Monday, September 14, 2015
First Tier Cesspit: Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Tuition: Arizona residents attending this school on a full-time basis will be charged $27,074 in tuition, for the current academic year. Full-time, out of state law students will face a tuition bill of $42,794 – for the same school year. The school makes the following statement regarding its rates:
“The overall cost of attending ASU Law is among the lowest of all American Bar Association accredited law schools. The tuition and fee estimates below assume full-time enrollment (12+ semester hours per semester) for the entire academic year.”
Total Cost of Attendance: Based on the same page, the total, annual COA figures stand at $48,462 and $64,182, respectively for in-state and non-resident, full-time law students. Yes, that is one hell of a bargain, huh?!?! Books and supplies account for $1,888 of that amount. Loans fees add another $102 to the tab.
Keep in mind that ABA diploma mills base their living cost estimates on a nine month school year. Since actual students will incur these expenses over the entire calendar year, we will prorate the following items: room, board, personal costs, and transportation. Doing so, we reach a more accurate, total COA of $54,928 for Arizona residents and $70,648 for non-residents – for the 2015-2016 school year. Who wouldn’t want to shell out such large sums of money, in order to attend this place?!?!
Ranking: According to US “News” & World Report, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor Commode of Law is rated as the 26th greatest, most remarkable and amazing law school in the entire nation. Miraculously, it only shares this distinction with one other institution, Boston University.
Employment Placement Statistics: Let’s take a look at the toilet’s Employment Summary for 2014 Graduates. This school does feature a strong employment “placement” rate of 96.4 percent, i.e. 190/197. Then again, students outside the top decile at most schools typically hustle to land interviews and jobs. Of course, the school also hired a total of eight graduates in law school or university funded positions. Otherwise, the employment rate would have been 92.4%, i.e. 182/197.
Under Employment Type, you will notice that 88 members of the 26th best law school in the country reported being hired by private law firms. This figure includes five desperate solo practitioners and 37 working in offices of 2-10 lawyers. In fact, only 17 graduates – from the Class of 2014 – landed employment in law firms of more than 250 attorneys. In sum, a member of this ASU cohort had a roughly 8.6 percent chance to be hired by Biglaw, i.e. 17/198. Now, imagine the odds facing TTT grads.
Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Arizona $tate Univer$ity JD Class of 2014 who incurred debt for law school - as $97,431. Interestingly, only 69% of this school’s 2014 cohort took on such toxic debt. Don’t forget that this amount does not even include undergraduate debt – and also does not take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.
ASU COL Welcomes Its Largest First Year Class Ever: On September 10, 2015, the univer$ity issued a press release labeled “ASU law school welcomes largest class in school history.” Read the following portion:
“Douglas Sylvester, dean of Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, welcomed 316 new students at the school's orientation this semester: 217 first-year juris doctorates, 8 advanced standing juris doctorates, 11 master of law students, 26 master of sports law and business students, and 54 master of legal studies students with a focus on patent practice, international law and sustainability law, to name just a few.
The class size reflects a substantial growth in master’s level degrees, particularly in sports law and business, and a large entering juris doctorate class. ASU Law experienced growth in juris doctorate applications in 2015, and the yield rate on all offers of admission nearly doubled over prior years.” [Emphasis mine]
Who in their right mind decides to earn a Master of Sports Law or a Master of Legal Studies with a focus in something called Sustainability Law?! Do these applicants believe that they are a degree away from becoming big-time sports agents and landing lucrative NBA and NFL clients? Furthermore, will these future masters of the universe also be environmentally aware? Anyway, the pigs are happy to offer such garbage and to accept student loans for these courses.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, Arizona $tate Univer$ity $andra Day O’Connor College of Law is ranked as the 26th best law school in the U.S., and the job prospects for Biglaw appear tepid. The average law student from the 2014 cohort took on an additional $97,431 in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for their JD. Many of them will struggle mightily to pay back their student loans. This is from a school with a good reputation! As many have noted over the years, if you do not gain admission to a truly elite law school, then you are rolling the dice with your future.
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