Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wipe Thoroughly: Which ABA-Accredited Diploma Mills Have the Most Unemployed Graduates?


http://abovethelaw.com/2017/05/the-law-schools-with-the-most-unemployed-graduates-2016/?rf=1

Toilets on Parade: On May 24, 2017, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “The Law Schools With The Most Unemployed Graduates (2016).” Take a look at this straightforward opening:

“How is the employment scene looking for recent law school graduates? We’ll start with the good news: compared to the class of 2015, a larger percentage of 2016 law school graduates were able to find full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage was required (that were not school-funded) within 10 months of receiving their degrees. About 62 percent of 2016 graduates landed these plum jobs, up from 59 percent in 2015. 

Now, for the bad news: the good news we just discussed wasn’t so good after all, as the total number of desirable law jobs recent graduates landed declined by 4 percent since 2015 — that’s 1,033 fewer jobs. The only reason that the overall employment rate increased is because there were 2,860 fewer law school graduates trying to secure jobs. As we mentioned previously, this is the third straight year that the declining number of law graduates has propped up the employment rate while the number of law jobs actually declined.

So, with fewer law school graduates competing for jobs, one would assume (or hope) that would mean that fewer law school graduates were unemployed 10 months after receiving their degrees, right? Wrong. 

Law.com produced several helpful charts based on law school employment data for the class of 2016. Today, we will highlight the most alarming chart of all, the 20 law schools with the highest percentage of unemployed graduates. Here are the top 10 law schools on that chart for your sadistic viewing pleasure: 

1. Charlotte Law: 30.88 percent 
2. Southwestern Law: 28.97 percent 
3. Thomas Jefferson Law: 28.57 percent 
4. Florida Coastal Law: 27.76 percent 
5. Valparaiso Law: 24.38 percent 
6. U. San Diego Law: 24.31 percent 
7. Elon Law: 23.60 percent 
8. LaVerne Law: 23.53 percent 
9. Chapman Law: 23.42 percent 
10. U. Pacific McGeorge Law: 23.02 percent (corrected) That was depressing.” [Emphasis mine]

You will notice that all ten of these trash cans have the following in common: (a) they are private schools; and (b) they are low-ranked landfills. They each offer piss poor employment prospects – even for those who end up in the top 10%-20% of the class. Huge tuition will be rammed down your throat, as a student at any of these “institutions of higher learning.” Still want to sign on the dotted line at any of these piles of excrement, Dumbass?!?! 

http://www.law.com/sites/almstaff/2017/05/16/where-the-law-jobs-are-the-2016-edition/

Charts and Graphs: On May 16, 2017, Law.com featured a Karen Sloan article entitled “Where the Law Jobs Are: The 2016 Edition.” The text was essentially covered by Above the Law in its entirety. 

https://public.tableau.com/profile/publish/ABA-School-Jobs-2016/Story1#!/publish-confirm

Go to the charts and select the entitled “Unemployed.” Here is the next group of ten, foul garbage heaps, as listed by Law.com:

11. University of San Francisco School of Law: 22.86 percent
12. Golden Gate University School of Law: 20.54 percent 
13. University of Oregon School of Law: 20.16 percent 
14. Western Michigan University Cooley Law School: 19.48 percent 
15. Willamette University College of Law: 19.30 percent 
16. DePaul University College of Law: 19.23 percent 
17. Santa Clara University School of Law: 18.60 percent 
18. Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law: 18.45 percent 
19. Barry University School of Law: 17.41% 
20. Liberty University School of Law: 17.24%

That listing only includes one public school. Starting to see a pattern here, genius?!?! Anyone enrolled at any of the 20 piles of waste above is simply too damn dumb to represent other people in legal matters. Would you want any of these clowns to draft a simple will for your grandmother?! Perhaps you would be okay with these dunces filing a small claims action on your behalf. Then again, if you have an Associate’s degree or some common sense, then you are most likely capable of writing it up yourself and presenting your side well in a less formal court setting. Frankly, I wouldn’t trust these idiots to order food for someone else at a restaurant. Hell, I’m not sure I would feel confident letting any of these morons drive me around in a car. 

Conclusion: In the final analysis, if you even consider any of these 20 cesspools, then you deserve your fate. If you end up owing $200K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – and the only job you can land is “sandwich artist” – who cares? You chose to attend a pathetic pile of rot for your “legal education” – and you should have done some basic research, fool! If you bothered to look up job outcomes for these commodes – for more than five minutes – then you decided to ignore the data. Do not try to seek sympathy on this site. The information has been out there for damn near a decade. And best of all, it is free to peruse. Think about that when you are “freelancing” as a dog walker, Bitch. Be nice to the successful people who hire you, and they might tip you. Also, don’t forget to pick up Buddy’s turds either. Hell, those who pay will likely be younger than your ass too, Stupid.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cretins Keep Applying to Law School While Fewer Sudents Overall Seek to Enroll in ABA Diploma Mills


http://abovethelaw.com/2017/06/the-law-school-brain-drain-continues-to-wreak-havoc/?rf=1

Dummies Not Heeding the Message: On June 13, 2017, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Law School Brain Drain Continues To Wreak Havoc.” Here is the full text of her article:

“Hot on the heels of the news thatstudents with terrible LSAT scores are applying to law school in droves comes an update from the Law School Admission Council that there are fewer applicants seeking law school admission for the upcoming academic year. As of June 2, 52,853 applicants sent 343,393 applications to ABA-accredited law schools for the 2017-18 academic year. While applications are up by 1.4 percent, the number of applicants has dropped by 0.5 percent.

As we previously discussed, the number of law school applicants with LSAT scores of less than 150 has increased by 146 percent over the course of the past 10 years. This is distressing for a number of reasons, and Dean Paul Caron of Pepperdine Law told Karen Sloan of Law.com as much in this interview: 

“It’s not a great thing for the profession or for law schools when the best and the brightest are not going to law schools in the same proportion that they have gone in the past,” Caron said in an interview Monday. He said that it’s not a surprise that if LSAT scores are down, three years later, students are having a harder time passing the bar. 

“It’s not a ringing endorsement for the profession,” he said. 

What is to be done about the law school brain drain? According to Dean Caron, it’s up to law schools to make the legal profession more appealing to millennials. That might not be an easy task, given recent graduates’ inability to pass the bar exam coupled with their burgeoning debt loads. How many recent law grads would recommend going to law school? The answer, we fear, is not many. 

Until the wisest of millennials can be convinced that law school is worth the high cost, we may continue to feed the cycle of dismal bar exam passage rates, producing yet another generation of unhappy, unemployed, or underemployedlaw school graduates. This does not bode well for anyone.” [Emphasis mine]

Waterheads continue to enroll in law school, and you know that they will end up in garbage heaps that provide weak-ass employment prospects. Furthermore, the dolts will perform worse on the bar exam. Of course, you will then see more pigs publicly bitch and cry that the test is too damn hard for their inferior graduates. Yet, those same swine have no problem charging those idiots $35K+ in annual tuition. 

http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202789663946/Fewer-Law-School-Applicants-in-Line-for-Upcoming-School-Year?slreturn=20170515230022

Other Coverage: On June 13, 2017, the New York Law Journal re-published a David Ruiz piece entitled “Fewer Law School Applicants in Line for Upcoming School Year.” Take a look at this opening:

“The number of law school applicants has dropped for the upcoming academic year, according to new data released by the Law School Admission Council. 

The numbers, as of June 2, show that American Bar Association-accredited law schools received 343,395 applications from 52,853 applicants for the 2017-18 school year. Compared with last year, applications are up 1.4 percent, but the actual number of applicants dropped 0.5 percent. 

Those totals are coupled with increasingly mediocre performance by prospective law school students taking the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT. 

The number of law school applicants who scored more than 160 on the LSAT has gone down 35 percent since 2010, according to Paul Caron, dean of Pepperdine University School of Law and editor of TaxProf Blog. Inversely, the number of law school applicants with LSAT scores lower than 150 has gone up 146 percent since 2010.” [Emphasis mine]

Does anyone with a functioning brain stem think – for one microsecond – that this is a good trend for the commodes?! That is a huge drop in applicants who scored higher than 160, while at the same time dunces have flooded to law school.

