Saturday, December 26, 2015
Open Letter to First Year Lemmings: Drop Out Now, If You Are Not Near the Top of Your Class After First Semester
It’s Okay to Quit: Back on May 4, 2011, former Biglaw associate Will Meyerhofer wrote a brilliant piece that was entitled “Someone likes a quitter.” Look at his excellent opening:
“No one likes a quitter,” she quipped, exhaling a cloud of toxins.
Uh…huh. Except there’s a proviso in that statement – a “carve-out” in the contract language – covering the quitting of something self-destructive. Like smoking.
Or a pointless march through law school.
I’d like to speak in defense of quitting, and quitters.
Quitting can be about more than stopping whatever you’re doing. It can be about waking up and asking yourself if what you’re doing makes sense and is worth continuing.
If you’re plugging away dutifully through the legal education process with no real idea why – it might be time to quit.
Does this mean I’m seriously advising young law students all over the country to give up and drop out – simply abandon their legal education mid-way through?
I am prescribing a mass exodus from law schools. A semi-mass exodus might do the trick.
Tune in. Turn on. Drop out.
If you don’t know why you’re there – and you’re not sure what you’re getting yourself into – if you’re not at a top school, or even if you are, and your grades are a little iffy, and likely to stay that way – then please, get out. Today. Before you spend another cent." [Emphasis mine]
Mr. Meyerhofer then refers to this filth as the legal education scam. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his JD from NYU.
U.S. Department of Labor Data: If you are considering a potential legal career, then surely you are familiar with the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, correct?!?! Take a peak at the entry for Lawyers. According to this source, there were 778,800 attorneys in this country, in 2014. BLS predicts that there will be 43,800 more lawyers in 2024 than there were ten years earlier. Still want to take the plunge, Dumbass?! From the handbook:
Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available.” [Emphasis mine]
By the way, “growth” in this GLUTTED field tends to be from retirement and deaths, as this “profession” has been decimated by automation and outsourcing. Vendors such as LegalZoom have also reduced the need for attorneys.
Too Many Damn Graduates: Review the Class of 2014 National Summary Report, furnished by NALP. You will notice that there were a total of 43,832 law grads competing for 27,928 jobs where bar passage was required. In fact, the outlook is even weaker for those who want to work in private law offices. After all, only 18,587 members of this cohort ended up employed as private lawyers. This figure includes desperate-ass sole practitioners.
Class of 2014 Bimodal Salary Distribution Curve: This organization also provided an important graph for this cohort. Look at the text below, which is under the chart:
“Note: Graph is based on 22,095 salaries reported for full-time jobs lasting a year or more. A few salaries above $205,000 are excluded from the graph for clarity, but not from the percentage calculations. The left-hand peaks of the graph reflect salaries of $40,000 to $65,000, which collectively accounted for about half of reported salaries. The right-hand peak shows that salaries of $160,000 accounted for about 17% of reported salaries. However, more complete salary coverage for jobs at large law firms heightens this peak and diminishes the left-hand peaks — and shows that the unadjusted mean overstates the average starting salary by just over 6%. Nonetheless, as both the arithmetic mean and the adjusted mean show, relatively few salaries are close to either mean. For purposes of this graph, all reported salaries were rounded to the nearest $5,000.”
By the way, this graph does not accurately reflect reality. It is based on salaries reported, which is a little over half of the collective 2014 JD class. Specifically, that figure represents 50.4% of the group, i.e. 22,095/43,832. Furthermore, it only includes full-time positions that lasted for one year or longer. Going back to the NALP National Summary Report, you will see that 1,090 grads ended up in firms of 101-250 attorneys, another 1,091 members of this class were employed in offices of 251-500 lawyers, and that 3,952 JDs reported working in law firms with more than 500 attorneys.
You can bet your ass that nearly everyone from these three groups furnished their salaries to their schools, which was consequently supplied to NALP. Tons of graduates chose not to provide their income data to their commodes, out of a sense of shame or failure. This skews the data further, in favor of those earning more. This makes the law school swine happy, since lemmings will see these numbers as proof that if they work hard they can be successful as well.
Conclusion: You are MUCH better off trying to explain a 6 month gap in employment – and taking out an additional $20K in student loans – rather than pissing away three years of your life, owing $190K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, and scrambling for low-paid dreck. This is your life and the law school pigs are not looking out for YOUR interests. They merely want to get as many asses in seats as possible. The cockroaches will do and say anything to get you to sign on the dotted line.
Posted by Nando at 7:53 AM
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer’s Median LSAT Score for First Year Students is Now 141
ABA 509 Required Disclosures: Head to this link and select Thoma$ M. Cooley Law $chool, year 2015, and then hit the Generate Reports button. You will then be able to review the Western Michigan University 2015 Standard 509 Information Report in PDF format. Please do not eat or drink anything while looking over the following figures:
“GPA and LSAT Scores
Total # of apps: 1,222
Total # of offers: 1,072
Total # of matriculants: 448
75th Percentile GPA, Total: 3.19
75th Percentile GPA, Full-Time: 3.23
75th Percentile GPA, Part-Time: 3.19
50th Percentile GPA, Total: 2.85
50th Percentile GPA, Full-Time: 2.93
50th Percentile GPA, Part-Time: 2.84
25th Percentile GPA, Total: 2.51
25th Percentile GPA, Full-Time: 2.57
25th Percentile GPA, Part-Time: 2.50
Total # not incl. in GPA percentile calc.: 10.00
Full-Time # not incl. in GPA percentile calc.: 0.00
Part-Time Total # not incl. in GPA percentile calc. 10.00
75th Percentile LSAT, Total: 147
75th Percentile LSAT, Full-Time: 155
75th Percentile LSAT, Part-Time: 146
50th Percentile LSAT, Total: 141
50th Percentile LSAT, Full-Time: 149
50th Percentile LSAT, Part-Time: 141
25th Percentile LSAT, Total: 138
25th Percentile LSAT, Full-Time: 145
25th Percentile LSAT, Part-Time: 137” [Emphasis mine]
The numbers speak for themselves. The toilet had an 87.7 percent acceptance rate, i.e. 1,072/1,222. One wonders about the profile of the 150 applicants who were denied admission. There seems to be an error under the Matriculants section, regarding full-time and part-time students. Perhaps the numbers were mixed up, since “only” 303 students applied for part-time enrollment.
LSAT Scores by Percentile: Let’s review the LSAT Percentiles Table furnished by Cambridge LSAT. Unfortunately, the most recent data is for the 2011-2014 cycle. However, this provides a clear picture of competence as the numbers have been consistent recently. According to this source and chart, an LSAT score of 141 – Cooley’s TOTAL MEDIAN for 2015 – would have placed one in the 16th percentile. A 138 on the exam, which was the garbage heap’s 25th percentile score for this year, would place you firmly in the 10th percentile of test-takers in 2014. That is BEYOND PATHETIC!!
Bachelor’s Degree Not Required: This notorious trash pit has posted the following info on a page labeled “Applying Without a Bachelor’s Degree”:
“Please note: Some state bars require a bachelor's degree; however, the State Bar of Michigan does not. Please check the educational requirements of the bar in the state in which you plan to practice law.
Most WMU-Cooley students have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Yet, under court rules adopted by the Michigan Supreme Court, an applicant may also attend if the student has completed at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours either toward an undergraduate degree from an accredited school or from an accredited junior or community college.
WMU-Cooley Law School welcomes inquiries from individuals with associate's degrees or 60 to 90 credits at a four-year institution.
