Monday, April 24, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Posted by Nando at 4:41 AM
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
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:
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?
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.
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.
Posted by Nando at 4:17 AM
Friday, April 14, 2017
MBE Results in the Toilet: On April 7, 2017, Derek Muller of Pepperdine Univer$iTTTy Sewer of Law authored an Excess of Democracy blog entry that was entitled “February 2017 MBE bar scores collapse to all-time record low in test history.” Here is the full text of that piece:
“On the heels of the February 2016 multistate bar exam (MBE) scores reaching a 33-year low, including a sharp drop in recent years, and a small improvement in the July 2016 test while scores remained near all-time lows, we now have the February 2017 statistics, courtesy of Pennsylvania. After a drop from 136.2 to 135 last year, scores dropped another full point to 134. It likely portends a drop in overall pass rates in most jurisdictions.
This is the lowest February score in the history of aggregated MBE results. (The test was first introduced in 1972 but, as far as I know, national aggregate statistics begin in 1976, as data demonstrates.) The previous record low was 134.3 in 1980.
It's worth noting that the February 2017 test had a small change in its administration: rather than 190 question that were scaled into the score and 10 experimental questions, the split in this exam was 175/25. It's unlikely this caused much of a change, but it's worth noting as a factor to think about. And it'snot because the MBE was "harder" than usual. Instead, it primarily reflects continued fall-out from law schools accepting more students of lower ability, then graduating those students who go on to take the bar exam. Given the relatively small cohort that takes the February test, it's anyone's guess what this will portends for the July 2017 test.” [Emphasis mine]
If you are still considering law school, then you may need to undergo some intelligence testing. While it is about as easy to pass the written portion of a Driver’s License exam as it is to get into several dozen ABA law schools, that does not mean that pissing away three years of your life is a good idea.
Do you believe that taking on an additional $150K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – for an outside chance to represent broke bastards in landlord-tenant cases and custody hearings – equates to good job prospects? Also, even if you attend an ABA toilet and pass the bar exam, you will still be financially wrecked. Good luck collecting legal fees from your trailer park clientele. Does that sound good to you, Dumbass?!
Other Coverage: On April 10, 2017, Staci Zaretsky wrote an ATL post entitled “MBE Results For February Bar Exam Reach Historic, All-Time Low.” Read this opening paragraph:
“Just when we thought that bar exam performance couldn’t get any worse, lo and behold, the national mean MBE scaled score from the February 2017 has reared its ugly head. Last year, the national mean MBE scaled score from the February bar exam was 135, a 33-year low. This year, that same score is 134, which is the lowest in the history of aggregated MBE results. Exam statistics were first aggregated in 1976. The previous record low for this score was a 134.3, in 1980.” [Emphasis mine]
Let that sink in for a moment. Did anyone expect bar exam scores to improve, based on the fact that more ABA-accredited cesspools have lowered their admi$$ion “standards”?! Hell, dozens of trash pits will accept idiots with 145 LSAT scores.
Later on, the article continued:
“Professor [Derek] Muller has more information on the decline in MBE scores:
In February 2011, just 39.6% of all test-takers had a score of 135.4 or lower. 13.7% had a score in the range of 135.5 to 140.4, and 46.6% had a score of 140.5 or higher. …In February 2016, however, 51.1% of all test-takers had a score of 135.4 or lower, a 11.5-point jump. 13.7% had a score in the range of 135.5 to 140.4, and just 35.1% had a score of 140.5 or higher.
This is the result of law schools continuing to accept students with poor entering qualifications. Things will only get worse until this cycle ends. Law school graduates unable to pass the bar exam to become lawyers will be stuck with upwards of six figures of loan debt, so that law schools are able to rejoice that they’ve been able to keep the lights on for one more year. If law school administrators are trying to run the legal profession into the ground, then this is a surefire way to do so.” [Emphasis mine]
Still want to take the plunge, with your 2.91 GPA in Political “Science” and 146 LSAT score, cretin?!?! What do you think your chances are of getting hired by a decent-sized law firm, with that weak potential? Many law graduates from Georgetown, USC, Cal-Berkeley, Virginia, and Duke struggle to find solid employment. Not everyone with a JD from those schools lands in a good position.
And you think that you will do better than those young men and women, when you are enrolled at a garbage heap such as WhiTTTTier or Cooley?!?! Are you the daughter or nephew of a federal magistrate or a member of Congre$$? If not, then what sets your ass apart from students attending law schools that are leagues above you? Also, what the hell are you smoking?!
