Thursday, June 2, 2016
Second Tier Sewer St. Louis University School of Law Reinvents Itself Amid Shrinking Enrollment
Sewer Rises: On May 31, 2016, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published reporter Koran Addo’s piece, “SLU law school redefines itself.” Look at this opening:
“Three years ago, St. Louis University’s law school found itself in crisis at the exact time it was trying to pull off a major relocation to a new building downtown.
Then-university President Lawrence Biondi was openly feuding with Dean Annette Clark. Her anger at being left out of big decisions, including the law school move, led to her abrupt resignation a month before the relocation.
The plan to replace her on an interim basis with brash personal injury attorney Tom Keefe lasted just six months before he quit after provoking an uproar on campus over a series of comments even he described as “politically incorrect.”
On top of those personnel issues, there was uncertainty over whether the move made sense financially and how it might affect students. Not to mention the move came as law schools around the country were starting to see significant declines in the number of students pursuing legal degrees.
Among American Bar Association-approved schools, law school enrollment dropped to 119,775 students in 2014 from a historic high of 147,525 in 2010.
Three years after moving downtown, people in the know say SLU’s law school is a different institution than the one formerly housed on the Midtown campus.
It has quietly reduced staff and bought out faculty members as the number of students has declined to 502 in 2015 from 954 in 2010.
But unlike other higher education institutions where a similar loss of students would almost certainly spell disaster, people inside and outside of SLU’s law school say that, at worst, the school has stabilized itself.” [Emphasis mine]
That was perfect timing to move into a donated building in downtown St. Louis! Now, scroll down to this conclusion:
“SLU law school spokeswoman Jessica Ciccone says that in response, law schools are competing for a smaller pool of students, and consequently are offering more scholarship money to the students who apply.
SLU law professor Sidney Watson was a part of the faculty group that helped with the consulting and reorganization.
Finding the right balance of students, and then offering them enough financial support to finish, is a noble strategy, she said.
“It’s what the Jesuits would do,” she said.
Several others pointed out that the market is shifting in favor of students.
“This is the perfect time to go to law school,” SLU law professor John Ammann said. “There are fewer people applying and there is more scholarship money available.” [Emphasis mine]
Did those “law professors” provide details as to how to the legal job market is starting to favor students? Or did the cockroaches merely rehash old filth, such as “Older lawyers are going to retire in waves”?!
Tuition: As you will see the commode charges $38,750 in tuition for full-time law students, for the 2015-2016 school year. Yes, what a bargain for the students. Apparently, the Jesuits have no compunction about charging exhorbitant rates for young people trying to obtain a “legal education.” Then again, it always comes down to money.
Average Law School Indebtedness: According to USN&WR, the average indebtedness figure for the SLU JD class of 2015 who incurred debt for law school was $113,070. Hell, 82% of this class took out student loans to attend this second tier cesspit. Remember that these figures do not take interest that accrues while the student is enrolled into account.
Ranking: Based on the shiny building and cost, this school must have an outstanding reputation in the legal and academic community, right?!?! Well, US “News” & World Report rates $TT. Loui$ Univer$iTTy Sewer of Law as the 82nd greatest, most magnificent and sensational law school in the United States. It shares this distinction with LSU, Northeastern, and University of New Hampshire. Wow, only 81 law schools in the country are ranked higher!
Conclusion: In the final analysis, $TT. Loui$ Univer$iTTy Sewer of Law is not going to provide you with even an unrealistic shot at Biglaw. Yet, it will lead to most students taking on outrageous sums of loans – for a chance to enter this GLUTTED “profession.” Perhaps the toilet is offering more tuition discounts, i.e. scholarships, to admitted students. However, these men and women are looking at taking out an additional $110K-$160K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for law school. Working at legal aid for $36K a year isn’t going to help you repay your loans – and put food in your fridge or a roof over your head.
Posted by Nando at 4:38 AM