Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Third Tier Buffalo Waste: University of Montana School of Law
Tuition: Montana residents attending this dung heap on a full-time basis will be charged $11,334.76 in tuition and fees – for the 2014-2015 school year. Out-of-state, full-time law students will be bent over a coffee table – to the tune of $29,327.56 for 2014-2015. What a great deal, huh?!?!
Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same page, living expenses will add another $12,131 to the tab. Transportation will amount to another $1,400 and books will cost $1,200. Parking is $185 per year also. Apparently, real estate in Missoula is at a premium. The total, estimated COA for in-state students are listed as $26,056.76 – whereas nonresident students will be slapped with a budget of $44,758.56.
Keep in mind that ABA-accredited cesspools only consider living expenses on a nine month academic calendar. Seeing that actual law students will require costs over the full 12 months, we will prorate living expenses. After making this adjustment, we reach the following, more accurate COA figures: $30,294.76 for Montana residents and $48,987.56 for out-of-state fools. I included the parking pass in this assessment. Unless, of course, you prefer to ride your bike through freezing-ass weather, chump.
Ranking: At these prices, one would expect this school to have a solid reputation among lawyers and academic swine. However, US “News” & World Report rates the Univer$iTTTy of MonTTTana Sewer of Law as the 121st greatest, most remarkable and magnificent law school in the entire damn country. In fact, it shares this distinct honor with the following SEVEN toilets: Campbell “University”; DePaul; Duquesne; Hamline UniversiTTTy; the University of Akron; Arkansas-Little Rock; and Willamette. What an incredible feat!
Employment “Placement” Statistics: Let’s take a peek at the commode’s ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates. As you can see, there were 81 members of this class. Of that amount, a total of 56 men and women were able to secure full-time, long-term jobs “requiring bar passage.” Overall, 67 JDs reported that they were employed within nine months of graduation. This leads to a placement rate of 82.7 percent, i.e. 67/81.
Under Employment Type, you will notice that only 29 of these graduates were hired by private legal offices. This includes one desperate-ass sole practitioner, 18 people working in firms of 2-10 lawyers, and four grads employed by an office with 11-25 attorneys. One damn person - out of the 81 – landed a position with a law firm that has 251-500 lawyers. Do you still like your odds, Lemming?!?!
Who cares about such outcomes, right?!?! After all, the bitches and hags at Career Services will allegedly “assist you with the development of your resume and cover letters.” They will also notify of positions within the law school. Lastly, the thieves will “present career workshops throughout the academic year, helping you to develop job search skills and to become acquainted with the myriad of employment opportunities open to a J.D.” Can you believe that applicants or students buy into this nonsense?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the UniversiTTTy of MonTTTana JD Class of 2013 who incurred debt for law school - as $74,614. Hell, 91% of this garbage pit’s 2013 cohort took on such toxic debt. While this may not strike you as a monstrous figure, it is significant. Don’t forget that this amount does not include undergraduate debt – and also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled. Plus, salaries tend to be lower in this state.
Garbage Journal Opportunities: As a student at this third tier toilet, you will have a chance to write onto the revered, hallowed Public Land & Resources Law Review! From the journal’s description:
“The Public Land & Resources Law Review is published by a board of student editors at The University of Montana School of Law. We feature professional scholarship and student-written articles exploring legal issues regarding public land, natural resource, environmental, and federal Indian law. This site hosts our annual conference material, summaries on recent court decisions, and the archive of our previous journals.” [Emphasis in original]
If you ever mention that you are a student ediTTTor of this publication to anyone in a local bar or restaurant, then you may never pay for another drink or steak again – as long as you stay in the area. Then again, no out-of-state employers really want to hire Montana Law grads anyway.
The Lawyer Glut in Montana: Catherine Rampell’s excellent piece, “The Lawyer Surplus, State by State,” appeared in the New York Times Economix blog – back on June 27, 2011. Based on research from consulting firm Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., the state of Montana has too damn many attorneys. Here are the numbers from that report:
2010-2015 Estimated Annual Openings: 81
2009 Bar Exam Passers: 163
Conclusion: Avoid this corroded outhouse UNLESS you have the right last name or do not mind practicing law in a tiny community. Otherwise, you are wasting your time and energy on a foolish pursuit. You will not be served well by incurring an additional $80K-$110K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a TTT law degree. In the final analysis, the “professors” and administrators at this dung heap do not care about YOUR future. They are only concerned with keeping their overpaid, underworked positions. You are a mere means to an end, i.e. federally-backed student loans.
Posted by Nando at 5:43 AM