Conclusion: If you are not accepted to a truly name brand law school, i.e. those firmly in the top 6-10, then take a different route. Your employment outlook is limited from Day One of law school, at lower ranked commodes. If your plan is to “crush” first semester and transfer to a half-decent diploma mill, then you don’t have a plan. Hell, ninety percent of the class – including the potheads and alcoholics – is aiming for the top 5-10 percent. By the way, genius: landing in the top decile at your toilet might get you on law review, but most Biglaw firms will still not touch your ass.
Posted by Nando at 4:33 AM
Monday, April 10, 2017
Beautiful News: On April 7, 2017, law.com posted a Karen Sloan piece that was entitled “Number of LSAT Takers is Up, But Law School Applications Are Down.” Check out this opening:
“This year’s Law School Admission Test cycle has come to a close, and the numbers are sending mixed messages about legal education’s current appeal.
On the positive front, the number of people taking the LSAT in February increased 5.4 percent over the previous year, according to LSAT administrator the Law School Admission Council Inc. In fact, test takers were up during three of the cycle’s four testing dates, which saw a cumulative 3.3 increase nationally. The cycle kicked off in June 2016 and wrapped in February.
But that increase in people sitting for the all-important admissions test has yet to translate into any boost in individuals actually applying to law school. In fact, the total number of applicants was down 1.9 percent as of March 31, when 87 percent of the final applicant count was in last year.
That figure is unlikely to inspire enthusiasm among law school administrators, who have been hoping that that the applicant pool bottomed out in recent years and that the number of aspiring lawyers would at least hold steady if not tick up this cycle.
“I don’t think we’re going to see a 5 percent application spike before the [fall admissions] cycle is over. It may be flat, at best,” said Jeff Thomas, executive director of pre-law programs at Kaplan Test Prep. He noted that the majority of applications have already been submitted for the upcoming academic year.
More LSAT takers would seem to foreshadow more applicants, but that isn’t necessarily the case, said Derek Muller, a professor at Pepperdine University School of Law who writes about law school enrollment trends on his blog, Excess of Democracy.
“Prospective students may take the LSAT, be disappointed in their score, and choose not to apply or choose other graduate options,” he said. “That may be a cycle-to-cycle thing, but it may be getting worse. If prospective law students believe they need to achieve X score to get into Y school, because that’s the only ‘good’ school according to their prelaw adviser, they may not apply at all if their scores come out too low.”
Moreover, this year’s number may simply indicate an increase in people sitting for the LSAT multiple times in hopes of [earning] a higher score.” [Emphasis mine]
While DOZENS of desperate ABA-accredited toilets will now accept applicants with 145 LSAT scores, people are starting to recognize that the best they can hope to attain out of these cesspits is to end up representing broke bastards – for minimal pay. The fact remains that if you want decent job prospects coming out of law school, then you need to aim high. Otherwise, your employment outlook is limited from Day One. If your “strategy” is to do well at a dung heap – and transfer to a better school – then you are already behind the eight ball. Sadly, cretins will continue to sign on the dotted line at sewers.
Other Coverage: On April 5, 2017, Matt Leichter posted a Law School Tuition Bubble entry labeled “LSAT Tea-Leaf Reading: February 2017 Edition.” Here is the full text of that article:
“Make that three administrations in a row that the number of LSAT takers has risen. At last, the LSAC has published the results of the February 2017 LSAT. 21,400 people took the test, up 5.4 percent from a year ago (20,301).
The four-period moving sum of LSAT administrations rose 1 percent to 109,354. By comparison, this administration year comes in slightly lower than 2012-13 (112,515). At the same time, the number of applicants is falling from last year, 1.9 percent lower than this time in 2016. As of now 55,100 people are projected to apply to law schools this year, but there may be a late surge in applicants as has tended to be the case in recent years. The number may be higher.
Although I’m still baffled why so many people would be interested in going to law school after such negative news in 2016, it’s even more surprising that more LSATs translates into fewer applicants. Perhaps LSAT takers are more strategic about their scores, which cautions against the hypothesis that the “wrong people” aren’t applying to law school (because, obviously, only high-LSAT scorers make good lawyers). So far, there’s no evidence of a Trump-induced surge in law-school interest. I’m confident that’s premature, but it’s something to bear in mind when the June LSAT takes place.” [Emphasis mine]
Still want to take the plunge, Dumbass?!?! Do you view this as a good opportunity to get into a decent law school, since many LSAT takers are eschewing this route? Well, unless your test score is high enough to get into an elite, name brand school, it doesn’t matter. If you get into a top 30 law school, that is good enough. The majority of your class is looking at toiletlaw and non-legal jobs.