Now, scroll down to this conclusion:

“Caron said it is up to law schools and lawyers to make the legal profession appealing to millennials. He said there are valid criticisms of both the LSAT and the bar exam, but that focusing only on tests ignores the other side of the problem. 

"There's been a decline in the top student coming to law school," he said. "The data is irrefutable there."

Of course, more ABA-accredited diploma factories – including quite a few of the name brand schools – are now accepting the GRE in lieu of the LSAT. The pigs do so, under the veil of “opening the doors of the profession to more people.” In the end, they merely use this to attract more lemmings.

Conclusion: The fact that those with higher LSAT scores are choosing to avoid law school speaks volumes about this gutter “profession.” Those young men and women understand that if they do not get into an elite school, then their employment outlook will not justify the expense of three years of their lives – and an additional $150K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. The prospects for TTT grads is MUCH worse. The lawyer job market in this country is GLUTTED, and only a damn fool would argue otherwise.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

ABA Cockroaches Grant Provisional Accreditation to University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law


http://abovethelaw.com/2017/06/the-aba-is-giving-us-a-new-law-school/

Another Public Toilet: On June 7, 2017, Joe Patrice posted an ATL entry labeled “The ABA Is Giving Us A New Law School.” He seems to think that this is a positive development. Read the entire text below and draw your own conclusion:

“The ABA has granted provisional accreditation to the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, giving us one more real law school in the already crowded market of law schools. The difference is… this is a good thing.

This isn’t to say the world really needed another law school. Hell, TEXAS didn’t need another law school. But what UNT offers is critically important to the legal academy — it’s cheap. While America faces the troubling lawyer supply conundrum of too many lawyers for declining top-flight jobs and simultaneously not enough lawyers for public interest and underserved market roles, UNT is filling the niche of providing a low-cost legal education for people who won’t then run away from lower-paying work. In fact, UNT makes expanding legal education to low-income communities part of its mission, offering its scholarships based on financial need, not on LSAT mastery. 

So, obviously, the ABA dragged its heels on accrediting UNT because after years of gleefully accrediting diploma mills to tend to the relatively affluent — or at least those credit-worthy enough to be relatively affluent on paper — they suddenly had concerns that these law students might not be able to pass the bar exam. Apparently not charging an arm and a leg triggered the ABA’s spidey sense. We can’t start giving out law degrees here! Lawyers might start actually helping people! 

Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and offered UNT provisional accreditation (as we would have if we were in charge). This doesn’t absolve UNT of its obligation to put its graduates in a position to work in the profession — UNT may be half the cost of Texas, but that’s still a lot of money — and we’ll continue to hold them to the fire if they’re failing to mint lawyers capable of paying back their education. 

But it’s good to see a school proving that lawyers can be made without a mountain of debt. If only some other schools would pay attention.” [Emphasis mine]

The problem is still that Texas has a GLUTTED legal market. This has been documented for years, by Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. The state already has NINE other damn ABA-accredited schools! Texas A&M purchased Texas Wesleyan’s trash pit in 2013. Outside of the diploma mill at the University of Texas, the rest are filth. I don’t see how adding one more toilet to the mix is a good thing.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2017/06/06/second-try-unt-dallas-law-school-closer-accreditation

Other Coverage: On June 8, 2017, the Dallas Morning News featured a Nanette Light piece that was entitled “On its second try, UNT-Dallas law school gets provisional accreditation.” Check out this opening:

“Three years ago, UNT Dallas College of Law opened its doors as an unaccredited college in downtown Dallas with a bold plan to teach a diverse group of students while keeping tuition low. 

But success for the city's first public law school hinged on one key factor: accreditation. 

On Tuesday, the university announced it receivedprovisional approval for accreditation from the American Bar Association. The full accreditation process will take about three years. Until then, the school has the same privileges as full accredited colleges, meaning students can still take the bar exam. 

Royal Furgeson, the law school's dean and a former federal judge, called the milestone a relief.

Sometimes you rise up in your [money-stuffed] bed at 3 in the morning thinking, 'My God, this is really important to a whole lot of people, and we just can't let them down,'" said Furgeson, who was home recuperating from back surgery when he received the news.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, accreditation was important to the administration and “law professor” pigs at the Univer$iTTTTTy of NorTTTTTh TTTTTexa$ aTTTTTT Dalla$ Commode of Law. Otherwise, many – but not all - of the waterheads who applied to that cesspit would instead try to get into any of the other numerous garbage heaps located in the state.

By the way, William Royal Furgeson Jr. - in his capacity as a federal “judge”/politician in black robe – appears to have outrageously abused his power against a defendant. When you have a moment, read this piece. The fact that this evil man is the dean of this law school speaks volumes. Of course, most of the applicants to this toilet will not bother to look him up. Hell, I did a quick Google search of the bastard – only because his name sounded vaguely familiar. Took me five seconds. Look up “Jeff Baron Royal Furgeson” and grab some popcorn. One wonders if the pig’s conscience ever bothers him at night, regarding his conduct in that case.

http://lawschool.untsystem.edu/financial-aid/costs/cost-attendance-2016-2017-academic-year

Tuition: For the 2016-2017 academic year, in-state tuition was $15,133 – and non-residents were charged $27,264. Fees account for another $546, for all students. Don’t forget living expenses. So even Texas residents living with mom and dad will incur cost for transportation, personal, loan fees, etc. I also can’t imagine too many parents allowing a 25 year old staying with them rent free. My guess is that if they do, they will lose patience with you and then make your life a living hell.

Conclusion: The American Bar Association would accredit a ham sandwich, so this is no surprise. Also, the dolts have been making new dung pits wait until their second year of application, before giving them provisional accreditation. They have to give the appearance of being judicious, after all. This is the equivalent of an easy girl in high school or college turning down the occasional guy – only to blow him two weeks later in her trailer park home or in his dingy-ass apartment. So much for “standards, huh?!?!” At any rate, the addition of new law school in Texas is a moronic idea. Also, most of their graduates are NOT going to represent low-income clients. Instead, they will return to their old jobs or become insurance agents. You can do that without a law degree.

Monday, June 5, 2017

California Bar Passage Rates Continue Descent Into the Toilet, in February 2017: Overall Pass Rate of 34.5 Percent


http://abovethelaw.com/2017/06/california-bar-exam-results-by-law-school-february-2017/

Flush!: On June 1, 2017, Above the Law featured a Staci Zaretsky piece entitled “California Bar Exam Results By Law School (February 2017).” Look at this prelude:

“Shocking results from the February 2017 administration of the California bar exam were released on May 12, 2017. Given the disappointing overall pass rate, people have been wondering about the pass rates by law school ever since. 

The only information we’ve had until now has been the frighteningly low overall, first-time taker, and repeat taker pass rates of 34.5 percent, 39 percent, and 33 percent, respectively. We also knew the overall pass rates for first-time takers who attended ABA-accredited law schools, both in-state (45 percent) and out-of-state (39 percent). Granted, February pass rates are generally lower than July pass rates due to the number of repeat takers, but here at Above the Law, we are focused on first-time takers, and these pass rates are very, very low.” [Emphasis mine]

Two paragraphs later, ATL gets down to assessing the performance for each ABA-accredited diploma mill: 

“Which in-state law schools did the best on the test, and which schools did the worst? We now pass that information along to our readers, with the caveat that it only includes California law schools that had at least 11 first-time and repeat takers, or no first-time takers and at least 11 repeat takers. The Bar disseminates information in this manner to help shield the identities of graduates of law schools that had fewer test-takers during each administration of the bar exam. 

