Monday, February 24, 2014

First Tier Moist Waste: Washington University School of Law


https://law.wustl.edu/admissions/pages.aspx?id=8413

Tuition: Full-time law students at Wa$hington Univer$ity in $t. Loui$ were charged $48,345 in tuition - for the 2013-2014 school year.  It’s nice to see that this commode is looking out for the students’ best interests, right?!?!  This figure does not include mandatory fees, which amount to an additional $1,760.  When you include those charges, the price of admission reaches $50,105.

Total Cost of Attendance: Based on the same document, the rodents list the total tuition and living expenses - for 2013-2014 - as $71,285.  By  the way, this total does not include the Student Health Service Insurance Fee of $1,300 - even though all students are required to carry coverage.  Of course, the vermin try to justify these costs by pointing out the following: “Washington University School of Law is a private institution and top law school, and competition to attend is very high.”

Keep in in mind that the law school pigs base living expenses off of a nine-month academic calendar.  Actual law students will require such costs over the full 12 months.  In order to reach a more accurate, total COA, we must prorate the following items: room/board; and personal costs.  Doing so, we reach a total estimate of $78,772 - for the current year.  This does not even count the optional parking pass of $480.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings

Ranking: According to US “News” & World Report, WUSTL is rated as the 19th best law school in the country.  It only shares this honor with one other school, i.e. the University of Minnesota.

http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2011/01/are_law_schools_lying_to_their.html

On January 25, 2011, former Biglaw associate Will Meyerhofer back-handed this toilet, in an article entitled “Are Law Schools Lying to Their Applicants?”  After pointing out that the pigs can charge ridiculous sums of money, due to guaranteed government loans to students, he delivers this forceful slap:

“If it was true supply and demand, #1 ranked Harvard and #100 ranked Hofstra wouldn't have the same tuition. But they do, the same as stupid Washington University, which is so stupid it's in Missouri. "It's underrated." Bite me." [Emphasis mine]

http://law.wustl.edu/career_services/employmentdata/2012ABAReport.pdf

Employment Placement Statistics: Here is the link to the Employment Summary for the WUSTL Law Class of 2012.  There were a total of 300 graduates from this cohort.  Of that figure, 276 were hired in some capacity - within nine months of earning their law degree.  One JD did not report his status to the sewer, while 23 were unemployed.  As such, the placement rate was 92.3 percent, i.e. 276/299.

On page one of this PDF, you will notice that the private toilet put 29 graduates from this class in university or law school-funded positions - in order to artificially increase the placement rate.  The cockroaches were able to boost this figure by 9.7%, using this underhanded tactic.  Hell, only four of these jobs were full-time and long term!  In contrast, 16 of these posts were part-time and short term.  But the law school pigs care about their students and graduates, don‘t they, Lemming?!?!

A total of 130 members of this class found jobs in private law firms.  However, only 44 of these men and woman landed in offices of more than 500 attorneys - as full-time workers.  Another 10 went into federal clerkships.  And this is from the 19th greatest law school in the country!

http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/04/a-cleaner-ranking-of-schools-long-term-full-time-employment-minus-law-school-funded-jobs.html#more

On April 10, 2013, Dan Filler posted a Faculty Lounge entry entitled “New Law School Rankings: Employment Data Cleaned Of School Funded Jobs” This article is based off of each ABA-accredited diploma mill’s Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report.  As the text and title make clear, the figures pertain to JD Required positions that are full-time, long term - and exclude law school funded jobs. Under these measures, WUSTL placed 67 percent of its grads in such positions.  These are the employment opportunities that one seeks when applying to law school.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+4

Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Wa$hington Univer$ity JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $117,964. Yet, only 73 percent of this commode’s 2012 class took on such toxic debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.

