhaps, these academic thieves can work the concessions stands and charge $25 for one beer and $12 for a stale hot dog. Then again, the fans in the stands would likely string them up by their hooves and beat them senseless.
What a Difference a Year Makes: Hell, on August 18, 2013, Don LeDuc – dean and “president” of this FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT – claimed that Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer was in great financial shape. That was a mere one year and two days ago!
Conclusion: We have played a central role in the decline in overall law school enrollment. This is quite an achievement. Think about that for a moment: a few dozen, highly-committed individuals beat down a billion-dollar indu$try. We did so, armed with nothing more than the facts, truth, charts, graphs, industry statements, BLS data, and great writing and imagery. As a result of our collective work, MANY ABA-accredited schools are now laying off faculty members and staff. Others have had their bond ratings downgraded.
In the final analysis, these selfish “professors” and administrators behaved as though the numbers of students would never decrease. Dozens of law schools/diploma mills engaged in huge spending sprees – in order to construct “state of the art” law libraries and buildings. As such, many ABA schools are weighed down with the cost of these capital projects. Apparently, the law school pigs failed to recognize that the “higher education arms race” is futile. After all, when lower-ranked commodes increase their expenditures – for the purpose of increasing their ranking - the decent schools and the elite in$titution$ do the same damn thing.
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