Here’s a list we’ve created of pass rates for first-time takers on the February 2017 administration of the exam for all ABA-accredited California law schools that had 11 or more test-takers for the exam. Take a look:

• Santa Clara: 69 percent 
• Loyola (LA): 67 percent
• Western State: 67 percent 
• UCLA: 64 percent 
• Pepperdine: 59 percent 
• U. San Diego: 53 percent 
• McGeorge: 50 percent 
• STATEWIDE AVERAGE: 45 PERCENT 
• California Western: 45 percent 
• Golden Gate: 33 percent 
• U. San Francisco: 31 percent 
• UC Hastings: 27 percent 
• Southwestern: 24 percent 
• Thomas Jefferson: 24 percent” [Emphasis mine]

In a just world, anyone who attends the worst toilets on this list would not be eligible for federal student loans – and would instead need to come up with collateral and obtain private funding for their garbage “legal education.” Then again, “higher education” is a financial windfall – for the institutions. 

http://www.jdjournal.com/2017/05/15/february-2017-california-bar-exam-results-almost-23-of-applicants-failed/

Other Coverage: On May 15, 2017, JD Journal published a Teresa Lo piece, under the headline “February 2017 California Bar Exam Results – Almost 2/3 of Applicants Failed.” Enjoy this opening:

“On Friday, the California State Bar released its official test results, and only an abysmal 34.5% of test takers were able to pass the notoriously difficult exam. The passage rate for first-timers was slightly better, but it was still an unimpressive 39%. These rates were a decline from last year where the overall passage rate was 35.7 percent, and the first-time takers’ passage rate was 45 percent. In California’s press release, Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, the Executive Director of the State Bar of California, acknowledged the decline and the Board stated it was conducting an investigation, which will begin May 15. “I’d like to congratulate the applicants who passed the Bar Exam,” Parker said. “Regrettably the pass rate shows a continuing decline, a trend happening nationally. The State Bar is committed to a better understanding of the problem to determine how to address it.” [Emphasis mine]

Still want to take the plunge, Dumbass?!?! You can already see that the law school pigs will make a major push to have the state bar exam simplified, for their cretinous students and graduates. Hell, why not make it as difficult as a Driver’s License test, right?!?! After all, California already has an incredible GLUT of attorneys. This has been well-documented for years.

Conclusion: Do you see what the weak performing trash pits have in common, genius?!?! Yes, they are rated in THE FOURTH TIER – by US “News” & World Report. Somehow, special snowflakes/waterheads will continue to ignore all the warning signs – and they will enroll in these foul piles of excrement. Remember, idiots have dreams too. However, seeing that you are essentially required to incur an additional $175K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – for a chance to enter a ridiculously oversaturated lawyer job market – should at least make you reconsider. 

The plain truth is that you are MUCH better off remaining in your current job, work your ass off, make real connections with those in your field, and try to separate yourself from the pack. That does not require you to piss away three years of your life, or to accumulate outrageous sums of student debt in the process. However, if you had such insight, then you would not even think of going to law school in the first place. Enjoy trying to repay those massive loans on a paltry $41K annual salary, Bitch.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

School’s Out Forever: Celebrate the Closing of Indiana Tech Law School


http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-techs-closing-of-law-school-leaves-unanswered-questions/PARAMS/article/43828

Glorious News: On May 31, 2017, the Indiana Lawyer published a Marilyn Odendahl article that was entitled “Indiana Tech’s closing of law school leaves unanswered questions.” Enjoy this wondrous opening:

“Little more than a week after graduation ceremonies, Indiana Tech Law School was well on its way to extinction.

The name had been removed from the building, the Fort Wayne law school’s website redirects visitors to the main Indiana Tech homepage, and all mentions of the legal education program had been scrubbed from Indiana Tech’s homepage. Neither Dean Charles Cercone, former interim dean andrĂ© douglas pond cummings nor university spokesman Brian Engelhart returned phone calls or emails. 

Questions are unanswered about the final steps being taken to close the school, what will happen to money given for endowed scholarships, where will the materials in the law library go, what will be done with the curated art collection, and how the $15 million building, constructed especially for the law school, will be repurposed. 

The American Bar Association, which provisionally accredited the law school, has not spoken publicly about the closure since it issued a statement that Indiana Tech would have to follow the procedure for ceasing operation outlined in Rule 34 of the ABA Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools. The U.S. Department of Education did not respond by IL deadline to an inquiry about any role it has in the closure and how much federal loan debt Indiana Tech law students have. 

While silence has prevailed outside the school, members of the Class of 2017 said the atmosphere inside changed immediately after the university announced in October 2016 its plans to shutter the legal education program at the end of the academic year. 

A planned legal conference on campus was cancelled, support staff were pulled from the building and the receptions and informal gatherings held periodically with the faculty stopped. The day after the announcement, students saw workers measuring the classrooms and evaluating how the space could be reused.

The Indiana Institute of Technology, which opened the law school in August 2013, cited a $20 million loss as the primary driver behind the decision to close. Still, the 2017 graduates were angered by the university’s action. They opted to hold their own graduation ceremony, off campus at the Allen County Public Library, so they would not have encounter retiring Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder at the main commencement May 13.” [Emphasis mine]

You’re welcome, bitches! Frankly, the university did the right thing, in rectifying their earlier mistake. Hell, the administration lost $20 million on that joke of a law school – and they didn’t have a large endowment to support this peTTTTT projecTTTTT. The graduates could have held their little ceremony in a Starbucks – site of their future employer. Plus, the “educators” can pack that curated art up their ass. 

http://www.theindianalawyer.com/last-class-graduates-from-indiana-tech-law-school/PARAMS/article/43693

Other Coverage: On May 15, 2017, the Indiana Lawyer featured another piece from Marilyn Odendahl, this one under the headline “Last class graduates from Indiana Tech Law School.” Review the following excerpt:

“The class did have a private hooding ceremony the evening of May 12 at the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne since some did not want to include the university in their celebration. About 17 graduates attended the event with their families and received their degrees from law school dean Charles Cercone and associate dean Charles MacLean. 

“That was basically our ceremony which was very meaningful and important because we had stuck together and gotten through this process,” [60 year old Philip] Davis said.

Waiting for the main commencement exercises to begin, Davis and his four classmates stood apart in the sea of black caps and gowns. They were clustered under the sign designating where the law school graduates should stand and talked quietly amongst themselves. 

Snyder presided over the 96th Indiana Tech graduation and his last as the leader of the university. Despite criticism for opening a law school in 2013, a time when lawyers were struggling to find J.D.-required jobs, Snyder championed the new venture. His retirement coincides with the school’s closure.

The law school graduates were among the first to enter the arena, taking seats near the commencement stage. As Cercone called their names, they walked across the stage, had the hood placed on their shoulders and proceeded back to their chairs. No mention was made that they were members of the final law school class.

Noah Moore, who relocated from Jackson, Mississippi, to attend Indiana Tech Law School, called the graduation day bittersweet.

“We put in a lot of hard work,” Moore said of the Class of 2017. “That’s what actually makes (this day) bittersweet and kind of has me upset. Our hard work can’t be overlooked.” [Emphasis mine]

Did hip hip and the law extraordinaire AndrĂ© Douglas Pond Scummings appear as the DJ for that sad event? By the way, Noah Moore: no one cares about all your “hard work,” which consisted of studying commercial outlines and listening to boring lectures. Now make that a large latte.

Conclusion: The idiots at Indiana Institute of Technology – not to be confused with ITT Tech – ignored the warnings about opening a law school in the midst of a fundamental restructuring of the U.S. legal job market. Hell, why not open up a penmanship class at the school? Or teach students how to operate a horse and buggy? Those skills will surely come in super-handy, right?!?! Don’t feel bad about this “institution of higher learning” losing $20 million on this stupid, greedy venture. Instead, rejoice over the fact that potentially hundreds more were spared financial ruin – in the form of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Arizona Summit Law Sewer to Pay $1.5 Million Surety Bond Against Closure


http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2017/05/26/arizona-summit-law-school-ordered-create-surety-bond-in-case-closure/338048001/

Pay Up, Bitches!: On May 25, 2017, the Arizona Republic published an Anne Ryman piece entitled “Arizona Summit Law School told to create financial safety net for students as precaution.” Take a look at this opening:

“A private law school in Phoenix recently put on probation by the American Bar Association is being required to put money aside to reimburse students if the school were to close. 

The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, the for-profit-college licensing agency, voted Thursday to require Arizona Summit Law School to post a $1.5 million surety bond to guarantee students would be repaid should the school fail. 

"It's just to protect the public, just in case," said Keith Blanchard, the board's deputy directory. 

Arizona Summit officials said the school has no plans to close and is preparing for its incoming fall classes. 