Students who have completed from one-half to three-quarters of the work necessary for a bachelor's degree must meet the admission requirements outlined in the next two sections to qualify for admission. Please call the Admissions Office at (517) 371-5140, ext. 2244 if you have any questions about your particular circumstance.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, what a TTTTruly pre$TTTTigiou$ in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion of higher educaTTTTion, huh?!?! Hell, this school is approaching the admi$$ion$ “standards” of most community colleges, i.e. open enrollment. I wouldn't be surprised if the pigs offered remedial reading and writing courses.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, in the game of law school admissions, TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law $chool is the equivalent of a $5 prostitute who is twitching and jerking due to extensive meth use. This sweltering pile of excrement will admit damn near ANYONE WITH A PULSE! Does anyone with an IQ above room temperature believe that U.S. taxpayers should be financing these morons’ “legal education”?! With the information above, and given the toilet’s reputation, those who failed to gain admission to this toilet must have had serious criminal backgrounds or other huge red flags.
Posted by Nando at 7:38 AM
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Leaking Toilets: Back on November 20, 2015, the New York Law Journal published an Andrew Denney piece, under the headline “Most New York Law Schools See Decline in Bar Pass Rates.” Look at this opening:
“Ten of New York’s 15 law schools had their pass rates decline from last year on the July 2015 bar examination, according to figures that the law schools provided to the Law Journal.
Three institutions—Touro Law School, New York Law School and Albany Law School—had a double-digit or near double-digit slide.
The exam was administered on July 28-29. There were 3,291 candidates who sat for the test for the first time, down from 3,740 first-time test takers a year earlier.
The statewide pass rate was 79 percent, down from 83 percent last year and the lowest since 2004, when the New York State Board of Law Examiners began breaking out the pass rate for first-time test takers who graduated from American Bar Association-accredited schools.
Touro Law Center recorded a 15-point slide, from 67.5 percent to 52.5 percent, the largest of any of the state’s law schools.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, what an eliTTTTe in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion of “higher learning,” huh?!?! According to US “News” & World Report, TTTTouro College Jacob B. Fuch$berg Law CenTTTTer is a FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT! By the way, the name fits perfectly. Several paragraphs later, the article continued:
“New York Law School's pass rate for its 245 first-time test takers was 60.4 percent, down from 71 percent last year. In 2013, the school's pass rate was 83 percent.
The [dung heap] declined to comment.
Albany Law School, which had 151 graduates sitting for the test, had the third-largest decline, dropping almost 10 points to 68.2 percent.
Alicia Ouellette, dean of Albany Law, said that this year's pass rate is "deeply disappointing."
"We can and we will do better," Ouellette said. "We are analyzing exam results, meeting with our students, and developing a short-term response for the current 3Ls, and a long-term response for future graduates." [Emphasis mine]
How exactly are you going to improve your bar exam pass rates, when you continue to enroll waterheads, douchebag? Are you going to sprinkle fairy dust on these dolts? These swine have no plan and no real answers.
Other Coverage: On November 20, 2015, ATL featured an entry that was labeled “Stats Of The Week: New York State Bar Exam Results By School.” Read the text below:
“The recent precipitous drop in the New York State bar exam passage rates (70% for first-time takers) has been earliernoted and discussed here on ATL. The state’s overall passage rate (61%) was the lowest in “at least” 35 years. There’s plenty of blame to assign for this sad state of affairs: the schools’ increasingly laxadmission policies, the latest crop of students’ general endumbening, and, of course, foreigners.
Recently, the New York Law Journal broke out bar passage rates by law school and found that 10 of the 15 New York state law schools saw their pass rates decline from last year. Three schools had declines of (roughly) 10% or more: Touro (-15%), NYLS(-10.6%), and Albany (-9.8%).” [Emphasis mine]
USN&WR Ratings for New York Diploma Mills: Here are the 2016 law school rankings, for Empire State commodes, as furnished by US “News”:
First tier: Columbia 4; NYU 6; Columbia 13; and Fordham 34. Second tier sewage pits: Cardozo 75; Crooklyn 78; St. John’s 82; SUNY Buffalo 87; and Syracuse 87. Third tier toilets: CUNY 113; Hofstra 122; NYLS 127; Albany Law School 138; and Pace University 138. Touro is the only TTTT in New York State.
Now, look at the chart on this entry. You will notice that bar pass rates essentially reflect the tiers. Law grads from Cornell, NYU, Columbia, and Fordham had the highest success. Syracuse, St. John’s, CUNY, and Brooklyn Law Sewer are in the next group. Cardozo, Pace, and SUNY Buffalo JDs collectively came in at 9th, 10th, and 11th “best” on the July 2015 New York bar exam. Albany, Hofstra, NYL$, and TTTTouro featured the lowest pass rates, which the single fourth tier pile of excrement at the very bottom. It seems that the only diploma factories that fell outside their ranking were CUNY, SUNY Buffalo, and Pace, with CUNY and Pace JDs exceeding expecTTTaTTTions.
Conclusion: If you plan on attending law school in this state, and your are not admitted to Columbia or New York Univer$ity, and perhaps Cornell, then you are a moron of monumental proportions. Do you think – for one damn second – that YOU are going to be able to survive on $37K per year, after living in the most expensive area of the country for three years and paying insane amounts of tuition for a TTT law degree?!?! This is your life, cretin. The law school pigs are not looking out for your interests. They simply need your ass in a seat, so that they can get their filthy hooves on more federal student loan money. The cockroaches do not give one goddamn about YOU, the student or recent graduate. They don’t care what happens to your or your family, after you receive your garbage diploma. You are a mere means to an end, chump.
Posted by Nando at 1:10 AM
Friday, December 11, 2015
Increase in Minority Enrollment in Law School Resulted in Less Than One Percent Gain in the Number of Minority Lawyers, from 2000-2010
Still Want to Sign on the Dotted Line?: On December 4, 2015, ATL posted an entry from second year law student Renwei Chung. His contribution was labeled “Minorities In The Legal Profession Have Increased By Less Than One Percent Since 2000.” From his opening:
“In 2010, 88.1 percent of lawyers were white. In 2000, 88.8 percent of lawyers were white. These percentages were taken from the U.S. Census Bureau reports for 2010 and 2000, respectively. In other words, minorities in the legal profession have increased by less than 1 percent since 2000.
Over this same time period, minority enrollment in the J.D. programs of ABA-approved law schools increased by 6,752 students, or 1.8 percent (from 20.6 percent in 2000-2001 to 22.4 percent in 2009-2010). What do you predict the percentages of white and minority lawyers will be in 2020?
As I have previously noted, according to the National Jurist, overall law school enrollment dropped 15 percent from 2011 to 2013, but it has not been consistent among races. Asian students had the largest drop in law school enrollment – 16 percent. White enrollment dropped 14.8 percent, black law students fell 1.6 percent, and Hispanic enrollment held steady. It would be interesting to discover why there is such a large variance in the change in enrollment.
For a better diagnosis of future diversity in legal areas such as Biglaw, it may be practical to track the shifting demographics among the top 14 law schools and other traditional Biglaw feeder schools. The specific change in demographics among these top-tier schools is likely to be the biggest indicator of potential diversity in Biglaw.