Conclusion: Washington University Sewer of Law is a grossly overpriced trash heap.  In sum, it is a moist turd with sprinkles on top.  Furthermore, more than a quarter of the graduates from 2012 did not incur one dime of student loan debt for their law degree.  This means that you will also be competing against those who are wealthy and connected, for the available number of attorney jobs.  How will YOU fare, as a person of modest means, when you are essentially required to take on an additional $125K-$170K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - for a chance to enter this GLUTTED “profession”?!?!  If you cannot answer this question honestly and objectively, then you have no business making such a financial decision.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Power Flush: Thomas M. Cooley Law School and the University of La Verne College of Law Experience the Biggest-Ass Drops in Enrollment - by Percentage - Since 2010


http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/cooley-nyls-have-largest-enrollment-declines-2010-2011

Toilets Getting Flushed: The NaTTTional Juri$TTT published Alicia Albertson’s piece, which was entitled “Cooley, NYLS have largest enrollment declines since 2010-2011” - on February 17, 2014.  Take a look at this opening:

“The drop in law school applications during the past three years has had a profound impact on enrollment, according to a new study by The National Jurist.

Law school enrollment has dropped by an average of 99 students per school from 2010-2011 to 2013-2014, with only 16 schools enjoying an increase in students.

Eighteen law schools saw enrollment drop by more than 30 percent, led by University of La Verne (down 66.2 percent) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (down 40.6 percent). Cooley Law School, with five campuses in Michigan and Florida, dropped from 3,931 students in 2010-2011 to 2,334 students in 2013-2014, the single largest drop in raw numbers.”  [Emphasis mine]

This is excellent news.  Only a truly sick bastard would view this otherwise.  Remember, “law professors” and administrators have consigned LEGIONS of students and graduates to a lifetime of debt servitude and financial ruin - over the course of several decades.

At the conclusion of this article, you will see a chart showing the 25 ABA-accredited dung heaps that have had the largest enrollment declines, as a percentage.  Among these commodes: New York Law $chool; Widener University - both campuses; $eTTon Haul; Western New England “University”; Appalachian Sewer of Law; VermonTTT Law School; and Pace University.

http://abovethelaw.com/2014/02/ouch-the-law-schools-with-the-biggest-drops-in-enrollment-since-2010/

Other Coverage: On February 18, 2014, Staci Zaretsky posted an epic ATL entry labeled “Ouch: The Law Schools With The Biggest Drops In Enrollment Since 2010.”  Check out this portion:

“For the past few years, law schools have been in a state of crisis, and it’s getting worse. Prospective students just aren’t as interested as they used to be in borrowing up to six figures of government Monopoly money in the hope of surviving the post-graduation gauntlet of legal employment. At last count, applicants were down 11.1 percent from this time last year, and national 1L enrollment is down 24 percent from where it was in 2010.

Unable to keep up with the changing times and put asses in seats, law schools are doing anything they can to cut costs — up to and including laying off faculty and staff. Amid hefty declines in enrollment, some schools seem to be struggling.” [Emphasis mine]

As scam-bloggers have pointed out for a while, the law school pigs did not “strategically plan” to scale back their operations.  They were essentially forced to decrease enrollment.  Hell, according to Paul Campos, the rodents are accepting a higher percentage of applicants than ever before!

Later on, Zaretsky reported the following:

“All joking aside, the schools that have purposefully reduced their class sizes — by more than two handfuls of students — are doing a very good thing. But when a law school’s decline in student enrollment is greater than 30 percent, we’ve got to wonder what portion of that percentage was planned.

In a recent study, National Jurist compared data from the 2010-2011 school year to data from the 2013-2014 school year using numbers from law schools’ most recent American Bar Association 509 reports. Without further ado, here are the 10 law schools with the biggest drops in enrollment since 2010:

University of La Verne: -66.2 percent
Cooley Law School: -40.6 percent
Catholic University: -39.5 percent
New York Law School: -38.7 percent
University of Dayton: -38.5 percent
Pacific McGeorge School of Law: -38.4 percent
Widener University – Harrisburg: -36.9 percent
University of New Hampshire: -34.8 percent
Seton Hall University: -34.7 percent
Liberty University: -33.9 percent” [Emphasis mine]

You’re welcome, law school swine!  Once prospective students received better information about your garbage product, fewer of them chose to incur insane amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for dwindling job prospects.