School argues against bond 

The board requested the bond because the school was recently put on probation for low passage rates on the State Bar exam. The institution's sister school under the same ownership, the Charlotte School of Law, is also on probation by the Bar. The U.S. Department of Education announced in December it was pulling Charlotte's federal student-loan funding. 

Arizona Summit officials argued before the board that the bond wasn't necessary and would send a negative message to prospective students.” [Emphasis mine]

What kind of negative message would that send exactly? That your commode had a 29.5% first-time bar passage rate on the February 2017 Arizona Bar Exam – and a 24.6% passage rate for the same test in July 2016? Or that the commode is currently on probation by the ABA, a notoriously lax organization when it comes to holding member schools accountable for their noxious actions? Something tells me your typical applicant will not be bothered by this latest bond. 

http://abovethelaw.com/2017/05/law-school-ordered-to-post-1-5m-surety-bond-in-case-it-closes/

Other Coverage: On May 26, 2017, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Law School Ordered To Post $1.5M Surety Bond In Case It Closes.” She addresses that concern in her conclusion below:

“If the fact that graduates of Arizona Summit have shown year after year that they’re unable to pass the bar exam on the first try hasn’t spooked prospective students, then a little $1.5 million surety bond certainly won’t do them much harm. After all, they seem to be immune to all of the negative information about the school that would cause others to run in the opposite direction.

Trish Leonard, the board’s president, said she “really [felt] a bond [was] required,” likely due to the fact that if Arizona Summit were to suddenly shutter, the state’s Student Tuition Recovery Fund would be completely tapped out. The school’s additional bond would act as further consumer protection and insurance for law students who would otherwise be left between a larger rock and a harder place than they already are if the school were to close. 

If this isn’t a sign to get out while the getting is still good, we’re not sure what is. Best of luck to those who decide to remain at Arizona Summit Law School.” [Emphasis mine] 

http://outsidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2017/05/arizona-summit-must-post-15m-against.html

Here is the full text of Old Guy’s take, from May 26, 2017 – “Arizona Summit must post $1.5M agains possible closure.” Enjoy!

“The licensing board in Arizona has just required Arizona Summit (Arizona Scum Pit) to post a $1.5M bond with which to reimburse the students in the event of the toilet school's closure. 

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-education/2017/05/26/arizona-summit-law-school-ordered-create-surety-bond-in-case-closure/338048001/

Only 30% of Arizona Scum Pit's graduates who attempt the bar exam pass it on the first try. At 74%, the rate for the other two law schools in Arizona, both of which are Tier 4 institutions (https://outsidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.ca/2017/05/the-seven-tiers-of-law-schools.html), is still disgraceful.

Arizona Scum Pit and its fellow Tier 6 institutions Charlotte (Harlotte) and Florida Coastal (Horrida Coastal) make up the notorious InfiLaw scam-chain of profit-seeking law schools. All three are in trouble. Harlotte has lost access to federally guaranteed student loans, and Horrida Coastal may join it next year.

Arizona Scum [P]it is on probation by the American Bar Association. Arizona Scum Pit told the board "that the bond wasn’t necessary and would send a negative message to prospective students". Which negative message? That Arizona Scum Pit is at risk of closing before they complete their Mickey Mouse degrees? If lemmings present and prospective haven't noticed that by now, they won't catch on just because the toilet has to post a bond with the state. Nothing, evidently, would get their attention.” [Emphasis mine]

Hell, if the moronic applicants were told the school was located on a Superfund site, they would not be dissuaded from choosing this trash pit. It’s sad really.

Conclusion: As you can see, this private toilet is a mess. You would be better off wrestling a crocodile than attending this pile of rancid fecal matter. At least then, you would not be FINANCIALLY RUINED for the rest of your life. Plus, if things went wrong with the croc, your family would probably still be able to collect on your life insurance policy in the former scenario. Avoid this school the same way that you would stay away from meth-addicted prostitutes.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

University of South Carolina Opens New $80 Million Law School Building; Dung Heap Still Ranked 88th Best by US “News” & World Report


http://www.postandcourier.com/business/university-of-south-carolina-hopes-new-law-school-building-woos/article_69f1137a-3c1f-11e7-942a-8be61d361168.html

Bottoms Up!: On May 20, 2017, the Charleston Post and Courier published a Mike Fitts article, entitled “University of South Carolina hopes new law school building woos students, boosts rankings.” Take a look at this opening:

“After almost two decades of waiting, the University of South Carolina School of Law is moving into an elegant new $80 million building that its dean hopes will be a boost in the competition to land the best and brightest. 

“We know it’s had an impact on faculty recruiting already,” Dean Robert Wilcox said last week. “We hope it will have a similar impact on recruiting students.”

Students will begin taking classes on the top floor of the three-story building this summer as the school moves out of its 1970s-era structure, which has only small windows and few spaces for the kind of collaborative learning that is a part of legal education today, Wilcox said.

How outdated was the old building? When originally built, it had no women’s bathrooms. 

The former law school, which will become undergraduate classrooms, likely was a hindrance in attracting top-quality students and likely hurt the college in nationally published rankings, Wilcox said. USC's law school is tied for 88th in U.S. News & World Report rankings and stands ninth out of the 12 Southeastern Conference colleges with law schools. 

“I’ve never known how many students didn’t come because of the old building. I’m quite certain that none came because of the old building,” said Wilcox, a Charleston native who graduated from the law school in 1981. “We have really sent the message that the school has arrived.” 

That arrival has taken years of fundraising and a long march to get the project launched. Planning began before the year 2000, but the money required to start construction was slow to come in, prompting some in the state’s legal community to worry about the school’s success and focus. 

“There was a concern that the building had become the mission of the school, which is not what you want,” Wilcox said.” [Emphasis mine]

What a pre$TTigiou$ “institution of higher education,” huh?!?! Wow, 88th greatest, most phenomenal law school in the entire damn country! What a remarkable accomplishment!! This tidy sum should surely boost the commode into the stratosphere of “legal education.” Hell, it could even end up as “high” as 69th or 73rd “best” law school in the country someday. 

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article150836627.html

Other Coverage: On May 16, 2017, The State featured an article from Avery G. Wilks, under the headline “USC unveils new $80 million law school.” Here is the full text of that piece:

“The University of South Carolina Tuesday unveiled its new, $80 million law school building – a swanky, 187,500-square-foot facility that occupies nearly an entire city block at Bull and Gervais streets.

The building is expected to help the USC School of Law recruit “top-flight” students and faculty, dean Robert Wilcox said. Wilcox also expects it to help with the law school’s No. 88 national ranking in the widely watched U.S. News and World Report rankings. 

“You don’t go up in a ranking just because you have a new building,” Wilcox said. “But you go up in a ranking if you can bring in the students you need and if you can do the research you need and if your academic program is good enough to really raise your reputation. 

“We have a feeling that as people come into the school – we host some conferences here and things – while the building doesn’t count directly into the numbers, it will have an impact on the reputation.” 

A few things to know about the law school’s new digs:

▪ The building features 17 classrooms, ranging in size from 20 to 95 seats, and two realistic courtrooms, including one that also can be used as a 300-seat auditorium. 
▪ The judge’s bench in the larger courtroom is the original heart-pine S.C. Supreme Court bench from the 1870s. 
▪ USC paid for the building with $20 million from the Legislature, $18 million in private donations and borrowing. 
▪ New students will begin to use the building for summer classes starting June 1.” [Emphasis mine]

Don’t confuse this cesspit with the 19th rated USC Gould College of Law, i.e. the one located in Los Angeles. And many of those grads go onto teach grade school! Anyone who thinks or believes that a shiny new law school building is going to attract “top flight” law students is a damn fool. If some college student in Columbia, South Carolina scores a 175 on the LSAT, he is going to attend a real law school – not the local toilet. Also, I don't care if that bench was hand crafted by Roger B. Taney - and used by Jefferson Davis!

By the way, how many new urinals and commodes does the new building contain? That is important since that will give the best reflection of the prevailing job market for University of South Carolina JDs. Also, it is sickening that the bitches and hags had to get $20 million of the loot from state taxpayers. Then again, politicians and “educators” have never lost a wink of sleep spending an ass-load of other people’s money – on stupid projects!