How will the change in the law school population affect the legal industry? I have already noted how diversity among Biglaw partners doesn’t reflect law school diversity. Since the late 1980s, the percentage of minority law school graduates has more than doubled (going from 10 percent to 23 percent), yet 92 to 94 percent of current Biglaw partners are white.” [Emphasis mine]
Attending ABA-accredited dung heaps such as Villanova, the University of Mississippi, CreighTTTon, New Mexico, or Seattle certainly is not going to help you land Biglaw. Yet, you will still be charged ridiculous sums of tuition – in your pursuit of joining the GLUTTED “legal profession.” Why take the plunge?
Other Coverage: On December 8, 2015, JD Journal published an Amanda Griffin article that was entitled “How Minorities Can Select the Best Law School for Their Future.” Check out the following portion:
"The reports and studies are not new. Even though the legal market is improving, finding jobs can still be challenging. This rings especially true for minorities. The National Association for Law Placement reported in November that the number of African-American associates at major law firms has declined every year since 2009.
African Americans now make up only 3.95 percent of the number of associates at major U.S. law firms. Minority women are especially rare, making up only 2.6 percent of associates in 2015. Hispanic associates have increased slightly to comprise 4.3 percent and Asians make up 11 percent.
With numbers as small as these, minorities considering law school need to make sure they are selecting a school that gives them the best chances of success after law school. Minority students should look for a law school with an infrastructure that supports students such as with mentoring. Law schools that offer more practical courses in the areas of compliance, intellectual property, transactional, and litigation have the students’ best interests at heart." [Emphasis mine]
The author is correct in noting that minority law students should focus on practical courses. However, the suggestion regarding mentoring is a sad joke. Do you think these money pits will invest any meaningful time, energy or money into helping out their also-ran pupils?!?! As those who have gone through this waste of three years can attest, the pigs devote their energy to helping those in the top ten percent of the class find employment. At best, the commodes will offer a TTT program to assist students with legal writing and how to answer exam essay questions.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, Biglaw wants associates who reflect their wealthy clients’ backgrounds and views. They are not going to start actively recruiting minority law grads from weak-ass schools – with the exception of Howard University Sewer of Law. If you are attending a stink pit, with the hope of landing a good paying legal job after law school, then you are sadly mistaken.
With regard to the “profession” overall, if you are a minority or someone of modest means – and you did not graduate from a top 10 law school – then you are realistically looking at the following options: selling insurance premiums; working in toiletlaw, where you will make peanuts while working long hours representing scum; or going back to your previous employment or industry. Hell, you may even have the “opportunity” of returning to your childhood bedroom – as a broke-ass, debt-riddled 31 year old attorney. Who wouldn’t want to take this terrible bet?
Posted by Nando at 4:47 AM
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Law School Admissions Council Cockroaches Take Offense to LST Publishing Studies and Statistics Showing That Law Schools Are Admitting Dunces
LST’s Report: Recently, Law School Transparency published an excellent study – backed up with charts, graphs, figures, and rock solid analysis – that was entitled “2015 State of Legal Education.” Here is the general overview of that report:
“A problem for our profession and society
Law school enrollment is the lowest it's been since the 1960's. To remain financially viable, many law schools are admitting many people who face real risk of not completing school or of failing the bar. The bargain is clear: take larger, riskier classes now to survive and deal with the accreditation challenges, angry alumni, and bad press that follow later.
But at what cost, and to whom? And should we collectively enable this bargain?
We need lawyers. Yet too many schools hoping to produce the next generation of lawyers are failing the profession and society today—not to mention the students they're setting up to fail. To reinvigorate the law school pipeline, we must address the substantive issues that drive prospective law students away from the legal profession. We must ensure that law schools make responsible enrollment choices and become more affordable.” [Emphasis in original]
Since a profession is supposed to care about its practitioners, future members, potential clients or patients, and society – as well as maintaining and enhancing its reputation – who could be upset with an organization that, at its own expense, has furnished such data and provided pragmatic solutions? Then again, we are talking about the law school swine.
The Pigs Respond: LSAC “president” David Bernstine provided this reply, in his letter “Why LSAT Scores Should Not Be Used to Label Law Schools and Their Students” – On December 1, 2015. From his opening:
“A report recently released by Law School Transparency (LST) has gained headlines by claiming that some ABA-approved law schools have been intentionally admitting “high risk” students who, based on their LSAT scores, do not have a reasonable chance of passing the bar. As explained below, this claim and others made by the LST study are based on misunderstandings of the LSAT.
The LSAT is a valid measure of certain cognitive skills that are important for success in law school. However, proper use of the test does not include using score ranges to label law schools and their students as to their potential for successful bar passage.
In addition to the fact that the recommendations in the LST report run counter to LSAC’s testuse guidelines, we are concerned about the methodological errors upon which the report is based, and the misleading media coverage that this flawed report has generated.” [Emphasis mine]
By his “logic,” college quarterbacks being assessed for their ability to play and succeed in the NFL should not be judged on whether they can complete difficult passes in tight coverage or whether they can remain calm and perform at a high level in critical situations. After all, there are so many other factors and intangibles. Apparently, David Bernstine has difficulty with reading and statistics.
McEntee Replies: The Faculty Lounge posted his well-written retort, “Law School Transparency (LST) Responds to Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Press Release” – on December 2, 2015. Check out the meaty portion below:
“In recent weeks, several deans at high-risk schools have made comments in the media suggesting that there is no correlation between LSAT scores and bar passage at their law school, but none have provided data to support their assertions. The most clearly false claim came from Dean Penelope Bryan at Whittier Law School. She told the Los Angeles Times that “[t]he LSAT score has no predictive value for the success of Whittier Law School students on the bar exam.” Incidentally, Whittier’s first time bar pass rate in California dropped from 64.7% in July 2013, , to 42.7% in July 2014 to 30% in February 2015. (Note - Whittier had only 10 first time test-takers for that administration; California's July 2015 results by school are not yet available, but the statewide results were lower.)
At the same time, Whittier’s entering class profile progressively weakened. In 2014, over half of the entering class at Whittier was at 146 or below on the LSAT. To Whittier’s credit, the school dramatically shrank their first year entering class in 2015, substantially raising the LSAT profile of the bottom half of the class, with the 50th percentile increasing from 146 to 148 and the 25th percentile increasing from 143 to 146. Clearly, Whittier has recognized that LSAT scores do matter, even if Dean Bryan won’t publicly admit it.” [Emphasis mine]
According to the Orange County Register, the American Bar Association placed Whittier Law Sewer on academic probation in 2005 due to pathetically low bar passage rates. The fact that the ABA continues to accredit such dung heaps shows that they don’t give a damn about students or recent graduates. It also speaks volumes about the organization.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the LSAC rats are in the same boat as “law professors” and deans. They need more asses in seats, in order to keep their plush, easy jobs. They know that the media coverage of the drop in numbers of test-takers, decline in the quality of applicants, and the resultant plunge in bar passage rates has cast the ABA-accredited toilets in a bad light. The bitches and hags will do and say anything, to stanch the bleeding. Simply put, the schools want to be able to admit morons who can barely read at an 11th grade level – and they don’t want anyone to point that out to others. The Law $chool Admi$$ion Council is in leagie with the pigs. However, this is still “the noble profession,” right?
Posted by Nando at 7:04 AM
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Further Documentation: On November 24, 2015, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog published a Sara Randazzo piece that was entitled “Bar Exam Passage Rates Nationwide Keep Dropping.” Check out the following portion:
“The last time we checked in on bar passage rates, the results weren’t looking too rosy for law school graduates who took the July 2015 exam.
The numbers still seem to be in a downward spiral, most recently demonstrated in California. While the Golden State didn’t see quite as large a drop as some other states, the percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam fell to 60% from 61.4% a year earlier on the July exam. Among first-timers who attended American Bar Association-accredited schools, the rate dropped about a percentage point to 68%.
