Sunday, September 28, 2014
Great News: Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College Closes Legal Clinic Due to Low Enrollment
The Pigs Cite to Smaller Revenues: On September 18, 2014, the Oregonian published a Jeff Manning article entitled “Lewis & Clark Law School closes downtown legal clinic, cites enrollment, revenue decline.” Check out this opening:
“Lewis & Clark Law School is closing its namesake legal clinic in downtown Portland that provides services to the poor, a high-profile victim of the school's budget constraints.
As Lewis & Clark and the state's two other law schools get their new years underway this month, they are dealing with 13 to 30 percent enrollment declines from the peak two to four years ago. Corresponding declines in revenue have forced the schools to cut costs, downsize staff and make other efficiency moves.
"What we have to do, like everybody else, is face budget realities," said Jennifer Johnson, the new dean at Lewis & Clark. The clinic "has largely been a tuition-driven enterprise that we can't afford. It's purely financial."
The clinic's pending closure -- the doors will close Dec. 31 -- has disturbed other public-interest lawyers in town who say the move will worsen an already significant shortage of legal services for the low-income.” [Emphasis mine]
It is ALL about the money, people! You heard if from the dean's excrement-encrusted lips. Apparently, the “professors” and administrators at this dung heap were unwilling or unable to donate their “services” – in order to keep this clinic in operation. Perhaps, the cockroaches feel that they are of best use to “the needy” and “under-represented segments of society” – by sitting in their offices, drafting law review articles and reading the Wall Street Journal.
Towards the bottom of the story, Manning reported the following:
"I don't think anybody thinks, we certainly don't, that we will go back to those big classes," Johnson said.
Meanwhile, some painful decisions have to be made, Johnson said, including closure of the legal clinic.
"Everybody is shocked by it," said Shelly Matthys, executive director of the St. Andrews Legal Clinic. "We're losing some really important, valuable representation. I know they will be sorely missed by the courthouse staff downtown."
The clinic provided debtor-creditor, landlord-tenant and family law services for low- or no cost. It offered to help people representing themselves to produce legal filings acceptable to court staff. And it offered law students, some of them from privileged backgrounds, hands-on experience in dealing with the plight of the poor.” [Emphasis mine]
It’s nice how the paper refers to some of the students as coming from privileged backgrounds. For $ome rea$on, it did not mention that the academic pinheads could use some hands-on experience in working with poor people. Then again, the swine would likely try to exploit them further.
Other Coverage: On September 2, 2014, Elie Mystal posted an ATL entry labeled “This Week In Law Schools In Trouble.” He discusses the problems at unaccredited Concordia Law Sewer, before bitch-slapping Lewi$ & Clark. Read this excerpt:
“Another tipster had this reaction:
Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR is quickly becoming a bare bones operation!
They just announced a complete close down of the law schools main legal clinic! Major cuts to the law library have already been executed over this last summer.
Looks like a whole lot of students are in for an unexpected surprise on their 1st day of class Tuesday morning!” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, these are signs of financial health, correct?!?! Who wouldn’t want to enroll in this sinking turd?!
Ranking: According to the defunct magazine known as US “News” & World Report, the NorTThwe$TTern Sewer of Law at Lewi$ and Clark College is rated as the 72nd greatest, most phenomenal and amazing law school in the entire country. Hell, it “only” shares this distinct honor with the following SIX commodes: American Univer$iTTy, Chicago-Kent, LSU, New Mexico, Tennessee-Knoxville, and the University of Tulsa. What a tremendous accomplishment, huh?!?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Lewi$ & Clark JD Class of 2013 who incurred debt for law school - as $119,048. In fact, 89 percent of this vile trash pit’s 2013 cohort took on such foul debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled. Evidently, the Oregonian feels that many of the privileged few at this toilet landed slots in the affected TTT clinic. What in-depth reporting, right?!?!
Conclusion: The Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, i.e. Lewis & Clark Law Sewer, is a pathetic sewage pit. The law school pigs DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about their students. Why the hell would they care about broke-ass people seeking legal assistance?!?! In the final analysis, the rodents at ABA-accredited diploma mills realize that they are circling the drain. They can continue to drop admi$$ion$ “standards” further – but this will lead to lower bar passage results. Will they then pay students - in cash - not to take the exam? Something has to give, people. State bar associations, clients and the general public – including social commentators – will start to catch onto the scam. Do you think those groups will keep their mouths shut?!
Posted by Nando at 5:50 AM