Conclusion: The Univer$iTTy of SouTTh Carolina Sewer of Law is still a middling trash pit. Being rated as the co-88th best law school is the equivalent of being a beauty show contestant with the most feminine hands. No one gives a damn. You are dealing with college graduates, i.e. people who should have a modicum of intelligence. Yet, the dean of this pile of manure, Cockroach Robert Wilcox, is acting as though he is trying to recruit to high school football players who want to don 13 different uniforms during the course of the season. In the end, pretty much all schools are engaged in the “higher education” arms race. You dolts put $80 million into a new building, as opposed to a significant scholarship fund for students. Other schools are doing the same thing. But you anticipate an influx of pupils who are smart enough to get into Ivy League law schools, right?!?!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Arizona Summit Law School Boasts 29.5 Percent Passage Rate on February 2017 Arizona Bar Exam – and That’s Actually a Slight Improvement Over the July 2016 Test


http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-education/2017/05/15/arizona-summit-law-school-state-bar-exam-results-released/313148001/

Pass Rate Still Rots: On May 15, 2017, the Arizona Republic published an Anne Ryman article entitled “On-probation Phoenix law school still struggling on passage rates for state Bar exam.” Take a look at this opening:

“A private law school in Phoenix recently put on probation by the American Bar Association has seen its passage rate improve on the latest round of the State Bar exam but is still struggling to get above 30 percent. 

Arizona Summit Law School saw nearly 30 percent of its first-time test takers pass the exam in February after dropping to 25 percent last year. Of the 88 people taking the exam for the first time in February, 26 passed, according to results released Monday by the Arizona Supreme Court. 

Arizona State University and University of Arizona law schools both posted a 74 percent passage rate. 

Arizona Summit had a 17 percent passage rate for those taking the test more than once, compared with 53 percent at UA and 46 percent at ASU. 

Arizona Summit Interim Dean Penny Willrich said in a statement that the school has made major changes over the past 18 months that have resulted in pass increases on the state Bar exam. 

"We are comfortable that Bar examination results will continue to improve and revert to previous levels of excellence," she said.” [Emphasis mine]

Garbage in equals garbage out, lady. If you continue to admit waterheads with 141 LSAT scores and 2.9 undergraduate GPAs, do you think that your lazy-ass “professors” are going to be able to turn those morons into breadwinners? Perhaps, you thieving bastards will turn the curriculum into a three year bar prep course. However, couldn’t BarBri or another vendor accomplish the same damn thing – for a fraction of the cost?!?! 

http://abovethelaw.com/2017/05/law-school-once-again-destroys-states-bar-exam-passage-rate/

Other Coverage: On May 16, 2017, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Law School Once Again Destroys State’s Bar Exam Passage Rate.” Enjoy the segment below:

“Late last week, we brought you news about the February 2017 administration of the Arizona bar exam. At about 41 percent, the pass rate for the exam was horrendous; in fact, it was once again the worst Arizona had seen for more than 10 years (and possibly even longer). 

Today, we have the school-by-school breakdown of the February 2017 passage rates in Arizona, and as everyone suspected, one law school’s incredibly subpar results severely impacted the state’s overall pass rate, much like what we saw in the past several iterations of the exam. But in a surprising(?) twist, graduates of all ABA-accredited law schools who took the exam performed poorly.

To see what we’re talking about, take a look at this breakdown of results by in-state law schools, courtesy of the State of Arizona Committee on Examinations: 

[Chart showing the following rates: 

University of Arizona, pass rate for first time writers: 74% 
Arizona State University, pass rate for first time writers: 73.6% 
Arizona Summit, pass rate for first time writers: 29.5% 
University of Arizona, repeat writers: 52.9% 
Arizona State University, repeat writers: 45.7% 
Arizona Summit, repeat writers: 17.2%

“While Arizona Summit Law School did not complete the trifecta of failure by meeting its sister schools’ 25 percent first-time test-taker passage rates, the school still put forth a stunningly low first-time passage rate of 29.5 percent. Arizona Summit has posted its worst February passage rates for the fourth administration of the exam in a row — and school officials somehow seem to think this is an improvement of some kind. (Yes, this is better than the school’s 24.6 percent first-time passage rate for the July 2016 bar exam, but looking at July results versus February results is an apples-to-oranges comparison.)” [Emphasis mine]

Anyone who is still contemplating attending the ABA cesspit known as Arizona $ummiTTTT Law Sewer deserves their fate. I don’t want to hear anyone crying that they can’t land a law firm job coming out of this FOURTH TIER TRASH CAN. Anyone with Internet access can perform a two minute search – and find NUMEROUS articles about this school. 

http://www.azsummitlaw.edu/admissions-tuition-and-financial-aid-cost-attendance.html

Cost of Attendance: Full-time tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year stands at $45,354. That is an outrage! Look at the results. Would you pay $20K for a 1996 Chevy Malibu – or $1,600 for a cheap Timex watch - that runs 30% of the time? Hell, even then you could walk away from the loan. By the way, part-time students are charged $36,692 – for the same school year – at this dump. Keep in mind that this commode is once again ranked in the fourth tier – by US “News” & World Report. How prestigious, huh?!?!

Conclusion: If you are considering this pile of excrement, then you are a lost cause. It’s embarrassing that you would still be able to obtain federal funding to attend such a toilet. If this nation truly cared about students, then it would place some minimum requirements for shelling out taxpayer money in the form of loans. It would be MUCH better for the applicant to be denied entry up front, then at the end of three years of study – and an additional $165K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Are Low-Ranked, ABA-Accredited Toilets at Risk of Closing?


http://abovethelaw.com/2017/05/the-law-schools-with-the-lowest-and-highest-acceptance-rates/

Commodes With the Highest Acceptance Rates: On May 9, 2017, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “The Law Schools With The Lowest (And Highest) Acceptance Rates.” Take a look at the following excerpt:

“What do things look like on the opposite side of the coin? For your daily dose of schadenfreude, we’ve done some research to present our readers with the top 10 law schools with the highest acceptance rates. Check them out:

[Respective figures are for the following:] School Full-time and part-time applicants (fall 2016); Full-time and part-time acceptances; Acceptance rate; U.S. News rank (2018) 

Thomas M. Cooley 1,067; 915; 85.8 percent; RNP 
Loyola New Orleans 711; 603; 84.8 percent; RNP 
Thomas Jefferson 1,107; 915; 82.7 percent; RNP 
Vermont 647; 524; 81 percent; 134 (tie)
Capital 528; 418; 79.2 percent; RNP 
Charleston 1,165; 912; 78.3 percent; RNP 
Northern Kentucky 420; 327; 77.9 percent; RNP 
Creighton 903; 688; 76.2 percent; 120 (tie) 
Willamette 507; 376; 74.2 percent; 142 (tie) 
Mitchell Hamline 1,033; 750; 72.6 percent; RNP

Cooley no longer has to settle for being the second-best law school in the country, because the school is finally the best at something. Congratulations, Cooley! As for the rest of the law schools with the highest acceptance rates, the fact that their admissions offices have to accept so many applicants in a world where law schools are merging or closing their doors is a bit… concerning.” [Emphasis mine]

Hell, that list is beyond pathetic. If you are considering any of the commodes on that list, then you do not have the mental capacity to walk to your neighborhood convenience store and back. You would be at a high risk of crossing the street into oncoming traffic.

https://bol.bna.com/are-law-schools-with-low-bar-pass-rates-at-risk-of-closing/

Low Bar Passage Rates: On May 12, 2017, Bloomberg Law published a Stephanie Russell-Kraft piece entitled “Are Law Schools with Low Bar Pass Rates at Risk of Closing?” Enjoy this opening:

“The University of La Verne College of Law enrolls over 100 students each year, and if past history is any indication, only slightly more than half, 54 percent, will likely pass the bar on their first try after graduation. 

Should that affect whether it stays open? 

The disconnect between a school’s low bar passage rate, relative to other schools in the country, and its ability to draw applicants raises a question that’s been looming for legal education regulators: Is the bar passage rate the best way to measure whether a law school is adequately preparing its students to become lawyers?

On one side, there are voices urging the ABA to raise the standard of graduates who must pass the bar exam on their first attempt. They say the high cost of a legal education means schools owe it to their students to guarantee a certain level of success and chance of a career in the law.