The National Law Journal took a look this week at some of the states that have seen declining rates on the July exam. Some of the most notable numbers, according to the story:
• In Pennsylvania, the passage rate for first-time test takers fell below 80% for the first time since 2003, to 78.3%
• In Georgia, the first timers rate dropped almost 7 percentage points, to 73.5%
• In Texas, 76.6% of first-time test takers passed, down about 4 percentage points from a year ago
• In Florida, first-timers passed at a rate of 68.9%, compared to 71.8% last year
Douglas Sylvester, dean of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, told Law Blog that the national numbers indicate “the credentials of these students are lower” than they’ve been in the past—a sentiment that’s taking hold in the legal community. Schools are “either admitting someone who can never pass the bar, or failing to educate them,” he said.” [Emphasis mine]
The law school pigs KNOWINGLY and WILLINGLY admitted a higher percentage of applicants, even though the credentials of the lemmings have dropped. Yes, that is a recipe for success, right?!?! Then again, the swine don’t care about their students. However, since bar passage rates reflect the strength of a program, the cockroaches have been forced to feign concern for their graduates.
Nicholas Allard of Crooklyn Law School has made several moronic attempts to place the blame at the feet of the bar examiners for making the test too difficult for his lower quality JDs. Don’t expect the jackals to accept responsibility for lower pass rates.
Other Coverage: The National Law Journal posted a Sheri Qualters entry labeled “Bar Exam Pass Rates Drop Across the Country” - on November 23, 2015. Check out this killer opening:
“Bar exam passage rates sank in several big states, indicating a drop in the qualifications of students amid fewer law school applications.
Pass rates in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania all came in lower for the July 2015 exam.
“As demand for law schools has dropped over the last few years, law schools, as a result, have been admitting and graduating less-qualified students,” said Derek Muller, an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, who has studied and blogged about the issue.
The number of law school applicants plunged from 87,900 in 2010 to 54,130 in 2015, according to the Law School Admission Council.
Law schools have been admitting students with lower LSAT scores and lower grade-point averages in recent few years and “that manifests itself in the bar exam a few years later,” Muller said.
The bar pass rate in California dropped to the lowest point since the fall of 1986. For the state’s July exam, just 46.6 percent of applicants and 60 percent of first-time takers passed, compared with July 2014 rates of 48.6 percent overall and 61.4 percent for first-time takers. The overall pass rate in the fall of 1986 was 44.4 percent.
New York’s overall pass rate for July first-time test takers from American Bar Association-accredited schools hit its lowest point since 2004. This summer, 79 percent of those examinees passed, compared with 83 percent in July 2014. The state’s 70 percent overall pass rate in July 2015 dropped from 74 percent in July 2014.” [Emphasis mine]
You’re welcome, bitches! However, you rodents chose to lower your admi$$ion$ "standards" further.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school pigs DO NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN about their students or recent graduates. For years, they have pumped out FAR TOO MANY JDs, for the available number of attorney openings. They did so with full knowledge that the U.S. lawyer job market was GLUTTED – and they did not miss a wink of sleep over this fact or their role in consigning legions of law students to a lifetime of financial ruin.
Only now when it becomes apparent that the selfish whores accepted too many waterheads – in order to get their hooves on more federal student loan dollars – are they interested in the outcomes for their grads. When JDs were working as “sandwich artists” or selling insurance policies, they did not blink an eye. If a significant portion of their recent classes had to return to their prior non-legal work, or serve pizzas in sit down restaurants, the swine did not have the slightest concern. After all, the cockroaches could simply claim that those students were “lazy bastards who didn’t apply themselves.” If a commode produces low bar passage rates, those applicants who fail have no chance to practice law – at least not for another 6-12 months. And the rats recognize that they will have one hell of a time justifying their gross tuition rates for a garbage “legal education.” Of course, mental midgets will continue to enroll – but perhaps at a lower clip.
Posted by Nando at 5:28 AM
Saturday, November 28, 2015
The Excellent News: On November 23, 2015, ATL published a Staci Zaretsky entry that was labeled “Amid Stark Enrollment Decline, Law School Offers Buyouts To All Tenured Faculty.” Take a look at her opening:
“For years now, when faced with cash crunches, deans at some law schools have allowed their admissions standards to fall to the wayside rather than deal a blow to their budgets. Considering the precipitous drop in bar exam passage over the past two years, it’s evident that this wasn’t a very good strategy. On the other side of the coin, we have law schools that have been forced to make significant cuts to their own tenured faculty in order to keep their incoming students’ credentials from becoming laughable.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve written about law school buyouts, but it seems that one law school waited until now to decide that it was stuck in a completely untenable situation. Which law school may soon have fewer tenured professors?
It’s Gonzaga University School of Law, and between 2011 and 2014, its applicant pool has dropped by 36 percent, while its total enrollment has declined by 28 percent over the same time period. First-year law student enrollment at Gonzaga Law was at 125 students in 2014, compared to 183 in 2010, which represents a drop of 32 percent overall.
As you can see, throughout the law school enrollment crisis, entering students’ admissions profiles have remained roughly the same at Gonzaga Law. Unfortunately, refusing to take on students who were riskier bets came at a cost. What’s the solution?
Dean Jane Korn has offered buyouts to all of the law school’s tenured faculty in the hope of avoiding having to lower Gonzaga Law’s standards for admission. Seventeen tenured faculty members received Korn’s offer, and four have accepted thus far.” [Emphasis mine]
As noted in chart above, the commode’s 25th percentile LSAT score was 154 in Fall 2010 and that figure decreased to 151 in Fall 2014. Their admi$$ion$ “standards” did drop, but not as precipitously as at other ABA-accredited diploma mills. Now, the dung pit is seeking to buy out their overpaid, severely underworked “professors.”
Other Coverage: On November 21, 2015, the Inlander blog featured a Mitch Ryals post that was entitled “Why Gonzaga University School of Law offered buy-outs to its tenured professors.” Check out the portion below:
“Gonzaga University School of Law is no exception to a dip in enrollment nationwide.
From 2011 to 2014, GU's School of Law has seen its application pool deplete by 36 percent. Enrollment has dropped by 28 percent in that same time.
As a result, the administration has offered buy-outs to all of its tenured professors. So far, four of the 17 faculty members have taken the offer. Law school dean Jane Korn does not anticipate the need to cut any more positions.
"Nationally, since 2011, applications to law schools have dropped around 40 percent," Korn says. "Every dean had to make a decision to lower standards or take a budget hit, and we decided to take the budget hit." [Emphasis mine]
It always make me laugh whenever cockroach deans talk as if they are doing the right thing, out of the goodness of their heart or character. The fact remains that the toilet was admitting and enrolling morons before 2011. They have also lowered their $tandard$ further, in order to get more asses in seats – despite a big-ass drop in applicants. Yes, these “educators” are such beacons of integrity, right?!?!
Make sure that you are not drinking anything, while reading the following tripe, in the article’s concluding parapraph:
"We're doing this because when you look at the situation ahead, you want to make sure Gonzaga has a bright and successful future," [Pig] Korn says. "We did this to avoid problems in the future."
Your trash pit is enrolling waterheads who scored 151 on the LSAT, ass monkey! How in the hell is that going to ensure a bright future for your TTT in$TTTiTTTuTTTion?!