Conclusion: The law school pigs are sweating their little balls off, due to the consistent, steep decline in applications.  Again, these bitches and hags DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about their students or recent graduates.  The cockroaches merely want to keep the scam going for as long as possible.  The academic parasites should be happy that they were able to fleece the taxpayers - and financially rape the students - for such an extended period of time.  Instead, the pathetic, selfish whores are sobbing over their supposed misfortune.  In a just world, these vile creatures would be shoved into small crates - and force-fed their own excrement.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Catholic Guilt or Mere Desperation?: Villanova University School of Law Doubles the Number of Full-Tuition Scholarships


http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/villanova-doubles-full-tuition-scholarships-makes-curricular-changes

The Announcement: On January 27, the NaTTTional Juri$TTT published a piece by Alicia Albertson, under the headline “Villanova doubles full tuition scholarships, makes curricular changes.”  Look at this excerpt:

“Villanova University School of Law announced it will double the number of full-tuition scholarships for incoming students, and the Pennsylvania school also announced curricular changes.

The Innovation Scholars program will fund up to 50 full scholarships for the 2014 incoming class, effectively doubling the number of students who receive such. Students will receive the scholarship for all three years of law school study.

To be eligible, students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher, an LSAT score of 157 or higher and must maintain good academic standing with the institution.

“These new Innovation Scholars will find in Villanova a law school that is responding to the new market realities of their degrees,” John Gotanda, Dean of the law school said. “We have listened to our students and to the law firm, corporate and government employers.”

The law school also announced it would lock in tuition for each incoming class so students will pay the same each year for educational expenses.” [Emphasis mine]

In sum, the commode is desperate for asses in seats.  Maybe the cockroaches will toss in free ball massages and an iPad.  This is a marketing ploy, but it will end up costing the pigs, too.  Plus, the requirements are not too strenuous.  You can major in Political “Science” or History and easily earn higher than a 3.6 UGPA.  

Remember, this is the same trash pit where SCHOOL OFFICIALS KNOWINGLY FALSIFIED DATA pertaining to incoming UGPAs and LSAT scores - in an effort to increase the toilet’s USN&WR ranking.  As reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Katherine Mangan, in a February 26, 2011 piece entitled “Villanova U. Reveals Its Law School Gave False Reports of GPA's and Test Scores”:

“Villanova University officials announced on Friday that unidentified employees of its law school knowingly reported inaccurate, and presumably inflated, grade-point averages and admission-test scores to the American Bar Association in years before 2010, a scheme that could have affected where it fell in national rankings.” [Emphasis mine]

http://abovethelaw.com/2014/01/law-school-offers-free-tuition-to-50-applicants/#more-296682

Other Coverage: Elie Mystal wrote an entry labeled “Law School Offers Free Tuition To 50 Applicants,” back on January 22, 2014.  From his opening:

“We know the new economics for middle-tier law schools. Applications are down, so to convince students with good test scores to come to your school, you have to offer them money. It’s the market, imperfect though it may be, at work.

So when a law school offers “full scholarships” to a number of students with strong academic credentials, don’t think that it’s doing you a favor. They’re trying to fill their seats, not trying to address the fundamental cost problem of law school. If a law school is offering “scholarships” to high-performing students, that means that the low-performing students who are paying full price are subsidizing the people in their class who are most likely to bust up the curve. Addressing the value proposition of law school involves lowering tuition for all students, not making law school free for the kids with potentially better options.” [Emphasis mine]

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/enroll/finaid/costs.html

Tuition: Mystal is correct, regarding the prohibitive cost of admission to this dung heap.  Scroll down to the section labeled Law School Program Rates 2013-2014.  First year law students for the current academic year were charged $39,660 in tuition.  They must also pay a combined $400 in student health and SBA fees.  Therefore, these dolts are paying $40,060 to attend this ABA-accredited garbage pile for one damn year.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+5

Ranking: As you can see, Vanillanova Univer$iTTy Sewer of Law is rated as the 98th greatest, most fantastic and wonderful law school in the entire country by US “News” & World Report.  What an immense accomplishment, huh?!?!  In fact, it shares this prestigious honor with only three other commodes, i.e. Indiana University-Indianapolis, St. John’s University, and the University of South Carolina.  Such elite company!

