Sunday, February 15, 2015
Toilet Merger: William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law to Join Third Tier Forces
One Down: On February 13, 2014, the Star Tribune published a piece from reporter Maura Lerner, under the banner headline “Hamline, William Mitchell law schools to merge.” Check out this epic opening:
“With enrollment in a free-fall nationally, some predicted it was just a matter of time before some American law schools started disappearing.
Now, Minnesota is dropping from four to three. On Friday, Hamline University and William Mitchell College of Law announced that they are merging their law schools, which have been rivals for four decades.
The surprise announcement comes at a time when law schools throughout the country are struggling to fill their seats, and first-year enrollment has dropped to a 40-year low. This would be the first merger of two law schools in memory, according to a spokesman for the American Bar Association, which accredits law schools.
The new combined school will be called the Mitchell|Hamline School of Law, and will be located mainly on Mitchell’s campus in St. Paul. It will be headed by Mitchell’s new dean, Mark Gordon, who was appointed just last month.
“What this is going to do is give the combined law school a sufficient size to be able to offer a truly robust program of legal education,” said Eric Janus, who is stepping down as Mitchell’s dean this summer. He said the newly combined school will have about 900 students. As of last year, Hamline had 439 students and Mitchell had 809.
Jean Holloway, who was named Hamline’s first female law school dean in December 2013, declined to say if she’ll remain at the new school. “It remains to be seen,” she said.
Janus acknowledged that combining the two schools will result in some cuts in faculty and staff. But he declined to speculate how many jobs may be lost and said he hoped to avoid layoffs through voluntary attrition. Mitchell has the equivalent of 35 full-time faculty members and Hamline has 26, according to school officials.” [Emphasis mine]
This is a watershed moment in U.S. “legal education.” I am glad to see that more “law professors” – including a recently installed dean – will be tossed in the trash, where they belong. Now these bitches and hags get to prove whether they could indeed land a job that pays much higher than a teaching position! At least, there will be fewer parasites on campus.
Other Coverage: On February 13, 2015, Twin Cities Pioneer Press posted a Josh Verges article labeled “Hamline, William Mitchell law schools to merge.” Look at this portion:
“After four straight years of steep enrollment declines, St. Paul's two law schools have agreed to become one.
The William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law on Friday announced an agreement on a long-rumored merger -- the Mitchell-Hamline School of Law.
The law school will exist primarily on the Mitchell campus, but some classes will be held at Hamline.
"It's a bold move, for sure, and probably long overdue," said Richard Kyle, president of the Minnesota State Bar Association and a Mitchell graduate.
Law school enrollment in Minnesota and nationally has been in a tailspin. Anxiety over student loan debt is high, and job prospects for new lawyers have been slim since the Great Recession.
Since peaking in 2010, first-year law school enrollment has fallen 28 percent across the country to its lowest point since 1973, the American Bar Association reported.
At Hamline and Mitchell, first-year enrollment has dropped 56 percent in the past four years -- from a combined 584 to 259 this fall.” [Emphasis mine]
Now, scroll down to the end of the page, and review this info:
“BY THE NUMBERS
- On U.S. News and World Report's latest annual ranking of 194 U.S. law schools, Hamline placed 121st and William Mitchell 135th. The University of Minnesota placed 20th and the University of St. Thomas 129th.
- According to their most recent tax filings, William Mitchell lost nearly $1.6 million on $35 million in revenues in 2012-13, while Hamline made about $800,000 on revenue of about $122 million. An official for William Mitchell notes their loss was due to a one-time expense. During the fiscal years ending in 2011 and 2012, William Mitchell reported surpluses of $3.7 million and $2.9 million, respectively.” [Emphasis mine]
Clearly, these two steaming piles of waste didn’t merge because they were both in such extraordinary financial shape. Now that law school applicants are somewhat approaching “sophisticated consumer” status, fewer are applying to, and enrolling in, ABA-accredited toilets.
Conclusion: Good riddance to the third tier commode known as Hamline University Sewer of Law! On a side note, the former “director” of my toilet’s CDO was a Hamline JD. It has taken a lot of concerted effort – from many dedicated individuals – to reach this point. Let’s see how many other dung heaps and trash pits follow in these TTT footsteps. To those who have helped expose the law school scam, thank you. This is a great day, and you should to reflect on and enjoy your contribution to saving young people from financial hell.
Posted by Nando at 5:36 AM