Ranking: According to US “News” & World Report, Gonzaga Univer$iTTTy Sewer of Law is rated as the 110th greatest, most phenomenal, and amazing law school in the entire land. What a tremendous accomplishment!
Average Law School Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Gonzaga Univer$iTTTy JD Class of 2014 who incurred debt for law school - as $121,281. In fact, 89% of this school’s 2014 cohort took on such foul debt. Keep in mind that this figure does not even include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, Gonzaga Univer$iTTTy Sewer of Law is trying to stay relevant in the law school game. I suppose you can give the cockroaches credit for not admitting mental midgets with 145 LSAT scores and 2.76 undegraduate GPAs. Then again, that is akin to praising a 12 year old for not smearing feces over himself. Dean Jane Korn is merely seeking to put a positive spin on this development. Even if more academic thieves accept the offer, do not expect tuition to drop.
Posted by Nando at 1:05 AM
Monday, November 23, 2015
Tuition: Utah residents were hit with $24,918 in full-time tuition costs for the 2014-2015 school year. Out-of-state, full-time law students were slapped senseless with a tuition bill of $47,290 – for 2014-2015. First-year students also paid a $500 orientation fee. Yes, public schools are so affordable, right?!?! To put those charges into perspective, tuition at Yale Law School – for 2015-2016 – will reach $55,800. If you are not from Utah, why in the hell would you even consider attending such an expensive toilet?
Total Cost of Attendance: Since the state board of regents has not yet established the tuition rates, this is an estimate of 2015-2016 costs. However, you can see that the pigs plans to raise in-state tuition to $25,700 and out-of-state rates to $48,725. The dung heap lists other costs amounting to $20,262 for those living off campus. Books and supplies account for $4,250 and loan fees take up another $630, of this amount. With everything included, the swine list the total cost of attendance as $45,962 for Utah residents and $68,987 for out of state law students.
Remember, ABA-accredited diploma mills base living expenses off of the academic calendar. Since actual law students will require costs over the full year, and not nine months, we will prorate the following items: room and board, travel, and miscellaneous expenses. Doing so, we come up with the following, more accurate total COA – for 2015-2016: $51,089 for in-state law students and $74,117 for non-residents attending something called the S.J Quinney College of Law. Yes, what a bargain for students, huh?!?!
Ranking: Who wouldn’t want to pay such outlandish costs to attend such an elite academic program?!?! According to US “News” & World Report, the Univer$ity of Utah $.J. Quinney Commode of Law is co-rated as the 42nd greatest, most remarkable and amazing law school in the entire damn country! It only shares this distinct honor with three other diploma mills: Arizona, George Mason, and Washington and Lee.
Published Employment “Placement” Statistics: Let’s take a look at the public toilet’s NALP Class of 2014 Summary Report. Since the ABA cockroaches extended the reporting deadlines, these figures pertain to employment within 10 months of graduation. Apparently, there were 123 members of this cohort. Of that amount, 11 were unemployed as of March 15, 2015. That results in a “placement” rate of 91 percent. For $ome rea$on, the bitches and hags – on page two of this PDF – counted the idiot pursuing another degree full-time as “employed.”
Scroll down to the fourth page, to see the Size of Firm for these men and women. Only 49 members of this class – or 39.8% of the group – reported being employed in private law offices. Could you imagine – for one goddamn microsecond - if 39.8 percent of a medical school’s class landed jobs as actual doctors?!?! Those students and grads would raise hell.
Anyway, here is the breakdown for Quinney grads: 10 desperate-ass solo practitioners, 17 dolts working in firms of 1-10 lawyers, nine others employed in offices of 11-25 attorneys, five JDs in firms of 26-50 lawyers, two grads hired by an office with 51-100 attorneys, four in firms with 101-250 lawyers, and two damn graduates employed in offices with 251-500 attorneys. One wonders whether the cesspool counted the solos twice, since there is a category of 1-10 lawyers.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the S.J. Quinney Commode of Law Class of 2014 who incurred debt for law school - as $78,725. Hell, 94% of this school’s 2014 cohort took on such toxic debt. Keep in mind that this figure does not even include undergraduate debt – and it also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.
Seinfeld Would Be Proud: As a student at this excrement pile, you can join the following organizaTTTion:
“Jackie Chiles Law Society
The Jackie Chiles Law Society is dedicated to the examination of how popular culture interacts with the law. The Society meets regularly to discuss how broadcast & print media and the internet affect the American legal system. Recent guest presenters include Patrick Markey, the film producer of A River Runs Through It and The Quick and the Dead, and Sam Lloyd, the actor who plays the attorney “Ted” on the television show Scrubs. The Society also maintains a collection of popular books and movies related to lawyers and the law in the SJQ law library for student use.” [Emphasis in original]
Nothing else quite says “prestige” the way this does, people.
Conclusion: Incurring an additional $85K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a tepid law degree, is not a wise investment. Most college grads have already accrued $25K+ for their BA or BS. Try landing a Biglaw job, with a JD from the University of Utah. By now, you are aware of the bimodal distribution of salaries in the U.S. lawyer field. If you are not, then you are too damn dumb to be a successful attorney. Simply put, if you are not earning $160K as a lawyer, then you are looking at earning $35K-$55K per year coming out of law school. Good luck securing a mythical legal position, with an annual salary of $75K in Utah or anywhere else.
Notice that 10 desperate fools started their own law offices – as solo practitioners. The local job market for lawyers is GLUTTED. This is also true to a lesser extent for doctors and dentists as well. Mormons stress the importance of “higher education” – and attractive LDS women expect to marry a professional who makes good money and can financially support a home with several children. Trying to enter such a market – with no experience, capital, or actual skills – is the equivalent of a novice entering a chess tournament filled with grandmasters. The results will be ugly. At least, such a fool is only out his entry fee and some other incidentals.
Posted by Nando at 1:21 AM
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Strong Correlation: Southern Illinois University Sewer of Law Sees a Drop in Bar Passage Rate, After the Pigs Admitted More Imbeciles
Take Note, “Legal Educators”: On November 17, 2015, ATL published a Kyle McEntee piece that was labeled “One Law School’s Change in Fortune.” He uses a professional tone, while he rips the commode to shreds:
“The New York Times chose to highlight Southern Illinois University when it reported on our investigation late last month. I objected to the focus on SIU because it had relatively affordable tuition, above-average job rates, and a very high bar passage rate in 2013. With many more egregious examples to choose from, I didn’t think SIU merited special attention. Still, July 2015 bar exam outcomes drive home why SIU found its way into our report in the first place, and why high bar pass rates from even a couple of years ago can be very deceiving to prospective students. It also demonstrates that even respectable state schools are not immune to the pressures that have driven so many law schools to admit far too many at-risk students.
Between 2010 and 2014, as with many law schools, the school’s admissions profile changed drastically. The school earned an “extreme risk” label for its 2014 entering class based on a bottom quartile LSAT score of 144 (22.9 percentile). The chart below plots SIU’s LSAT numbers for each of the last five entering classes for which we have data. The 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile LSAT scores are plotted on top of the national LSAT distribution curve. From this you can see that the school’s 75th percentile in 2014 was its 25th percentile in 2010.
In other words, SIU’s weakest students five years ago would now be at or near the top of SIU’s talent pool.” [Emphasis mine]
What could possibly go wrong with this $TTTraTTTegy?!?!
“SIU had strong job outcomes at a relatively affordable price for in-state students starting in 2010 and 2011. Overall, those entering classes only lost 2-3% of students to involuntary academic attrition. In July 2013 and July 2014, the remaining students achieved a first-time July passage rate of 91.3% and 86.7% in Illinois, respectively.