“When law schools admit students, they are making at least an implicit representation to these people that they are going to be or at least quite likely be eligible to practice law,” said Paul Campos, a professor at [University of Colorado,] who studies legal education. “I do think the ABA ought to be more aggressive in forcing schools to be more explicit about risks associated with not becoming eligible to become an attorney.”

Others argue the ABA’s standards would limit diversity in the legal profession by disproportionately forcing the closure of law schools that serve historically underrepresented populations. They claim a focus on bar passage rates does not adequately capture their success or account for the role they play in their communities. 

La Verne’s Dean Gilbert Holmes said critics such as Campos get it wrong: The bar passage rate measured by the ABA only looks at first-time scores. If a student fails but then retakes the bar and passes, that pass is not counted. Holmes claimed that over three years, a much higher percentage of his students — from 83 to 92 percent depending on the year — pass the bar.” [Emphasis mine]

Pig Gilbert Holmes is a con man, along with the rest of the “legal education” cartel. He asserts a high eventual pass rate – without providing any facts or proof. However, the swine conveniently fails to point out that law firms typically do not bother to hire JDs from non-elite schools, if they take too long to pass a bar exam. After all, the diploma mills keep pushing out FAR TOO MANY graduates each year. Why look at a La Verne dolt who got licensed three years after earning his TTTT law degree?!?!

Conclusion: Low-ranked trash pits will continue to operate, as long as the the spigot of federal government loans keeps running. Idiots still believe that THEY will personally buck the trend. If these cretins were truly exceptional, then they would not end up in law schools that admit anyone with a pulse. Don't go into financial ruin, in order to pay under-worked, lazy-ass "law professors" a handsome salary, i.e. try not be too damn stupid.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Third Tier Toilet Vermont Law School Receives $17 Million Federal Loan Via the U.S.D.A.


https://vtdigger.org/2017/05/07/vermont-law-school-receives-17-million-federal-loan/

Flushing the Public’s Money Away: On May 7, 2017, the Vermont Digger re-published a Matt Hongoltz-Hetling piece entitled “Vermont Law School Receives $17 Federal Loan.” Take a look at the following excerpt:

“Vermont Law School officials say a $17 million loan from the federal government is helping the school to restructure debt and invest in a fundamentally different education model in which year-round and online courses offer more flexibility for students. 

“The loan itself is less significant than what it’s for,” said Marc Mihaly, who plans to step down as president and dean this summer after five years of service. 

While the school has been developing its online offerings for six years, there is now a renewed emphasis on the option, as part of the larger strategy to be more flexible for students. 

“Our students may be on a Coast Guard ship. Or running a bank in Ohio,” Mihaly said. “They’re doing all sorts of things. They’re not going to quit their jobs and move their families to Vermont.” 

The school is directly investing roughly $2.5 million of the loan into the services, staff and technology needed to support the new direction, Mihaly said.

Mihaly said U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., brokered talks between the school and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and that the idea for a loan grew out of the USDA’s interest in investing in the educational model, which the school’s board formally adopted as a strategic plan in May 2016.

“They were attracted because we’re an economic engine, and a part of rural America that needs investment,” Mihaly said. “Also, they were attracted because there was a crisis in law schools. There was a rapid decline. We had been through that and more than stabilized.” 

The loan comes after a period of financial hardship for the school, which began cutting staff and trimming expenses in 2013 to cope with a downturn in enrollment.

In 2014, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded $10.3 million in 2011 revenue bonds from Baa2 to Ba1, a rating that led VLS to technically default on a loan agreement with TD Bank.” [Emphasis mine]

Remember, this pile of garbage cut groundscrew staff before getting to the overpaid, lazy-ass “law professors.” Perhaps, a VermonTTT Law Sewer grad or two is on a Coast Guard vessel, peeling potatoes. Or scrubbing toilets clean. However, that does not justifying this expenditure to the ABA-accredited dung heap.

http://lawschooltruthcenter.blogspot.com/2017/05/vermont-growing-stronger-with-usda-loan.html

Other Coverage: On May 8, 2017, the Law School Truth Center covered this filth, in an entry labeled “Vermont Growing Stronger with USDA Loan.” Enjoy this opening:

“No matter how fiscally conservative you are, sometimes you have to admit that the federal government makes really good lending investments in various remote New England wealth transfer schemes. 

Vermont Law School officials say a $17 million loan [at 2.4% interest! suck it, GradPlus borrowers!] from the federal government is helping the school to restructure debt and invest in a fundamentally different education model in which year-round and online courses offer more flexibility for students....

“Our students may be on a Coast Guard ship. Or running a bank in Ohio,” [President and Dean Mark] Mihaly said. “They’re doing all sorts of things. They’re not going to quit their jobs and move their families to Vermont.” 

Christ no - who the hell would? That no one wants to live there shouldn't stop the location from having a thriving law school that pilfers money from all over the place and benefit small-town America by bankrolling a faculty of 135. 

[The USDA was] attracted because we’re an economic engine [eight cylinders, right? - ed.], and a part of rural America that needs investment,” Mihaly said. “Also, they were attracted because there was a crisis in law schools. There was a rapid decline. We had been through that and more than stabilized.” 

Indeed, there was a crisis. If you'll recall, it lasted until about the time we stopped denying its existence. Then it was poof, a clap of the hands, finished, past tense. All stable now. (Does "more than stabilized" mean a rollover?) 

For the fall of 2016, Vermont Law School enrolled a class of 139 with an LSAT 25-75 spread of 145-156 and a 25-75 GPA spread of 2.77-3.5. Its most recent bar passage rate was 60.2%. Starting cost in the fall for sticker is $261,691 per LST.” [Emphasis mine]

Somehow, there is no equivalent loan rate – from the federal government – for student borrowers. That must be a mere oversight. Then again, the dolts will lend massive amounts to young people – with no collateral.

Conclusion: VermonTTT Law Sewer is a third tier commode, located in a town with a population of 2,773 – per the 2010 U.S. Census. Specifically, it is ranked as the co-134th greatest, most remarkable, and amazing law school in the nation – by US “News” & World Report. What a pre$TTTigiou$ commode, huh?! Doesn’t a $17 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – to a weak-ass law school in such a region – strike you as excessive?!?! They don’t call this pork barrel spending for no reason, folks.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dean of Fourth Tier Toilet Florida A&M University College of Law Gets Flushed


http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/law_school_leader_among_four_deans_out_at_famu?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=ABA+Journal+Top+Stories

Pass the Toilet Paper: On May 3, 2017, the ABA Journal published a Stephanie Francis Ward piece entitled “Law school leader among four deans dismissed from Florida A&M.” Here is the full text of that article:

“The dean of Florida A&M University’s College of Law was dismissed this week after less than 18 months on the job. 

Angela Feleccia Epps was replaced on an interim basis by LeRoy Pernell, a FAMU law professor who previously served as the school’s dean, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Epps did not respond to ABA Journal’s interview request. 

The law school’s bar passage rate for Florida’s February 2017 exam was 46.2 percent, according to the article. For July 2016, the pass rate was 52.9 percent, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners reported. The school’s median LSAT score is 145, according to its 509 report from 2016. 

“We are taking aggressive steps to improve our bar passage rate and turn things around,” Epps told the newspaper following the February exam results. “Earlier this year, we convened a special group to work on an action plan that includes addressing student learning and preparation for succeeding in law school and passing the Florida bar exam.

Epps was one of four deans recently dismissed by the university. They remain tenured professors, according to a statement by interim provost Rodner Wright. 

“This week, I will continue to meet with faculty as we review our academic programs. Interim deans are also meeting with stakeholders and students to discuss next steps as the University works to ensure that all academic units are aligned with our strategic priorities,” the statement reads. 

The law school opened in 2002. 

Pernell came to FAMU from Northern Illinois University’s College of Law in 2008 and held the position until 2015. The university has credited him with the law school receiving full ABA accreditation in 2009, according to an Orlando Sentinel article. 