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+4

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Villanova JD Class of 2012 who incurred debt for law school - as $113,283. In fact, 79 percent of this commode’s 2012 class took on such toxic debt. Remember that this figure does not include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, Villanova University Sewer of Law is a grossly overpriced, vile, Catholic toilet.  These bitches and hags do not give one damn about their students or recent grads.  They simply want to keep the scam going.  After all, the academic parasites are living well off of the federally-backed student loan system.  Their compensation is in no way tied to their students’ outcomes.  The swine are using this scholarship boost to attract quality applicants.  Plus, the pigs believe that it will buy them some goodwill among potential consumers in the area, as well as with the ABA and USN&WR.  Up to 50 new students will receive full tuition, while their classmates will continue to drown in large sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Albany Law School Will Terminate Some Faculty Members in Order to Cut Costs


http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/morning_call/2014/02/albany-law-school-offers-buyouts-to.html?page=all

Glorious News!: On February 11, 2014, Albany Business Review published a piece entitled “Albany Law School offers buyouts to faculty” - by reporter Megan Rogers.  From the opening:

“Albany Law School is offering buyouts to faculty so its payroll better matches the school's declining student enrollment.

While Albany Law School's enrollment decreased by about 200 students in the past ten years, the size of its faculty has remained steady at about 50 full-time faculty. Last week, the board began efforts to downsize, offering a voluntary buyout program for tenured and long-term contract faculty.

The buyouts are a starting point for cost-reductions and the board will have a better sense of potential cuts when it determines how many faculty members take the buyout this spring, said Daniel Nolan, chairman of the school's Board of Trustees. Nolan also is president and CEO at Hugh Johnson Advisors LLC investment firm in Albany.

The board acknowledges that Albany Law School's situation marks a structural change, Nolan said, and will seek other reductions and new sources of revenue.” [Emphasis mine]

It is great to see that the board realizes - and publicly admits - that this is a fundamental restructuring.  In a just world, they would take a wrecking ball to this toilet.  Near the conclusion, Rogers noted:

“The school wants to reduce faculty size rather than lower admittance standards to raise revenue. Albany Law School is the second lowest in the state for bar passage and lowering enrollment standards as employment opportunities dwindle would be "unethical," the board wrote last week in a letter to faculty members.

"Cutbacks are very, very hard. But what is motivating everything about what I'm doing is my student-centric approach," [dean Penelope] Andrews said. "Albany Law School and law schools exist to train students and it's all about the students."

Enrollment fell from 821 students in 2003-04 to 617 students in 2013-14. This year, applications are down by about 15 percent compared to the same time last year, Andrews said. The challenge isn't making sure students apply to Albany Law School, but making sure they enroll.” [Emphasis mine]

In other words, if enrollment continues to drop at Albany Law Sewer, then further buyouts and faculty cuts can be expected.  This is a wonderful day!

http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202641330977/Albany+Law+Offers+Buyouts+to+Offset+Lower+Enrollment%3Fmcode=0&curindex=0&curpage=ALL#

Other Coverage: On February 4, 2014, the New York Law Journal posted an article from John Caher and Tania Karas, under the headline “Albany Law Offers Buyouts to Offset Lower Enrollment.”  Free registration is required to view the full contents.  At any rate, take a look at this opening:

“Albany Law School and some of its professors are at odds over plans to reduce faculty size due to declining enrollment, giving rise to a broader question of whether the institution should lower its standards to save jobs.

The school on Monday offered buyouts to up to eight longer-tenured and higher-salaried professors. At the same time, the Board of Trustees, in a statement, and the law school's dean, in an interview, flatly rejected an idea, apparently promoted by some faculty, to lower admissions standards.