However, the story starts to change with the class enrolled in 2012. First, the school’s risk profile at each quartile increased by one level. The 25th percentile went from modest to high; 50th percentile from low to modest; and the 75th percentile from minimal to low. Second, involuntary academic attrition increased to 6.3%.
Despite increased attrition, the school’s July 2015 bar passage rate was 67% in Illinois. This is likely just the beginning of the downward trend for SIU.
For the entering class in 2013 (July 2016 bar exam), SIU’s LSAT scores continued to drop across the board, moving from the top of the band to the bottom of the band at each of the three quartiles. Oddly, the school failed out a quarter as many 1Ls from this class as compared to the previous class.
In 2014 each quartile increased at least one additional risk level. The bottom quartile went from high risk to extreme risk. Whether the school failed students out at a higher or lower rate is not yet known.” [Emphasis mine]
Seriously, who the hell could have seen that admitting dunces would subsequently lead to lower bar passage rates?!?! Simply put, garbage in equals garbage out. If you admit waterheads with weak-ass academic credentials and poor LSAT scores, these dolts are not suddenly going to become brilliant minds – especially when they are enrolled in a THIRD TIER COMMODE. Yes, according to US “News” & World Report, $ouTTThern Illinoi$ Univer$iTTTy Sewer of Law is rated as the co-149th greatest, most mesmerizing and fantastic law school in the entire damn country! What an impressive achievement, huh?!?!
Prior Coverage of the Toilet: The New York Times featured an Elizabeth Olson article entitled “Study Cites Lower Standards in Law School Admissions” – on October 26, 2015. Check out the following portion:
“The steady erosion in admissions scores between 2010 and 2014, Mr. McEntee, said in his study, is “directly linked to the falling bar exam passage rates in many states.”
One school the study deems as having too many students at high risk is Southern Illinois University School of Law, in Carbondale, Ill. The school, which largely draws its students from Kentucky and Missouri, as well as Illinois, slimmed down its class size to 121 students, from 144 students in 2010. In the last five years, its median law school admissions test score also dropped — to 149 from 153, according to figures it provided to accreditors.
“Our experience has been that someone with a 147 score could pass the bar and someone else with 160 could fail, so we don’t think that there is necessarily a relationship between the test and people’s ability to pass the bar,” said Christopher Behan, the school’s associate dean.
Since 2010, Southern Illinois’s bar passage rate also fell 5 percentage points, to 85.54 percent, according to the school’s figures. To help students pass the bar, the school offers a free summer bar preparation course as well as a separate course in the spring. It also added another bar preparation course during the current fall semester.” [Emphasis mine]
Pig Behan will do and say anything, in order to keep the gravy train rolling along. He is no different from associate deans at other diploma mills. None of them have any integrity. If the cesspool starts admitting dummies with 143 LSAT scores, he will state that these men and women are going to be extra motivated to crush the bar exam.
Conclusion: In a just world, student loans would not be extended to idiots majoring in Film Studies or Political “Science” – or to morons who cannot exceed 150 on the damn LSAT. Then again, the entire “higher education” indu$try is dependent on this financing scheme. Don’t expect the parasites to increase their admissions standards, either. The swine will not leave student loan dollars on the table.
Posted by Nando at 5:29 AM
Sunday, November 15, 2015
More Bacon Served: On November 12, 2015, the American Lawyer published a Matt Leichter article that was entitled “Is Washington Finally Tired of Welfare for Law Schools?” He comes out swinging!
“Just as the academic year geared up this fall, both The Washington Post and The New York Times ran editorials sharply attacking the generous federal lending programs that law students depend on. The pieces came just months after an ABA task force charged with finding solutions to excessive law school debt issued its final report and recommendations. The report was a huge disappointment: Instead of calling for lending reforms, the task force trivialized the problem, pointing to income-based repayment plans and claiming that underemployed, indebted law school debtors would find highly paid work at an unspecified future date.
The Post and the Times weren't impressed either.
The Post's Charles Lane appropriately characterized the Grad PLUS Loan Program, which provides essentially unrestricted lending to graduate and professional students, as a "de facto bailout" for law schools. The schools capture the increased lending to law students and then perversely pass it back to them as higher tuition charges. Consequently, efforts to make legal education cheaper backfire, turning the federal loan program on its head. Eventually the government will write down the loans for what it intended to be a deficit reduction program.
The Times' editorial board struck with even more venom, calling the six for-profit law schools "scams" and accusing nonprofit and public schools of similar behavior. The culprits: warped incentives and unchecked Grad PLUS loans. The Times' solutions were to either extend to all law schools the gainful employment rule—which limits student loans based on graduate employment rates—or to cap the funding to graduate students. At the same time, the paper argued for diverting the money flowing to law schools to legal aid for the poor.
The drumbeat of editorials criticizing law schools and the ABA is not new, but the response from lawmakers, especially to the Times article, may signal a future shift in how the government lends to law students. Notably, senators from both parties are raising concerns. In a statement, Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) related conversations that he had with university presidents, who told him that they charge so much for law school because they can. They allegedly told him, "The students are applying, and they'll pay whatever we tell them." In a separate statement, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) remarked that federal lending puts law graduates in a position in which they might default on their loans, causing losses for taxpayers.” [Emphasis mine]
The law school cockroaches DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about their students or recent graduates. They care even less about the taxpayers. After all, they need those dupes to finance their overpaid, underworked carcasses. Scroll down two paragraphs to find this gem:
“In fact, most law graduates do not earn enough to cover their interest payments. With the advent of generous repayment terms, the default rate no longer matters, especially for law students. All law schools need to do is ensure that their graduates sign on to such plans, and effective defaults disappear.
Secondly, defenders of the current system misunderstand the income dilemma facing student borrowers. What is important is not people's incomes at a given amount of debt; rather it is people's debts at a given income. In other words, someone who only earns $20,000 per year will struggle to pay down her debt, whether it is $50,000 or $150,000. Indeed, the Government Accountability Office discovered that 70 percent of 1.46 million borrowers on the original income-based repayment plan make $20,000 or less. Only 2 percent make $80,000 or more. According to available information on law-graduate employment outcomes, higher debts do not correspond to higher incomes.” [Emphasis mine]
There are PLENTY of mental midgets and waterheads in this country who individually owe in excess of $200K, for a garbage law degree. If you think that paying $40K each year to attend a TTTT is a smart investment, then you do not have the intelligence required to operate a washing machine.
Other Coverage: Back on August 26, 2015, Charles Lane wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post, under the headline “How student loans help keep expensive schools in business.” Read the following portion:
“Nowhere has Grad PLUS had a greater impact than in the nation’s law schools. Law-student indebtedness grew from an average of $66,000 for public institutions in the 2005 academic year to $88,000 in 2012, according to a recent American Bar Association (ABA) task force report. The figures for private law schools were $102,000 in 2005 and $127,000 in 2012. More than half of law students use Grad PLUS.
These resources are flowing to institutions whose business model is geared to a bygone era. For the past quarter-century or so, law schools added expensive buildings and faculty to enhance their rankings — believing, correctly, that students would pay ever-increasing tuition for top-rated schools because a JD was the ticket to a high-paying career.
Then demand for lawyers collapsed, because of the “Great Recession” and structural changes in big-firm practice. Only about 60 percent of the Class of 2013’s law degrees landed immediate employment. The value of a law degree has plunged, and with it, law school enrollment.