Conclusion: It is great to see that people are starting to look more seriously into this vitally important FINANCIAL DECISION. They have figured out that it is not wise to enroll in piles of rot, especially when that will lead to them taking on an additional $155K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. Remember, the law school pigs will do and say whatever it takes to get more asses in seats. Then again, the bitches and hags are paid up front, in full – for minimal “work.” In stark contrast, the students will be on the hook for the next 20-30 years of their lives. Again, you are a mere mean$ to an end, i.e. giant sacks of federal student loan dollars.
Posted by Nando at 3:15 AM
Thursday, April 6, 2017
TTT Chronicles: Edward Adams, Former Candidate to Become Dean at SUNY Buffalo Law School, Indicted on 14 Separate Fraud Charges for Embezzlement
Prerequisite for Being Dean?: On March 25, 2017, the Buffalo News published a Jay Tokasz article that was entitled “Candidate for dean of UB Law School charged in embezzlement scheme.” Enjoy this opening:
“A finalist to become the next dean of the University at Buffalo Law School was indicted this week on federal fraud charges related to the alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars from investors in a company he helped run.
The U.S. Attorney's Office District of Minnesota charged Edward S. Adams, 64, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, with eight counts of mail fraud and six counts of wire fraud.
Adams -- an expert in corporate law and a former associate dean at the University of Minnesota Law School -- was among five finalists for the dean's post at the UB Law School who visited the campus in February and met with law school faculty and top university officials.
A UB spokesman said in an email statement that Adams "was not under consideration when the charges against him were filed.
Adams did not return a call seeking comment.
The indictment alleges that over a period of seven years, Adams stole $4.38 million from investors in a company that produced lab-grown diamonds. Adams paid to his own law firm more than $2.54 million during that time, according to the indictment.
UB launched a search for a new dean last September, with a 15-member committee led by Paul Tesluk, dean of the UB School of Management. The former UB Law School dean, Makau W. Mutua, resigned in 2014. James A. Gardner, a constitutional law expert, has been serving as interim law school dean.
The university hired a national firm, Russell Reynolds Associates, to assist with the search. University administrators are hoping new leadership will help overcome divisions within the Law School and bolster its sagging U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Adams was the first of five finalists to visit campus in February. He followed up his visit with an open letter to UB law faculty saying he looked "forward to receiving an offer to be Dean at UB. I believe I will excel at it. It will be my sole focus." [Emphasis mine]
How “honorable,” huh?!?! Frankly, wouldn’t this pig’s embezzlement background give him good experience in baiting and financially ruining hundreds of young students each year? Hell, that should have led to him landing the position.
Other Coverage: On March 24, 2017, Jonathan Turley wrote a brilliant piece labeled “Minnesota Law Professor Charged With Massive Criminal Fraud.” Take a look at the following portion:
“University of Minnesota law professor Edward S. Adams is facing an astonishing criminal indictment over millions of missing funds from investors in his companies. The indictment says that Adams perpetrated an elaborate fraud on investors and fellow partners. According to the indictment, from 2006 to 2013, Edward S. Adams stole more than $4.38 million from investors and paid more than $2.54 million to his own law firm.
What is astonishing is that Adams is the second faculty member to face criminal charges on the Minnesota law faculty.
At the heart of the indictment is Adams’ involvement in Apollo Diamond, Inc.. Apollo’s founder was Adams’ father-in-law.
He allegedly embezzled funds and then, with the company facing insolvency, Adams allegedly had shareholders convert their Apollo stock into stock in a new company — Scio Diamond Technology Corp. He then allegedly siphoned off $2 million for his own accounts.
He is now facing eight counts of mail fraud and six counts of wire fraud.” [Emphasis mine]
Apparently, Cockroach Edward Adams felt that he wasn’t fleecing the public enough, as a “law professor” parasite at a state school. But at least he allegedly put his law degree to good personal use, right?!?!