"A review of our declining bar passage statistics (we are now the second lowest law school in New York State for bar passage), combined with the extremely difficult employment market for our graduates, compels us to believe that we must focus on quality of applicants, not quantity," the board said in a memo Monday to faculty. "To admit students in order to increase revenues due to projected operating deficits would be both unethical and in violation of ABA standards."

Penelope Andrews, dean and president of Albany Law School, said in an interview that any discussion of lowering standards is off the table.” [Emphasis mine]

The school was nice to offer such buyouts to the academic swine.  It’s not as if any of these rats has done anything useful in their position.  Of course, the "law professors"/parasites wanted to lower admissions "standards" further.  Yes, these cockroaches truly care about the students, right?!?!

Now look at this excerpt:

“The memo from the Board of Trustees, distributed by its chairman, Daniel Nolan, made clear that "the voluntary buy-out program announced today is but one step in a comprehensive strategy designed to bring operating costs in line with anticipated revenues." It said the board "will continue to assess the school's financial condition to determine what other measures might be appropriate as we move forward."

Andrews said it is unclear how many faculty positions need to be cut, either through buyouts or layoffs, and depends on several factors, including admissions, the number of students who drop out after the first or second year and other variables.

"There is no fixed number that will fix the situation because it is so fluid," Andrews said.”

Again, this is merely a single step in keeping costs down.  It’s great to see the law school pigs sweat their tiny balls off.  Thank all of you for helping to spread the truth about the law school scam.  Applications and enrollment have fallen for years, because of our collective efforts.

Conclusion: The administrators and Board of TTTru$TTTee$ at the 132nd greatest, most amazing and terrific law school in the United States have begrudgingly accepted the fact that they must toss many of the overpaid pigs out on their useless asses, if they want to stay in business.  Don’t buy the high-minded reasons given by the school, for this move.  This is about survival.  As we all know, faculty compensation - including benefits - is the biggest expense at ABA-accredited diploma mills.  That is the reason why law school tuition is so damn high.  It’s about time that the administrators start trimming the fat, where it will actually make a difference!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

TTT Smells of Desperation: Vermont Law School Partners With Historically Black Colleges and Universities, in Order to Exploit More Lemmings


http://www.vermontlaw.edu/News_and_Events/News_Releases/Vermont_Law_Partners_with_Historically_Black_Colleges_and_Universities.htm

The Toilet's Press Release: On February 4, 2014, Vermont Law Sewer furnished a press release labeled “Vermont Law Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

“Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and Morehouse College and Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., are the first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to sign partnership agreements with Vermont Law School, the ultimate goal of which is to expand racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

Each partnership is tailored to the interests of the college or university. The agreement with Central State University, for example, is specifically designed to attract prospective students to the JD/Master of Environmental Law and Policy and the JD/Master of Energy Regulation and Law programs at Vermont Law School. The partnerships with Morehouse College and Spelman College are designed to facilitate admission of qualified students to law school in general and Vermont Law in particular.

Shirley Jefferson ’86, Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity at Vermont Law, has led the partnership initiative.

“At Vermont Law, we believe that we should be training the next generation of leaders who will make a difference in their communities and in the world,” Jefferson said. “These are colleges and universities with long histories of promoting racial justice and equality, and we are proud to partner with them.” [Emphasis mine]

Yeah, sure the law school pigs care about “racial justice,” “equality” and “representing traditionally voiceless communities.”  If you believe that nonsense, then you should not be allowed to make any decision that could possibly affect another person.  Those are mere code words, designed to cause suckers to incur substantial amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - for a worthless product.

http://www.boston.com/news/education/2014/02/04/law-school-partnerships-expand-diversity/KaBuNSMHosTv11PP9J992M/story.html

Other Coverage: On February 4, 2014, the Boston Globe posted an AP story entitled “Vt Law School partnerships to expand diversity.”  From the opening:

“Vermont Law School has partnered with several historically black colleges and universities to expand racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

The law school has partnered with Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and Morehouse College and Spelman College in Atlanta.”