The logical response would be a full-scale restructuring of legal academia, including pay trims or layoffs for the lawyers who teach and administer law schools, and whose salaries, generally well above the median national income, account for about a third of law-school overhead, according to the ABA.
Instead, the flow of easy taxpayer-backed loan money through Grad PLUS operated as a de facto bailout, enabling many law schools to maintain capacity and delay reforms, or settle for modest ones, while continuing to charge more or less the same high tuition.
In other words, much of the subsidy represented by Grad PLUS loans is getting captured by those who operate the schools, not those who attend them.” [Emphasis mine]
Frankly, “higher education” has been run for the benefit of administrators and faculty, for decades. It is more pronounced in law school. However, greed and graft permeate all of academia.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school swine will not sit back and watch GRAD Plus or IBR be scaled back, even though that is the just course of action. The rodents care only about themselves. They don’t want students relying on private lenders, since this might cause even more lemmings to reconsider obtaining a “legal education.” The bitches and hags will do and say anything in order to keep the gravy train rolling along.
Posted by Nando at 5:59 AM
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin Call Out the Law School Pigs for Their Collective Greed in Issuing Worthless-Ass Law Degrees to Morons
Bloomberg Reports: On October 30, 2015, BloombergBusiness published a Natalie Kitroeff piece that was entitled “Senators Take On Law Schools for Failing Students.” Check out this opening:
“Law schools just made some new enemies. This week, lawmakers from both parties sharply criticized U.S. law schools for leaving students with overwhelming debt and degrees that may not get them jobs.
“We need to move away from a system that results in too many law school graduates twisting in the wind,” said Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in an e-mailed statement. Putting law graduates in a position from which they might default on federal loans “isn’t good for the graduates, and it isn’t good for the taxpayers,” he added.
Grassley said he was “troubled” by problems illustrated in a new report by Law School Transparency, an advocacy group. The report highlighted the large numbers of under-prepared students being accepted into law schools. Test scores have declined for the lowest-achieving students since 2010 at the majority of law schools. Padding classes with underqualified students, the report said, is “leaving thousands deep in debt with few prospects for employment that will enable them to pay off their debt.” [Emphasis mine]
It’s funny how the author stated that the law school swine made some new enemies. The article then continued:
“Bar exam pass rates have fallen precipitously for the second year in a row. During the summer, scores on the standardized portion of the bar exam hit their lowest point since 1988.
On Monday, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) blamed the government’s generous loan programs for encouraging troubled law schools to hike prices. In 2006, Congress made new federal loans available to graduate students, allowing them to take out as much debt as they want in order to finance their education.
“Now that we’ve taken the cap off what you can borrow for graduate courses, they have decided they are going to just charge to the heavens in terms of tuition for worthless, worthless law school degrees” said Durbin, at a Congressional meeting on student debt this week, referring to for-profit law schools.
By 2013, the sticker price at private law schools had shot up to nearly $42,000, from $25,600 in 2003. The typical law graduate held $118,600 in debt, according to Law School Transparency.
“When I ask the presidents of universities ‘Why do you charge so much to go to law school?’ they say ‘Because we can; the students are applying and they’ll pay whatever we tell them,’” Durbin said.” [Emphasis mine]
As you can see, the pieces of trash only care about one thing – student loan money! They don’t care how many young people are financially raped, in the process.
Other Coverage: On October 30, 2015, JDU accountholder “bobm” started a thread labeled “Senators Are Tired Of Law Students Flushing Loan Dollars Down The Toilet For ‘Worthless’ Degrees.” Here are some of the gems from commenters. On the same day as the original post, at 1:04 pm, “6figuremistake” wrote the following remarks:
“This is very [welcome] news. My only concern is that the focus is only going to be on for profit schools. Sure, these schools should be the first to go, but the "not for profit" shield has served equally scammy schools well in the past.
I'm afraid that this designation gives them too much cache with their friends in Congress and elsewhere. It's easy to go after some law school in an office park with no academic pedigree. It's much harder to do so when the school is attached to a well regarded center for higher education in your state.
Of course, the "not for profit" escape hatch is deceptive. The deans, professors, and administrative sinecures are profiting nicely. It's just that after all the hefty salaries are paid, whatever residuals exist aren't being distributed to a class of shareholders.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, the cockroaches take full advantage of their “non-profit” status. Of course, this is merely a political designation/legal fiction created for the purpose of avoiding taxes. How the hell can in$titution$ of “higher learning” have billion dollar endowments and still be considered not for profit?!?! That’s the equivalent of a busted up old prostitute claiming to be a virgin.
Several commenters pointed out that these $enator$ will likely not do anything substantive to solve this problem. At most, they may hold a pointless-ass hearing – and perhaps issue a long-winded report 10 months later. However, it is nice to see a member of the U.S. $enate refer to “worthless” law degrees. Does that penetrate your tiny gray matter, Lemming?!?! On October 30, 2015 7:54 pm, “irishlaw” supplied this view:
“This won't go anywhere at the moment. The day this goes public every trash law school will frame the issue as, "But this is the only way little Jemol from Compton can get an education, the big bad racists standardized LSAT keeps little poor minorities from achieving their dreams of law school, and our society benefits only if these little poor minorities can get a J.D."
For $ome rea$on, the faux liberal academic scum don’t mention that admitting Tyrese or DeAndre, armed with 148 LSAT scores, into a fourth tier dung heap – and strapping them down with outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – will almost certainly lead to financial ruin for these students. Then again, that is someone else’s problem, right?!?! Yes, these “educators” are real beacons of integrity!
Conclusion: Do not expect the cockroaches in Congre$$ to do anything to solve this problem. This is mere posturing, i.e. it is designed to give taxpayers and students the idea that these rodents will do something that will benefit them and not the schools. These 535 “representatives” are too busy performing fellatio on their corporate owners to give a damn about young people with no connections or wealth. At least, now those idiots still considering law school will see an article from a reputable news source, in which a standing U.S. $enator alluded to garbage law degrees. That might cause these dolts to pause, before pissing away their future on a JD from Touro or TJ$L.
Posted by Nando at 4:45 AM
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Falling $tandard$: On October 29, 2015, Slate published a Jordan Weissmann piece that was entitled “Desperate Law Schools Are Admitting Too Many Poorly Qualified Students.” Look at the following segment:
“As their application numbers collapsed in recent years, a good number of law schools were forced to choose between their academic standards and their finances. With fewer qualified candidates to go around, some decided to shrink their enrollment numbers and forgo a bit of revenue rather than drastically relax their admission criteria. But many others took the path of least resistance, opening their doors to poorly qualified students willing to pay tuition.
As a result, a depressing number of law schools are now filled with students who may simply not belong there. According to a new study released this week by the advocacy group Law School Transparency, there were 37 institutions last year where at least half of all new students scored below a 150 on the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT, up from just nine such schools in 2010. Why is that significant? The group argues that students who fail to break the 150 mark face a "serious risk" of eventually failing their state bar exam once they graduate, which would leave them unable to actually practice law.
To put this in perspective, there are only 203 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association. That means nearly 1 in 5 are now admitting classes that are half made up of at-risk students. At 74 schools, meanwhile, at least a quarter of new students failed to clear a 150 on their LSAT.
"We are not aware of a time when so many law schools had something like an open enrollment policy," the report states, noting that 4 out of 5 people who applied to law school last year were admitted by at least one. "To a real extent, we're in uncharted territory."