Conclusion: The paid puppets at the University at Buffalo Law Sewer can parrot the line that this greedhead was not a candidate to be their dean when the charges were filed. However, the fact remains that he was one of five finalists for the post. That means that he was at least in the running. It was between him and four others to get the job. He also stole more than $4.38 million from his investors – and funneled a large portion of that figure to his own law firm and his own accounts.
Furthermore, according to the Buffalo News article cited above, he was an “expert” in corporate law and a former associate dean at the Univer$ity of Minne$ota. Plus, he visited them in February of this year. That was two months ago. He was also at the now 23rd “best” law school in the country, at the time. This big-ass indictment just came down on his head in late March 2017. And the dolts at SUNY want you to believe that he was not a serious candidate to lead this third tier cesspit – which is currently rated as the 106th greatest, most remarkable and amazing law school in the entire country. In the end, this type of conduct gives you a glimpse into the pigs’ mindset, i.e. minimal “work” and effort for maximum pay.
Posted by Nando at 4:29 AM
Saturday, April 1, 2017
No April Fool’s Joke: Arizona Summit Law Sewer Placed on Probation by ABA for Pathetic Bar Passage Rates
The Beautiful News: On March 30, 2017, the New York Times DealBook section featured an article from Elizabeth Olson, under the banner headline “For-Profit Law School in Arizona Is Put on Probation.” Check out this opening:
“Arizona Summit Law school, a troubled for-profit institution owned by the InfiLaw System, has been placed on probation by its accrediting body, the American Bar Association.
The association’s move was announced on Monday and followed Arizona Summit’s affiliation with Bethune-Cookman University, a nonprofit historically black college in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Arizona Summit Law in Phoenix is the second school owned by InfiLaw to be placed on probation for failing to meet A.B.A. accreditation standards. Sterling Partners, a private equity firm in Chicago and Baltimore, is an investor.
The first, Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, N.C., lost its eligibility for federal student aid in January as a result of the probation. Its enrollment has declined sharply, and the school has said it is trying to restart federal aid and is exploring affiliation with a nonprofit college in a Northeastern state.
At Arizona Summit, the bar association found that admissions practices, academic programs, and graduation and bar exam passage rates were below par.
These deficiencies, according to a statement by the A.B.A. Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, “have resulted in the law school now being in a position where only immediate and substantial action can bring about a sufficient change to put the law school on a realistic path to being in compliance within the time allowed” by the bar association’s rules.
Only 24.6 percent of Arizona Summit graduates who took the Arizona state bar exam for the first time in July 2016 passed, an exceptionally low rate. Charlotte School of Law reported nearly the same passage rate for its graduates who took the North Carolina bar exam last month.” [Emphasis mine]
What a brilliant and amazing in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion of “higher learning,” huh?!?! Sadly, waterheads and hopeless twats will continue to apply to – and enroll in – this festering pile of excrement. After all, some cretins still “dream of being a lawyer.” One wonders how many of these special snowflake idiots have ACTUALLY WORKED in a law firm, prior to reaching this realization.
Other Coverage: On March 28, 2017, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “ABA Finally Puts Law School On Probation For Horrendous Bar Passage Rates.” Read the following segment:
“Arizona Summit Law School’s numerous weaknesses and failures have been documented in these pages for years. From its dubious admissions practices to its repeated bar-exam embarrassmentsto its depressing employment statistics, this for-profit InfiLaw institution has been maligned in the press for good reason.
One would think there wasn’t enough lipstick in the world to be put on this pig to make it look enticing, but the school recently entered into a questionable affiliation with Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college.
People have wondered for quite some time when the American Bar Association would step in and take action to discipline this school for the good of its students and those who would dare to attend in the future. At long last, after years of poor results for Arizona Summit graduates, the ABA finally decided to do something about it.
Yesterday afternoon, after finding the school to be out of compliance with numerous standards required for it to maintain its accreditation, the ABA put Arizona Summit Law School on probation. Here’s a relevant excerpt from the ABA’s public memorandum to the school[:]
“The council determined that the law school’s admissions practices, academic program (including its academic standards and academic support) and outcomes (graduation and bar passage) have resulted in the law school now being in a position where only immediate and substantial action can bring about sufficient change to put the law school on a realistic path back to being in compliance within the time allowed by the Standards and Rules of Procedure.”
