Tuesday, September 16, 2014
First Tier Corn-Filled Excrement: Cornell University Law School
Tuition: If you are eating breakfast right now, make sure to turn away before reading the following figure. Full-time law students at Cornell will be charged $59,360 in tuition, for the 2014-2015 school year! That is a ridiculous sum. This does not count fees. Keep in mind that this is the third best law school in New York.
Estimated Cost of Attendance: On this same page, the pigs list additional expenses at $20,069 – including student fees. This brings the published COA to $79,429. What a bargain, huh?!?! Does this come with weekly massages, the NFL Sunday Ticket, and free season admission to Yankee Stadium?
Don’t forget that ABA-accredited diploma mills base living costs on the academic calendar. Seeing that actual law students will require expenses over the full year – and not nine months – we will prorate the following items: room and board; and personal/travel. For the purpose of this calculation, health insurance will remain unaffected. Although, students who use this will likely incur co-pays and out of pocket costs. Hopefully, the coverage lasts for the full 12 months.
After making the adjustments noted above, the more accurate, estimated COA – for one damn year of law school at Cornell Univer$ity – is $84,846! Who doesn’t have that money in their couch cushions?!?! If this sickening amount doesn’t strike you as outrageous, then you wouldn’t get upset if a stranger walked up to you – and kicked you square in the nuts.
Ranking: According to US “News” & World Report, Cornell Univer$ity Law $chool is rated as the 13th best law school in the country. It shares this distinction with Georgetown University Law Cesspool. At these prices, this is still a ripoff – for the student. The “professors” and administrators likely feel that this cost is a great deal for pupils.
Employment Placement Statistics: On the right hand side of this page, you will see a chart for the Class of 2013. Based on this info, there were 193 members of this cohort. Of this total, 178 found jobs within nine months of graduation. Four JDs were enrolled in another advanced degree program, while eight others were unemployed – and three did not provide their status to the school. This leads to a published placement rate of 93.7 percent, i.e. 178/190.
You might see this as a great outlook, even for the 13th “greatest” diploma mill in the U.S. However, scroll down to the next section. You will note that 16 members of this class were in law school or university funded positions. If you were to remove these posts, then the placement rate would be a mere 85.3%, i.e. 162/190. Let that sink in, for a moment. Why in the hell would you enroll in this supposedly “elite” law school, for such pedestrian job prospects?!?!
Under Employment Type, the school claims that 22 men and women landed federal court clerkships. A total of 95 grads ended up in law firms of more than 500 attorneys. Roughly half of the students in this group found the type of work that they likely sought when they enrolled in this school.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: On March 11, 2014, Matt Leichter published an entry labeled “Record 14 Law Schools Didn’t Report 2013 Graduate Debt to U.S. News.” Cornell is the only Ivy League school that did not provide this number to USN&WR. It joins garbage in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion$ such as Cooley, Arizona Summit, Touro, Appalachian and La Verne, on this ignonimous list.
Leichter furnished the last reported average JD debt levels for these 14 toilets. The amount for Cornell University is listed as $140,000. Again, this is not the most recent cohort. Plus, the amount does not include debt from undergrad – and it does calculate interest while the student is enrolled.
Conclusion: This law school does not have enough integrity to list average law student indebtedness to a defunct magazine that ranks it in the top 14 institutions, every single year! Apparently, they don’t want prospective students to focus on debt figures. In sum, if you attend this school, then you NEED to land an article III clerkship and Biglaw – in order to have a shot at making this bet pay off for you.
Lastly, Biglaw positions tend to be fleeting. If you do not produce a big-ass book of business quickly, then you will be shown the door within a few years. Do you suppose that you will then be in high demand by other firms or government agencies?!?! Those employers will assume that you are a loser. As David Segal noted in his epic New York Times piece, “Is Law School a Losing Game?” - from January 8, 2011 - “law school is a pie-eating contest where first prize is more pie.”
By the way, you can watch a faculty pie-eating contest by the Cornell University Law School swine, via this hyperlink. As you can see, these pigs have no shame. They get paid up front, in full – while the students are left holding the gigantic bag of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. Too bad someone didn’t stick an apple in their snouts – and shove a wooden stake up their portly asses.
Posted by Nando at 3:29 AM