Under ABA rules, law schools have a responsibility to admit students who stand a chance of one day passing the bar, because the vast majority of states require them to do so in order to become licensed lawyers. The problem is that, while research suggests that students with lower LSAT scores are more likely to fail the bar, there's no real consensus in the legal academy about how low is too low on the entrance exam.” [Emphasis mine]
Imagine if U.S. medical schools admitted applicants with such weak-ass scores on the MCAT. You wouldn’t feel safe to go in for an annual physical, let alone for something more serious. Then again, that is a real profession that cares about its reputation and that of its collective practitioners.
According to this chart from Cambridge LSAT, a result of 150 on the entrance exam would have given one a percentile score of 44.2 – from 2011-2014. Yes, that is super impressive, huh?!?! Of course, the law school swine don’t lose a wink of sleep over their pathetic admi$$ion$ “standards.” These academic thieves are not the least bit concerned that MANY of their grads will be FINANCIALLY CRUSHED, due to their decision to obtain a “legal education.” After all, those JDs can do other things with their TTT degrees, right?!?!
Other Coverage: Above the Law featured an entry from Kyle McEntee, which was labeled “Bar Exam Failure Rates: The Worst Is Yet to Come” – on November 3, 2015. Check out this portion of his conclusion:
“Roughly speaking, if a school achieved a 75% bar passage rate with a 25th percentile LSAT score in the modest risk band, then we reasonably believe its bar passage rate will decline when its 25th percentile LSAT score drops to the high risk, very high risk, or extreme risk band.
When contemplating schools with concerning admissions and retention policies, we’re not talking students who have achieved average scores. At least 25% of students at 48 schools in 2014 were in the bottom third of the LSAT distribution. These schools did not mitigate risk with higher undergraduate GPAs or drastically higher attrition. Moreover, we’re dealing with large populations, not individuals. Some people will succeed despite long odds, but the data do not support using tuition from thousands of students to support those success stories, nor to subsidize lower prices for those who are more likely to pass the bar.
Above the Law has been among the media chorus reporting that 2015 passage rates fell from already-lower 2014 rates. These students started in 2012, before schools made the deepest cuts. The chart below compares schools’ 25th percentile LSAT scores in 2012 (2015 bar exam) and 2014 (2017 bar exam). Black lines indicate a fall from 2012; green lines indicate an increase from 2012.
In other words, the worst is yet to come.” [Emphasis mine]
“Law professors” love to declare that all lawyers suck at math. However, anyone with an IQ above room temperature can follow this pattern. Look for the law school cockroaches to continue to blame mean state bar examiners for making the exam too difficult for their dumb graduates.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school pigs do not give a single, solitary damn about their students or recent grads. They do not care about their futures, their families, their spouses or their financial well being. They simply don’t give a damn about them! They are only concerned about one thing: exploiting these students’ idealism or desire to make good money in a professional career. The rodents need to get enough idiots to sign on the dotted line and enroll in their diploma mills. Try not to be too stupid, Lemming. You will not be served well by incurring an additional $140K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a chance to enter a GLUTTED, shrinking “profession.”
Posted by Nando at 4:39 AM
Sunday, November 1, 2015
The Foreseeable Happened: New York Bar Passage Rate Plunges to Historic Low, Thanks to Lower Law School Admissions Standards
Falling Rates!: On October 27, 2015, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog published a Jacob Gershman article that was entitled “New York Bar Exam Pass Rate Hits Historic Low.” Check out this lovely opening:
“New York just released the results of the July state bar exam, and they’re not pretty.
The passage rate for graduates of ABA-accredited schools who took the test for the first time was 79%, the lowest figure since at least 2004. That’s four percentage points below the July 2014 rate, and it’s more than an 11 percentage-point drop-off from 2008 when 90.5% of candidates in that grouping passed the exam.
The results out of New York, the state with the largest population of lawyers, follow an emerging national pattern and are certain to fuel debate in the legal and academic communities about whether law schools are setting admissions standards too low.
New York’s overall passage rate, including foreign-educated graduates, was 61%, according to the New York State Board of Law Examiners, which released the data Tuesday. That figure is the lowest recorded in the state in at least 35 years, according to the board.
The pool of ABA school candidates was also the smallest in at least a decade, dipping to 6,535. At the same time, the number of foreign-educated test-takers hit a record high of 3,154, according to the state body.
More than 30 states have released their July bar exam results and about two-thirds of them reported declines in passage-rates for would-be lawyers, according to Excess of Democracy, a blog run by Pepperdine University Law School professor Derek T. Muller.” [Emphasis mine]
This is what happens when ABA-accredited commodes start admitting and enrolling waterheads and mental midgets, in order to keep the gravy train of federal student loans rolling along. Congratulations, law school pigs. Your mothers must be exceptionally proud.
Other Coverage: The New York Times Dealbook featured an Elizabeth Olson piece, under the headline “Study Cites Lower Standards in Law School Admissions” – on October 26, 2015. Enjoy the following segment:
"As law schools across the country try to keep their classrooms full, many are admitting students with lesser qualifications, including those with a lower admissions test score — considered an important predictor of whether a graduate will earn the credentials to practice law.
About a third of the 204 accredited law schools had entering classes last year with at least 25 percent of the class consisting of “at risk” students, or those with law school admissions test scores of below 150, according to a new study by Law School Transparency, a nonprofit advocacy organization.
Law school admissions scores closely mirror the final results of the state bar exams, which graduates must pass to qualify as licensed lawyers. Many in legal education consider a score of 150 as a telling dividing line between future success or failure.
“Too many law schools are filling their entering classes with people who face serious risk of not passing the bar exam,” said Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency, which he helped to found six years ago to promote more open law school practices. He said that last year 45 schools, up from eight in 2010, admitted seriously at-risk students.
Most law schools maintain that test scores are only one indicator, albeit an important one, of the ability to pass the bar. They also say they need flexibility in selecting students to assure a diverse population of lawyers.
Yet many schools are also facing pressure from plummeting enrollments — the lowest in decades. Law school enrollment reached a peak in 2010, as many students fled a troubled economy to the schools’ safe harbor. With a swelling crop of students, bar passage rates soared, but it all began to come apart quickly when jobs in law seemed to melt away overnight as the industry adjusted to a changed economy.” [Emphasis mine]
Of course, the law school swine will refer to these at-risk victims as “under-represented minorities” or low income applicants “deserving of a chance to enter the profession.” For $ome rea$on, these pieces of garbage do not give a second thought to financially ruining these unconnected men and women. These “educators” are such beacons of integrity, right?!?!
On October 27, 2015, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “New York Bar Exam Results Reveal Worst Pass Rates In More Than A Decade.” After further documenting the big-ass drop in the bar passage rate, while seeing fewer candidates, the author address the root cause:
“What is to be done about this problem? There’s a relatively simple solution that no one will pursue because money matters above all else in this world. Law schools need to stop scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to admitting students to fill their otherwise empty seats. Admission standards must be raised to end this misery.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again because it really bears repeating: “Until law schools realize they’re doing a disservice to everyone — their students, their graduates, and their graduates’ future clients — things will only continue to get worse.” [Emphasis mine]
These academic pigs DO NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN about their students or recent graduates! Based on that fact, you can only imagine what they think of the taxpayers and potential legal clients.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the bitches and hags do not lose one wink of sleep at night, knowing that legions of their recent graduates cannot find decent jobs – or that they are consigned to financial hell. After all, the cockroaches merely provide an “education.” Plus, living with mountains of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt is someone else’s problem. However, the sick whores feign concern that the bar exam is becoming too difficult – because they know that low passage rates make the schools look weak, which might further impact future enrollment.
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