Sunday, November 16, 2014
Profiles in Academic Explosive Verbal Diarrhea: Nicholas Allard, Dean at Crooklyn Law School
Cockroach Strut: On November 10, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured a Jacob Gershman piece entitled “Decline in Bar Exam Scores Sparks War of Words.” From the opening:
“A steep decline in bar exam scores on the most recent test has led to an outbreak of finger-pointing over who’s to blame for the downward swing.
In a sharply worded letter, the dean of Brooklyn Law School on Monday reproached the head of a national bar exam group for suggesting to law school leaders that their graduates who took the July exam were less prepared than students who sat for the test in previous years.
The dean’s letter came in response to an October memo by Erica Moeser, the president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, addressed to law school deans across the country in which she defended the integrity of the group’s exam and raised concerns about the ability of the would-be lawyers who took it.”
For $ome rea$on, this beady-eyed, snake bastard does not reproach himself and other law school deans, for consigning LEGIONS of students – each year – to dismal job prospects and soul-crushing levels of debt. But he’s looking out for students, right?!?! The article concludes:
“Brooklyn Law School Dean Nicholas W. Allard fired back on Monday with a letter to Ms. Moeser. He said he found her assertions unconvincing and demanded a “thorough investigation of the administration and scoring” of the July 2014 exam.
“We don’t know what evidence you have to support this surprising (and surprisingly disparaging) claim, but we do have evidence about our own 2014 graduates, and it tells us precisely the opposite: their credentials were every bit as good as our 2013 graduates, if not even better,” he wrote.
Ms. Moeser couldn’t be reached for comment on Monday.
Ms. Moeser’s letter didn’t cite specific scoring data for the exam given in July. But it gels with figures released by states showing significant declines in the passage rates for many of them. The overall passage rate for the Texas exam given in July, for example, was 11 percentage points lower than last year’s results. Idaho, Iowa, Oregon and Washington were among other states reporting sharp drops.
The passage rate for Brooklyn Law School graduates who took the bar for the first time in July was nearly 10 percentage points lower than last year’s rate, Mr. Allard told Law Blog. He said the median LSAT score for the 2013 and 2014 cohorts was 163 in both cases. A private institution in downtown Brooklyn, Mr. Allard’s law school enrolls about 1,000 full-time students.
“What is her basis for saying the students are less able? I think that’s offensive. I don’t believe it,” Mr. Allard, who is also a senior partner at Squire Patton Boggs, told Law Blog on Monday.” [Emphasis mine]
$omehow, Cockroach Nicholas Allard does not demand a “thorough investigation” of ABA-accredited diploma mills’ admi$$ion$ “standards” or employment “placement” figures. What a beacon of integrity and ethics, huh?!?! By the way, how many Crooklyn Class of 2014 grads did Squire Patton hire?
Compare the Memos in Question: On October 23, 2014, Erica Moeser wrote the following, in her letter to all pond scum deans:
“In the wake of the release of the MBE scores from the July 2014 test administration, I also want to take this opportunity to let you know that the drop in scores that we saw this past July has been a matter of concern to us, as no doubt it has been to many of you. While we always take quality control of MBE scoring very seriously, we redoubled our efforts to satisfy ourselves that no error occurred in scoring the examinations or in equating the test with its predecessors. The results are correct.
Beyond checking and rechecking our equating, we have looked at indicators to challenge the results. All point to the fact that the group that sat in July 2014 was less able than the group that sat in July 2013.” [Emphasis mine]
It seems that the NCBE performed its due diligence. They did so, in order to quell the bitching and crying among law school parasite deans and upset recent grads. Now take a look at Pig Allard’s November 10, 2014 response:
“There is no explanation how you reached your conclusion, nor transparency to your process, so how can we have confidence in this self-serving unaudited assertion? Frankly, your statement rings hollow. Given how this exam affects the lives and careers of tens of thousands of graduates, you can do better and provide both the deans and graduates a more thorough review.” [Emphasis mine]
Yet, the dung beetle is perfectly fine with allowing law schools to make baseless assertions about job prospects and manipulate other data. On page two, the piece of trash wrote:
“In plain language, I disagree with you: It’s not the students, it’s the test.”
This is a kindergarten response from a fully grown "man" who runs an in$TTiTTuTTion of "higher education." His mother must be very proud. By the way, this is the best reply that this pig-faced buffoon could come up with - in the span of 18 days. That speaks volumes.
Conclusion: Nicholas Allard does not give one goddamn about his students, the overall JD Class of 2014, their employment outcomes, their futures, or their livelihoods. He simply doesn’t give a damn about them. His bloated, unjustified income is not tied to his customers’ fate. The leech only cares about one thing: getting more asses in seats, so that he can continue to nice, fat paycheck – via the federal taxpayer – for minimal “work.” As you can clearly see from his photo, this jackal hasn't missed many meals - or midnight snacks, for that matter. The rodent is acting out of self-preservation, because he knows that even fewer people will apply to law school – if the cost continues to climb, job prospects remain weak, AND bar passage rates decline. In the event that three things persist, only waterheads will seriously consider this as a career option.
Posted by Nando at 9:15 AM