By the way, read the remaining two paragraphs of this piece.  Doesn’t it seem nearly identical to the press release?!?!  Hell, with newspapers slashing jobs, now many “reporters” simply run with a company’s talking points.

http://outsidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2014/02/vermont-law-might-as-well-offer-free.html

OTLSS contributor MA posted an entry labeled “Vermont Law Might As Well Offer Free Balance Transfers Too” - on February 7, 2014.  Read the following excerpt:

“According to this press release, Vermont Law is signing partnership agreements with a few historically black colleges and universities (HBCU's). These agreements will allow students at these colleges to have access to pre-law counseling from real life law school counselors and a tuition break (cleverly disguised as scholarships) once they sign up for classes. 

This plan by Vermont Law is a new direction that I can see more law schools taking. This agreement gives Vermont Law a captive audience at the HBCU's they are partnering with…After listening to their friendly Vermont Law counselors, these students will be convinced that a Vermont Law degree is the key to that $160,000 starting salary everyone talks about. The counselors have at least a year to whisper sweet fantasies into the students' ears and convince them three years in South Royalton is just like being in Lake Havasu and Harvard at the same time. I am sure that the HBCUs' administrations are getting a kickback here in exchange for pushing their undergrads towards law schools like lambs being led to the slaughter. It's a win-win for the schools, even if the students are being lured into financial ruin.” [Emphasis mine]

There is no honor among academic thieves.  In their eyes, students are a means to an end, i.e. federally-backed student loans.

http://vtdigger.org/2013/06/27/vermont-law-school-makes-more-cuts-as-class-size-drops/

Faculty Cuts Back in June 2013: On June 27, 2013, the Vermont Journalism Trust published a Alicia Freese piece, headlined “Vermont Law School makes more cuts as class size drops.”  Check out this opening:

“Starting last September, VLS enacted a plan to shrink the school in response to a tuition dollar drought that left it with a $3.3 million budget gap. The school attracted national attention last winter when it cut 12 staff positions — 10 were through voluntary buyouts and two were involuntary.

This past spring, in a quieter move, VLS whittled down its faculty. Eight professors, of the 40 who were eligible, voluntarily moved from full-time to part-time positions. [VLS "president" Marc] Mihaly estimated that two or three other positions were eliminated when professors departed for personal reasons.” [Emphasis mine]

Does anyone with an IQ above room temperature want to argue that this is a mere coincidence?!?!  The school is losing money - and now the sewer rats will do whatever they can to keep their lice-infested heads above water.

Conclusion: In the final analysis, the cockroaches at 119th ranked VermonTTT Law Sewer are desperate for asses in seats.  Furthermore, the commode is independent, i.e. it is not attached to a larger univer$ity.  The bastards have a tiny endowment, which means that they cannot sustain several, consecutive, small class sizes.  The pigs at VLS simply want to take advantage of black students, under the guise of “providing them with the opportunity to enter the legal profession.”  This is beyond sickening, as the “professors” and administrators of this school KNOW that a TTT law degree will not financially benefit the vast majority of graduates.  In fact, attending this toilet will merely result in the students incurring additional sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - and garbage job prospects.  

Monday, February 3, 2014

Third Tier Toilet Albany Law School to Flush Tenured Faculty Members?


Beautiful News!: JD Junkyard contributor "JohnDoeee" tipped me off to this development.  On January 31, 2014, Bridget Crawford posted a Faculty Lounge entry labeled “‘Financial Exigency’ at Albany Law School?”  Here is the full text of her piece:

http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2014/01/financial-exigency-at-albany-law-school.html

“According to a November 19, 2013 letter issued by AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum, Albany Law School's "administration and governing board have announced that, because of serious financial difficulties, notifications of faculty layoffs will be issued shortly."