The memorandum, sent from Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education, goes on to note that due to the “critical nature and urgency of this matter,” the law school must attend additional hearings before the Accreditation Committee in September and the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in November to review its progress with the remedial action recommended by the Council, and to consider whether additional remedial actions must be taken or additional sanctions must be levied, up to and including stripping Arizona Summit of its accreditation.” [Emphasis mine]
In a just world, the city would take a wrecking ball to this toilet. Anyone still dumb enough to even consider this school deserves their fate. It would actually be more humane to leave them in the woods alone. At least then they wouldn’t be FINANCIALLY RUINED FOR LIFE, by obtaining a worthless-ass TTTT law degree!
Conclusion: In the final analysis, Arizona $ummiTTTT Law Sewer is a true cesspit. If your “dream” is to be an attorney, you may need a psych eval. Does representing broke bastards in custody hearings sound appealing to you? Perhaps, you want to help dirt poor tenants in disuptes with their landlords. Here’s a hint that will potentially save you three years of your life, and $140K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt: if they don’t pay the full rent on time, they are going to be evicted. Do you like fighting losing battles for a living, Bitch?!?! If you feel the need to “prove yourself” in the world, because you have little to no self-worth, then go into a gym and walk up to an experienced boxer or MMA guy – and slap him across the mouth. When he puts your face and ass in the dirt, just realize that at least he didn’t bury you financially for the next 30 years of your pathetic life.
Posted by Nando at 7:54 AM
Monday, March 27, 2017
Dean Steps Down, Remains on Faculty: On March 20, 2017, Michael Gordon wrote a Charlotte Observer piece entitled “Top Charlotte School of Law leader steps down.” Check out this opening:
“With his school’s future hanging in the balance, the dean of the beleaguered Charlotte School of Law is stepping down.
Jay Conison has led the uptown, for-profit school for almost four years. Charlotte Law announced his departure with a four-paragraph statement Monday afternoon. Conison will remain on the faculty, the statement said.
He will be replaced on an interim basis by Scott Broyles, a former federal prosecutor who joined the Charlotte faculty in 2006.
“I am honored that the faculty has placed its trust in me as we move forward,” Broyles said in the school’s statement. “While we face serious challenges, our aim is clear: to restore faith in our institution through consistent standards in admissions and best practices in the classroom.”
The school’s alumni, which in February called on Conison and school President Chidi Ogene to resign, applauded the change.
“We are excited about Dean Broyles’ vision for the Charlotte School of Law and for his leadership,” said Charlotte attorney Lee Robertson Jr, president of the alumni association. “Dean Broyles has been a respected and dedicated member of the faculty for many years, and our alumni are optimistic for the future of our law school.”
Conison led the for-profit school during its most tumultuous era and leaves his leadership position while the uptown school straddles an uncertain future.
Charlotte Law, like law schools nationwide, was hit hard by the recession and the resulting shrinkage of legal jobs. But Charlotte Law’s problems only grew from there.
In November, the school was placed on probation by the American Bar Association for longstanding problems with admission, curriculum and bar exam test scores. A month later, the Department of Education made the school the first-ever accredited law school to lose access to the federal student-loan program. The department singled out Conison and school President Chidi Ogene and accused them of hiding the seriousness of the school’s shortcomings from current and prospective students.” [Emphasis mine]
The fact that Jay Conison will remain on the faculty at this FOURTH TIER DUNG PIT shows that the school is merely moving chairs on a sinking ship. If the commode was truly outraged by his conduct, they would have asked him to resign his position. Then again, the typical “law professor” has less honor and integrity than a street thug. Hell, even the common criminal has enough balls to rob you – without pretending that they are performing a “public service.”
OTTTTher DevelopmenTTTT$: On March 22, 2017, Charlotte NPR affiliate WFAE featured a report labeled “Charlotte School Of Law To Go Non-Profit As Part Of Overhaul.” The story is from Lisa Worf and Marshall Terry. Take a look at this revealing portion:
“Charlotte School of Law is on its way to becoming a non-profit. It's part of the plan to get the law school's federal loan money re-instated. WFAE's Lisa Worf has been following the school's struggles since the American Bar Association placed the law school on probation this past fall. She joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry.
MT: How would this work?
LW: The school's new dean, Scott Broyles, says the plan is to partner with a university in the northeast. InfiLaw, the company who now owns Charlotte School of Law, wouldn't make academic decisions, but, instead, deal with the school's day-to-day operations.
MT: How much of a difference would this change make? Is it a smokescreen?