He also led the law school in 2014, when what appeared to be a brief attrition spike from the 2011-12 academic year led to the American Bar Association’s accrediting board requesting a hearing. Ultimately it was determined that the law school miscalculated its attrition rate, and the hearing was canceled.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, your fellow cockroaches did take aggressive steps to turn things around. They flushed your ass down the toilet! In terms of improving bar passage rates, this will accomplish nothing. The trash pit first needs to stop admitting waterheads into the program. Then again, if the school had real standards, it would have shut down operations already.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-famu-law-dean-dismissed-20170503-story.html

Other Coverage: The Orlando Sentinel featured a Gabrielle Russon story headlined “FAMU law school dean dismissed after 16 months on the job.” Enjoy this opening:

“Florida A&M University’s law school dean is out after 16 months on the job. 

FAMU announced Angela Felecia Epps’ dismissal as leader of the downtown Orlando school this week. 

She is the fourth dean to be removed in two days at the Tallahassee-based university that’s undergone major leadership changes.

The deans of the education, pharmacy and journalism schools also were dismissed, according to a school statement this week. 

Epps and the other deans will return to the ranks of tenured faculty members while their interim replacements have already been chosen, interim provost Rodner Wright said in a statement that did not elaborate on why they were removed. 

LeRoy Pernell, who led the Orlando law school from 2008 to 2015, was named as the temporary law school dean. 

Epps, a former law professor at the University of Arkansas, took over as FAMU law school dean on Jan. 4, 2016, at a starting annual salary of $252,000. 

Epps was hired at a particularly turbulent time at the school, as FAMU trustees feuded with President Elmira Mangum, who eventually stepped down in September 2016. 

Currently, the school is led by interim President Larry Robinson. 

Last month, the latest bar passage results were released that showed FAMU’s law school dipped by 11 percentage points from a year earlier.” [Emphasis mine]

Congratulations on lasting that long as dean of this cesspit, selfish bastard. Now, you can go back to stealing a little less from taxpayers and your debt-strapped, idiotic students. Don’t worry too much: cretins will continue to apply to – and enroll in – your commode. And housecats will still work harder than “law professors” too.

Conclusion: It seems that the university may be losing money on some of their garbage academic programs. When the law schools start taking cash from the central administration, they soon notice that the pigs are paid much more than professors in other departments. Anyone dumb enough to still consider this festering pile of rat feces deserves their fate. I don’t give a damn if the school is located across the street from your home, and you get a full scholarship. DO NOT ENROLL in this fourth tier trash can, under any circumstances.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Booyah!: Fourth Tier Charlotte School of Law Under Investigation by North Carolina’s Attorney General


http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article147548644.html

Have Fun, Bitches!: On April 29, 2017, the Charlotte Observer published a Jane Stancill report entitled “NC attorney general tells Devos he is investigating Charlotte School of Law.” Review the following:

“N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein’s office has written to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, informing her of its investigation of the troubled for-profit Charlotte School of Law. 

The April 12 letter, signed by Special Deputy Attorney General Harriet Worley and Assistant Attorney General Matt Liles, urges protection of students who may be in danger of losing eligibility for loan forgiveness due to the education department’s deadline rules related to withdrawal dates. The letter points out that the school appeared to be about to close and repeatedly shifted dates for its reopening this semester.

The letter was first reported by Politico.

The school’s future has been in doubt since the Obama administration cut off its federal funding. The school has also been on probation from the American Bar Association because of its admissions policies. 

The letter says more than half of the for-profit law school’s students have withdrawn. Only 25 percent of students passed the state bar exam in February, the letter said, and the average debt upon graduation is almost $162,000.

The North Carolina officials pointed out various signs that the school is on the brink of closing. 

The school’s landlord said that the school is willing to sublet its classroom space and the school paid its city and county taxes 169 days late. Enrollment is below the 500-student minimum target the school had previously set out.” [Emphasis mine]

Those aren’t great signs for the pigs at this ABA-accredited cesspool. Now, look at the next two paragraphs:

“As you have noted in your public statements, educational institutions must be accountable,” the letter to DeVos said. “Inevitably, some schools will not be a success. When those unsuccessful schools shut down, their former students will be left with long-lasting impacts from debt. If CSL closes, this case will be the first opportunity to establish how your Department will protect students’ interests when post-secondary educational institutions do not succeed.” 

Scott Broyles, a popular faculty member at Charlotte School of Law since it opened in 2006, resigned as dean this month after only three weeks on the job. He cited disagreements with the administration over strategies to best serve the school, and frustration with the Department of Education’s continue refusal to release loans to cover tuition and living expenses of the students.” [Emphasis mine]

Something tells me that DeVos didn’t mean it when she said that educational institutions must be held accountable for their actions. That was mere fodder for her supporters. “Higher education” is big business in this country – and this lady is not about to upset that $y$tem. It is nice to see the school struggle though.

http://abovethelaw.com/2017/04/troubled-law-school-under-investigation-by-state-attorney-general-hopes-betsy-devos-will-come-to-its-rescue/

Other Coverage: Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry on this development, on April 27, 2017. That piece was labeled “Troubled Law School Under Investigation By State Attorney General, Hopes Betsy Devos Will Come To Its Rescue.” Take a look at this opening:

“Charlotte School of Law has been through the wringer in recent months. From being placed on probation by the American Bar Association over its graduates’ repeated bar failures to being booted from the federal student loan program by the Department of Education to coming perilously close to failing the Department of Education’s gainful employment test to posting the worst bar exam passage rates in the school’s history to having two deans quit, one right after the other, you’d think that nothing else could possibly go wrong for this embattled law school — but you’d be wrong. 

Not only has North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein opened an investigation into the for-profit law school, but the University of North Carolina system, which regulates for-profit colleges in the state, has also opened a review of the law school’s state operating license. We’ll tackle what’s going on with the state attorney general’s office first, as Stein is “very concerned about the current situation at the school” — as he should be, all things considered.

According to POLITICO, which first reported on this story, Stein is “investigating the school under the state’s civil consumer protection laws,” looking into Charlotte Law’s potential closure, and questioning the school’s attempts to restore its access to federal loans. It seems that the Department of Education, under the reign of Secretary Betsy DeVos, actually invited Charlotte Law to reapply for federal funding. In the hope that the Trump administration would be a little more receptive to the failing for-profit institution, Charlotte Law did just that on March 29 — “at the direct suggestion of a top department official” — with the school’s president, Chidi Ogene, urging DeVos to give “all possible priority” to its reinstatement application.” [Emphasis mine]

Idi Amin doppelganger Idi Ogene knows how to play the game. Plus, this trash heap is backed by Infilaw, i.e. Sterling Partners. Then again, maybe the scum who run the equity firm get tired of the bad press and try to unload this dump. However, who would purchase the commode?

Conclusion: In the end, I don’t see this pile of rotting garbage going out of business – at least not due to losing federal student loan funding. If DeVos invited the cockroaches to reapply for reinstatement, then they should be on track for more cash. After all, it is someone else’s money – and politicians don’t mind pissing that away.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Whittier College Board of Trustees Announces Closure of Fourth Tier Whittier Law School


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/business/dealbook/whittier-law-school-to-close.html?_r=0

Epic Outcome: On April 19, 2017, the New York Times DealBook published a beautiful article from Elizabeth Olson, under the banner headline “Whittier Law Schools Says It Will Shut Down.” Enjoy this wondrous opening:

“Trustees of the Whittier Law School said on Wednesday that it would close down, making it the first fully accredited law school in the country to shut at a time when many law schools are struggling amid steep declines in enrollment and tuition income. 

The trustees of the school, in Costa Mesa, Calif., said in a statement that they had voted not to enroll new first-year students in the fall but were “committed to ensuring that students currently enrolled will have an opportunity to complete their degree in a timely fashion.” The trustees did not set a date for when the school would close. 

Marc Stevens, a spokesman for the school, which is affiliated with Whittier College, said that officials were exploring ways to allow nearly 400 current students to complete their education but had not yet arrived at a solution. 

Whittier is the first law school fully accredited by the American Bar Association to announce plans to close. Indiana Tech Law School, in Fort Wayne, which had only provisional accreditation from the bar association, has announced that it will close in June.

Other law schools grappling with financial problems have chosen different ways to try to survive. Two law schools in St. Paul, Hamline and William Mitchell, merged in 2015. Charlotte Law School in North Carolina, which the A.B.A. placed on probation in November, has suspended the admission of new students. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Mich., closed its Ann Arbor campus after enrollment dropped. 

