Sunday, March 6, 2016
Fourth Tier Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Lowers Admissions Even Further!
No Surprise: On February 18, 2016, the Lansing State Journal published an RJ Wolcott piece, which was entitled “Enrollment up, scores down at Cooley.” Read this opening:
“After five years of declining enrollment, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School brought in more first-year students last year than it did the year before, according to American Bar Association data.
But only by three students.
And halting the slide seems to have come at the expense of selectivity.
Cooley has long been one of the least selective law schools in the country, but the average GPA and LSAT scores of its most recent entering class are the lower than any class at Cooley in at least a decade.
The median GPA and LSAT scores for new Cooley students last year were 2.85 and 141, respectively. Students in the 25th percentile had an average LSAT score of 138. LSAT scores range from 120 to 180. A score of 138 falls in the bottom 11 percent of scores from recent years.
By comparison, Michigan State University Law School's median GPA and LSAT scores last year were 3.46 and 154. At the University of Michigan, they were 3.76 and 168.
Cooley has not lowered its admissions standards, said Jim Robb, associate dean of external affairs.
Students are evaluated using a complex admission formula that weighs an applicant’s LSAT scores and GPA, Robb said. In recent years, the school has placed more value on GPAs.
“The admissions formula (allows us to compare) prior students who’ve entered into the program and their chances of success versus incoming students,” he said.
While Cooley may have reached lower within the acceptable range in recent years, Robb said, admitted students have the potential to succeed in law school and beyond.” [Emphasis mine]
Putting the words Cooley and selectivity in the same sentence is the equivalent of mentioning Madonna and chastity in the same breath. Keep the following in mind: the 25th percentile for the most recent entering class at this commode was 138. Simply put, these jackals are accepting federal student loan money in order to enroll certified morons.
Other Coverage: Paul Caron posted an TaxProf entry labeled “Cooley Craters: Enrollment, Faculty Down 60%, Tuition Up 40%” – on February 19, 2016. Scroll down to the comments section of this article, for some insight into this $iTTTTuaTTTTion. On February 19, 2016 at 1:49:53 pm, “Unemployed Northeastern” pointed out Jim Robb’s blatant lie:
"In recent years, the school has placed more value on GPAs. ..."
Which have also fallen, a remarkable feat in this age of grade inflation. A lot of law schools have had falling LSATs to keep enrollment up. Very few have had the median GPA drop by any measure, let alone by nearly .2 on the 4.0 scale.” [Emphasis mine]
If they are not lying, then it appears that the admi$$ion$ pigs at this notorious toilet also suck at math. A median UGPA of 3.02 in 2011 dropped to 2.85, in 2015. There was also a decrease in undergraduate GPAs in the 25th and 75th percentiles, at TTTT Cooley, over this same period. That is quite an accomplishment, huh?!?!
On February 19, 2016 4:29:43 pm, an anonymous poster furnished the following remarks:
“Wow. O.k., I'm going to give this Robb guy the benefit of the doubt and assume that he concedes that Cooley's numerical admissions standards (both LSAT and GPA) have declined significantly. The numbers are the numbers, and even the slickest snake oil salesman couldn't get around that fact.
Is his argument that the "quality" of student, defined as intangibles other than LSAT/GPA, has not gone down, despite those students comparatively lower numerical credentials?
Are we to understand that Cooley has found some novel way to evaluate students and has concluded that those with lower numbers are equivalent to or better than those in prior years with better numbers, thus Cooley's admissions "standards" have not declined because the quality of the students being admitted now (which stood less chance of being admitted 5 years ago, mind you), are the same or better???
Why the poor bar passage and high attrition, then? Would Cooley care to share its magical assessment formula, and can it truly be said to be working???” [Emphasis mine]
Perhaps, the Cooley cockroaches are giving more weight to the pointless written essay portion, at the end of the LSAT. Hell, maybe the desperate bitches and hags are focusing more on the prospective student essay attached to the application.
Conclusion: In sum, the pigs at We$TTTTern Michigan Univer$iTTTTy TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law Sewer will do and say anything, in order to “justify” their sinking admi$$ion$ “standards.” Street cats who haven’t eaten in two days are more selective than these rodents. As Unemployed Northeastern noted, we are in an age of grade inflation in U.S. colleges and universities. “Higher education” is Big Business in this nation, and “educators” and administrators respond to the demands of their consumers/students. The fact that Cooley is admitting college grads with LOWER undergrad GPAs speaks volumes about this dung heap’s “selectivity.” They CLEARLY DO NOT A DAMN about their students, recent graduates, potential clients, or the “profession.” These thieves don’t even care about the school’s reputation, which is already lower than crocodile piss.
Posted by Nando at 6:44 AM