LW: It's hard to say at this point. It's not clear how that agreement between the non-profit board and InfiLaw would work, nor how much the school would pay InfiLaw. But the plan also calls for faculty to play a bigger role in making academic decisions, starting with admissions standards. Here's Broyles:
SB: Kind of the hydraulic pressures that were out there moving us in the bad direction for the last few years as far as the quality of students, we've effectively removed all that…
MT: Is this enough to persuade the Department of Education to begin cutting federal loan checks again to Charlotte School of Law?
LW: That remains to be seen. A letter from the Department of Education in January didn't mention the option of re-instating federal loan money to the school back. It simply noted because the school hadn't agreed to close, students wouldn't have their federal loans forgiven. But Broyles says a few things have changed since then.
SB: The complaints that were out there, that were addressed by the ABA and then in part adopted by the DOE people, those have been resolved for practical purposes. They really don't have any reason to criticize the school going forward. And, secondly, it's a new administration.
LW: He's talking about the Department of Education under the Trump administration. Previously, the department was cracking down on for-profit colleges, but the current administration has a better view of them. Broyles thinks that'll help the school, even though the plan still is to become a non-profit.” [Emphasis mine]
How honorable, huh?!?!
Conclusion: As you can see, the cockroaches are trying to explore their opTTTTion$. The bitches and hags realize that there is less heat on for-profit cess pits, but they are also looking at joining a non-profit in the northeast United States. In the final analysis, the law school pigs will do and say anything to keep the gravy train of federal student loan money pouring into their troughs. Those who attend such trash heaps deserve their fate.
Posted by Nando at 4:59 AM
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Second Tier Sewer Dean David Faigman Posts LA Times Op-Ed Bitching About the California Bar Exam Being Too Difficult
Crocodile Tears: On March 21, 2017, David Faigman posted a Los Angeles Times op-ed, headlined “The California bar exam flunks too many law school graduates.” Take a look at this opening:
“I still remember opening the envelope with my California bar exam results. It’s one of those flashbulb memories. I passed, with more relief than joy. Much has changed since then. Graduates no longer open envelopes; they check scores on a computer. I was a professor then, and now I am the dean. But the basic experience has not changed. Thousands of graduates continue to hold their breath each fall as they check their scores. A lot depends on those results.
Graduates who fail face losing jobs already started, not getting jobs that were promised, debt, embarrassment and more debt. Simply taking the exam again costs more than $700, and add to that the cost of further bar review classes, living expenses in the meantime and income lost. All told, thousands more dollars may be piled onto law school debt that is increasingly well above $100,000.
Most of those who fail their first attempt eventually pass the bar on the second or third try. After each attempt, however, these graduates do not learn to be better lawyers, they simply learn how to beat the test. And the damage done from the initial failure can be great. In addition to the financial costs, they may find themselves timed out of promising professional opportunities that never reappear. Finally, there are the emotional and psychological costs that are possibly the most overwhelming consequence of even one failed attempt.
Given the stakes for the individual law graduate, as well as the state’s obligation to ensure that those given a license to practice law are qualified, one would think the state bar, which administers the test, would have sound reasons for how it sets the line — the “cut score” — between passing and failing. If you thought that about California, you would be mistaken.” [Emphasis mine]
You consign your students to outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, but you are focusing on $700 for an applicant to re-take the bar exam?!?! That is the “logic” of law school pigs. Of course, these bastards are going to teach you how to “think like a lawyer.” By the way, have you ever laughed at how these supposed wordsmiths and “scholars” keep using this grammatically incorrect phrase?
Earlier Coverage: Back on December 6, 2016, Joe Patrice authored an ATL entry labeled “Who’s To Blame For School’s ‘Horrific’ Bar Results? Maybe The California Bar Examiners.” Enjoy the following segment:
“The California Bar Examiners have sent letters to law schools informing them of their passage rates. For UC Hastings, acting Dean David Faigman was on the receiving end of “horrific” news. The July 2016 passage rate for first-time takers from Hastings was a mere 51 percent.
Faigman certainly doesn’t sugarcoat it in a message sent to the Hastings community. He calls it unacceptable. He highlights that the school is 11 points below the state average. He outlines concrete efforts the school will make to help those who failed. He explains that he’s already taken steps designed to improve passage rates going forward. You can read his entire message and evaluate his proposals for yourself here.