At Whittier Law School, which opened in 1966 and was accredited in 1978, minority students, many of whom come from California, made up about two-thirds of the student body. Last July, only 22 percent of the school’s graduates passed the California bar exam, according to state data. The employment rate for long-term jobs requiring a legal degree was 29.7 percent among Whittier graduates, according to Law School Transparency, a nonprofit that compiles data on the 205 law schools in the United States. 

Students who graduated from Whittier last year had an average of $179,000 in pre-interest debt, the second-highest total among all law schools in the country, according to Law School Transparency.” [Emphasis mine]

Toilets often point to their “diverse student enrollment” as a plus. Well, when broke-ass minorities with no connections graduate from FOURTH TIER PILES OF EXCREMENT, they are typically in worse financial shape after having earned their JDs. The commodes don’t put that in their brochures or web pages however.

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-whittier-law-school-closing-20170420-story.html

Other Coverage: On April 20, 2017, the Los Angeles Times featured a staff article entitled “Whittier Law School is closing, due in part to low student achievement.” Take a look at the following portion:

“When Whittier College officials announced this week they would close their affiliated law school in Costa Mesa, students and faculty reacted with shock, outrage and some tears.

But legal experts said Thursday that Whittier has long been on a downslide as it struggles with challenges hitting many law schools across the country.

Applications to law schools nationwide are down nearly 50% since 2005, prompting less-prestigious campuses to accept students with lower GPAs and law school admission test scores. State bar passage rates have fallen — hitting a 32-year low in California last summer. Fewer full-time, long-term legal jobs are available. Meanwhile, tuition costs and student debt loads have soared. 

All of these factors came to a head at Whittier, which will be the nation’s first fully accredited law school to shut down in three decades. It will stop accepting new applicants and close after its current students graduate.” [Emphasis mine]

Of course, cretinous students got butt-hurt – and felt that the ABA-accredited garbage heap should remain in operation. These idiots cited their outrageous “investment” in themselves, i.e. student loan debt, as a good reason for keeping the doors open. 

http://abovethelaw.com/2017/04/whittier-law-school-will-close-leaving-disaster-in-its-wake/

Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Whittier Law School Will Close, Leaving Disaster In Its Wake,” on April 20, 2017. Behold this segment from her piece:

“Yet another law school has decided to close its doors. We all knew it would happen eventually, but it was just a matter of which one it would be. This time, it’s historic. Whittier Law School, located in Costa Mesa, California, will not enroll a new class this coming fall. Whittier is the first fully accredited law school in the country to throw its hands up in defeat and shut its doors. 

At about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, students, faculty, and staff were alerted that an emergency meeting was to be held with representatives from the Whittier College Board of Trustees the next day. Faculty members knew that certain doom awaited them at the meeting, and attempted to obtain a temporary restraining order that would prevent the school from being closed. Sadly, their application was denied on First Amendment grounds. Students, however, had no idea what was about to happen, and many gathered on Wednesday afternoon to bear witness to the death of the school that would someday be printed upon their diplomas.” [Emphasis mine]

You can read more about how one student secretly recorded the meeting there. There are also links to video.

Conclusion: This is a truly momentous occasion. I remember in the early days, when cockroaches would tell scambloggers that this was a pointless endeavor. The fact remains that every single person who is dissuaded from law school represents one life that steers clear of soul-crushing amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. This affects their family and future mate as well. Those of you who have helped document the law school scam should hold your heads up high. Thank you for your contributions. Now, go out and enjoy a nice steak or a well-deserved drink.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Crack Open a Window: Florida Coastal School of Law Grads Had a 25% Passage Rate on February 2017 Florida Bar Exam


http://abovethelaw.com/2017/04/most-law-schools-did-horrendously-on-this-states-bar-exam/

Booyah: On April 11, 2017, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Most Law Schools Did Horrendously On This State’s Bar Exam.” Take a look at the following portion:

“As we mentioned earlier today, the results from Florida’s administration of the February 2017 bar exam are out, and they are not pretty. In fact, the passage rate on Florida’s winter bar is now at its lowest point since the February 2009 exam (and possibly even earlier, but that is the final date for which scores are listed on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners website). The state’s overall passage rate was 57.7 percent, and some law schools posted passage rates that barely hovered around the 50 percent mark. One law school’s passage rate was far, far lower than that. 

Which schools performed the best on the test, and which schools performed the worst? 

Here are the results for all Florida law schools for the February 2017 exam: 

[chart] 

As you can see, Miami and Florida International blew away the competition, with passage rates of 80.6 percent and 78.9 percent, respectively. Congratulations to graduates of both law schools. On the flip side of the coin, hovering around or below a 50 percent passage rate are law schools like Barry (51.5 percent), Florida A&M (46.2 percent), Nova Southeastern (55 percent), St. Thomas (44.7 percent), and Stetson (51.3 percent). The school with the worst performance of all was Florida Coastal, which posted a 25 percent passage rate. Recall that its sister school, Charlotte Law, posted a 25 percent passage rate on the February 2017 administration of the North Carolina bar exam. Who knew two Infilaw schools could produce terrible twin passage rates?” [Emphasis mine]

Still want to take the plunge, waterhead?!?! The fact that this commode and DOZENS OF OTHERS are allowed to operate and take public money shows beyond any doubt that the “higher education” scam is alive and well in the U.S. Who wouldn’t want to take on mortgage-sized sums of NON-DISCHARGABLE debt – for a 25 percent chance of becoming a licensed attorney? 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-bar-rates-florida-20170410-story.html

Other Coverage: On April 10, 2017, the Orlando Sentinel published a piece from reporter Gabrielle Russon, under the headline “Which law schools had the highest bar passage rates?” Read this opening:

“The bar passage rates at Barry University improved significantly from a year ago while Florida A&M University’s dipped 11 percentage points, according to test results released Monday. 

However, law students at the two Orlando law schools were both less likely to pass the bar exam than test-takers statewide, according to a news release from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. 

The state agency released the passage rates for the 1,881 students who took the test for the first time in Tampa in February. 

About 58 percent passed statewide, the results showed.” [Emphasis mine]

Yes, that is highly impressive! Spending three years of your life – and accumulating outrageous, idiotic sums of student debt in the process – for this garbage outcome is beyond pathetic. Only an imbecile or a “law professor” could defend this sick $y$tem.

Now, scroll down to the penultimate paragraph:

“The worst was Florida Coastal School of Law where only three out of every four failed the test. Of the 48 who took the bar, 12 passed.” [Emphasis mine]

For $ome rea$on, the pigs at Florida Coa$TTTTal have yet to feature this anemic bar passage rate prominently on their website. That must be a mere oversight on their part, right?!?! Then again, anyone applying to this dung heap should be able to find these exam results – in under five minutes of searching online.

https://www.lstreports.com/schools/floridacoastal/admissions/

Atrocious Admissions “Standards”: Let’s take a look at the Law School Transparency report for this ABA-accredited toilet’s admi$$ion$ information. Seeing that these 48 idiots took the exam this past February, we will look at the figure for the class entering in Fall 2013. Take a peak:

25th percentile LSAT: 141 
50th percentile LSAT: 144 
75th percentile LSAT: 148 
25th percentile UGPA: 2.69 
50th percentile UGPA: 2.97
75th percentile UGPA: 3.26 [Emphasis mine]

Does anyone with an IQ above room temperature want to defend these TTTT practices?! Hell, halfway intelligent people could take the LSAT without sleeping the prior 48 hours, and score higher than these cretins at the 25th percentile.

Conclusion: Do you see a correlation, Lemming?!?! By the way, when you are this damn dumb and get into a law school, it doesn’t matter how many hours you study, read case briefs, work on outlines, or prepare for the bar exam. Since your starting point is so low, you will need to make monstrous strides to pass the test. Lastly, even if you manage to get licensed as an attorney, now all you have to do is get hired by a decent law firm – or hustle your ass off to get paying clients. Good luck with that, Bitch! Meanwhile, the “professors” and deans are laughing their way to the bank – while you are consigned to a lifetime of crushing debt and piss poor wages.
 
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