Thursday, June 25, 2015
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University Seeks to Game the Employment Placement Numbers
The Dung Heap’s “Jobs Program”: On June 24, 2015, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “This Is How One Law School Is Trying To Game Its Job Statistics.” Look at the following excerpt:
“[O]ne law school is attempting to get traction for its latest graduate employment program — a program that will fulfill all of the U.S. News requirements for a greater employment-placement weight come rankings time. Before we describe the program, here’s what one of our sources had to say about it:
I thought the legal community would like to know Cardozo’s plans for keeping up its employment numbers. Hopefully, it won’t put the rest of us making a living wage out of work.
Yes, Cardozo Law, a school where students apparently need walking instructions, is rolling out a brand-new jobs program for its unemployed 2015 graduates, and it’s targeting small to mid-size firms in the process. Here’s the school’s email pitch from a career services officer, with a subject line that reads “$38k — Hire a Junior Attorney”:
I want to let you know about a great program that allows small-medium size firms and legal departments hire talented junior attorneys for a one year commitment at a salary of $38,000 (paid by the employer). The Resident Associate Mentor Program (RAMP) allows you to build and grow your practice without taking on a heavy financial burden or making a commitment to an attorney beyond one year. You are also helping a young lawyer embark on their legal career. We are actively recruiting employers to hire 2015 graduates with a start date in August/September. Please get in touch if you are interested in participating or learning more. I am attaching a flyer with additional information.
Leila J. Faridi | Employer Outreach Coordinator
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Cardozo is offering employers the chance to spend their own money to support one of its graduates for at least a year. Yes, friends, for just $104 a day, you can help save Cardozo Law’s employment statistics. Just 56.9 percent of the class of 2014 were employed in full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage was required, but with a program like this, Cardozo could stand to potentially bump that number up to at least 60 percent.” [Emphasis mine]
Now, scroll down to her conclusion:
“The only people who are getting true value out of this program are Cardozo Law’s career services staff members — they won’t have to explain why so many of their graduates aren’t employed as lawyers, and U.S. News will look kindly upon their job statistics.”
This is exactly the point of the RAMP program. Again, the students are a mere means to an end, i.e. big-ass bags of federal student loan dollars.
The Description: The Resident Associate Mentor Program, in the pigs’ own words:
“For Employers, RAMP Provides:
• An opportunity for small- and medium- sized firms and legal departments to employ new lawyers at an affordable cost
• A way to grow their firm or legal department by hiring bright and motivated new lawyers without taking on a financial commitment beyond one year
At the end of one year the legal residency ends, but employers can sign up for another year with a new Resident Associate, or if they wish, they can hire their already-trained associate on terms that work for both parties.
For Recent Graduates, RAMP Provides:
• Fellowship-style jobs, in which they perform the equivalent of associate work for one year
• A chance to build essential practice skills, and to work directly with clients
• An opportunity to be better positioned to make a lateral move with experience, and a great way to launch a permanent career
Salary: $43,000 potential salary, consisting of a guaranteed $38,000 salary with an optional $5,000 increase with bar examination passage or bar admission. The salary is competitive with a fellowship or residency program, making it affordable for RAMP employers to hire new associates when they otherwise would not have done so.
Benefits: A benefits package is not required as a condition to participate in RAMP; however, we strongly urge employers to offer one.” [Emphasis mine]
How lucrative for the grads, right?!?! Way to pimp out your students, cockroaches. For $ome rea$on, the bitches and hags “overlooked” the benefits to the ABA-accredited trash heap, i.e. gaming the employment “placement” statistics. What a noble gesture, huh?!?! By the way, relying on a second tier cesspool’s rankings-gaming effort to “launch a permanent career” is about as smart as having your cat watch your tuna fish sandwich – while you go out and run a few errands. Then again, in the latter scenario, if the animal does the expected, then you are only out some bread and maybe a couple of bucks.
Conclusion: Avoid this filthy pile of excrement at all costs. In the end, the bastards KNOW that they are offering a garbage “education,” which provides their students and graduates with putrid job prospects. Again, who in the hell takes out an average of $121,644 in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a chance to rake in $38K per year in a temporary legal job?!?! Remember, the law school confidence men need easy marks/willing victims, in order to perpetrate the scam.
Posted by Nando at 3:56 AM