The newly-formed AAUP chapter at Albany certainly disagrees that "financial exigency" exists.  In a letter dated January 11, 2014, that group states (here):

The Chapter maintains that there is no showing of a bona fide institutional financial exigency or of individual faculty incompetence. Accordingly, no justification for faculty terminations exists. Since no faculty terminations are justified, the Chapter takes no position on what the order of layoffs would be if terminations were warranted under a state of financial exigency. In the absence of evidence of anything remotely resembling a bona fide financial exigency, firing any faculty member would depart from nationally accepted standards of law school governance.

The Albany Law School Chapter of the AAUP has made various documents available here.  This situation will be one to watch.” [Emphasis mine]

I want to thank all of you who have helped educate the general public about the law school scam.  As a direct result of those collective efforts, law school applications have plummeted for the last three years.  Hell, first year law school enrollment hit a 36 year low this past Fall.  Now, the bitches and hags at Albany Law Sewer are running scared.

Other Coverage: Paul Campos provided the following insight in his January 31, 2014 entry, “Albany Law School to fire tenured faculty based on merit evaluations?”:

http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2014/01/albany-law-school-to-fire-tenured-faculty-based-on-merit-evaluations

“In this case the AAUP standards seem to be merely precatory, as lawyers say, which means that the only cost Albany incurs by ignoring them is reputational, assuming of course that the school follows whatever procedures it’s contractually obligated to follow when firing employees. (Update: A three year old version of the school’s faculty handbook says tenured faculty can be fired only for cause or financial exigency. See Appendix B at 14).

But that reputational cost could be quite considerable, if the school were to go so far as to fire tenure-track and especially tenured faculty because it’s in such severe financial straits (Ex post facto rationalizations that such people were fired as a result of “merit” evaluations are likely to ring hollow).

A school is likely to go to great lengths to avoid the bad publicity such a move would produce, by firing lower-level staff, offering buyouts to senior faculty, cutting faculty salaries, and taking every step short of the most radical possible interventions, which are, in ascending order of radicalism, firing tenure track faculty, opening a Holiday Inn Express where the library used to be, and not giving top administrators greater than COL raises this year.” [Emphasis mine]

As with any scam, the perpetrators must convey confidence in their product or service.  My guess is that the rodents at this commode will terminate janitors, groundskeepers, and adjunct faculty before getting to the grossly overpaid, failed attorneys masquerading as “scholars.”

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/02/tenured-faculty.html

Paul Caron published an article entitled “Tenured Faculty Layoffs Coming at Albany Law School?” - on February 1, 2014.  From his opening:

“Tax Prof Bridget Crawford (Pace) reports on the news that Albany Law School's "administration and governing board have announced that, because of serious financial difficulties, notifications of faculty layoffs will be issued shortly." 

Albany's bonds have been downgraded in recent months, and its 1L enrollment has declined 27% over the past five years:

2009:  255
2010:  236
2011:  235
2012:  196
2013:  187” [Emphasis mine]

This school is certainly feeling the effects of a smarter consumer base.  People have caught onto the fact that the U.S. lawyer job market is GLUTTED.  Furthermore, college grads now recognize that they may end up incurring monstrous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for garbage employment prospects.  Plus, Albany Law Sewer is ranked as the 132nd greatest, most incredible law school in the nation - by US “News” & World Report.

Why the hell should any prospective student take on such risks, especially when the banksters and academics have no skin in the game?!?!  Yes, those reaping ALL of the benefits of this rigged $y$tem bear NONE of the perils!  Anyone who defends this arrangement is a vile piece of garbage.

Conclusion: Albany Law School is an independent “institution of higher education,” i.e. it is not anchored to a larger university.  As such, the pigs must rely on a steady stream of law lemmings.  When enrollment drops, the swine have less revenue to operate.  In the end, the jackals like to act as though they are typical companies.  For $ome rea$on, the cockroaches conveniently “forget” to mention that they are propped up by taxpayer funds and the federally-backed student loan scheme.  Now, the bastards get to exercise their supposed business acumen. 
 
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