And while some alums are understandably dissatisfied with what they see as the deeper problem born of slackening admission standards in the post-industry collapse world, at least this school is willing to be blunt about its bar exam problem instead of hiding behind a wall of obfuscation…
As an aside, let me express my utter incredulity with the conduct of the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. The pass-rate for first-time takers of ABA accredited California law schools was 62%. In comparison, New York’s bar-pass rate was 83%. The California Bar is effectively saying that 38% of graduates from ABA accredited law schools are not qualified to practice law. This is outrageous and constitutes unconscionable conduct on the part of a trade association that masquerades as a state agency.
However shameful the State Bar’s conduct, it does not relieve us of our obligation to fully prepare our students to pass the bar exam.” [Emphasis mine]
Your admi$$ion$ “standards” keep dropping, ass-wipe. Is that the state bar examiners’ fault?!
The Toilet’s Tuition: As you can see, estimated in-state tuition and fees for full-time students at University of California, Hastings Commode of the Law stand at $48,971 – for the 2017-2018 school year. Non-residents attending on a full-time basis will be ass-raped to the tune of $54,971 in tuition and fees, for the same academic year. Still want to take the plunge, waterhead?!?!
Check Out the Trash Pit’s Ranking: According to the cat litter box liner known as US “News” & World Report, the Univer$iTTy of California Ha$TTing$ Commode of the Law is co-rated as the 54th greatest, most fantastic and remarkable law school in the entire damn country! At least it only shares this “distinct honor” with two other diploma mills: University of Connecticut and University of Houston.
Conclusion: David Faigman is your typical academic con man. He takes no responsibility for his actions or those of his ABA-accredited dung heap. If the toilet takes in dumber students, in order to get more asses in seats, the resultant drop in bar passage rates is the the fault of somone else, i.e. lazy-ass JDs or the state bar examiners. How honorable, huh?!?!
Posted by Nando at 12:54 AM
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Bend Over: On March 16, 2017, Matt Leichter posted a Law School Tuition Bubble piece that was labeled “ Only 13 Law Schools Didn’t Report 2016 Graduate Debt to U.S. News.” Take a look at this opening:
“Each year U.S. News & World Report lists law schools by the average indebtedness of their graduates. Importantly, the figures exclude accrued interest, which can be quite considerable. However, these numbers are probably the best estimate of the cost of attendance at a particular law school presented in a comparable form. The ABA does not publicize graduate debt in the 509 information reports, making U.S. News an unfortunately necessary source.
Here’s the debt table. A recurring problem in U.S. News’ debt data is law schools that misreport their graduating students’ annual debt as opposed to their cumulative debt, which is what the magazine asks for. Thus, I include last year’s numbers for illustration and encourage ridicule of law schools that cannot follow basic directions, but I welcome corrections.
# SCHOOL 2015 DEBT 2016 DEBT PCT. CHANGE
1. Thomas Jefferson 172,726 182,411 5.6%
2. Whittier 148,316 179,056 20.7%
3. San Francisco 162,434 167,671 3.2%
4. New York University 166,022 167,646 1.0%
5. Georgetown 160,606 166,027 3.4%
6. American 160,274 164,194 2.4%
7. Golden Gate 143,740 161,809 12.6%
8. Columbia 168,627 159,769 -5.3%
9. John Marshall (Chicago) 162,264 158,888 -2.1%
10. Florida Coastal 160,942 158,878 -1.3%” [Emphasis mine]
Still want to take the plunge, Dumbass?!?! Would you also like the waiter to pour toilet water in your soup the next time you go to your favorite sit down restaurant? Perhaps, you wouldn’t mind paying your senile neighbor $8,000 in cash for his 1989 Buick LeSabre – with 298K miles on the odometer.
Later on, Leichter points out the following:
“And per this post’s title, here’s the List of Shame: Law schools that chose not to submit their graduates’ debt information to U.S. News, along with their last-reported figures and the year in which they reported them. Thanks to the gainful employment rule, I was able to track down median graduate debt at three for-profits. As I am merciful, I exclude the three Puerto Rico law schools from this count.
Arizona Summit [Phoenix] – $178,263 [2015, median, for-profit]
Atlanta’s John Marshall – $161,910 [2015, median, for-profit]
Charlotte – $145,834 [2015, median, for-profit]
Touro – $154,855 (2014)
Southwestern – $147,976 (2012)
Thomas (FL) – $140,808 (2014)
New England – $132,246 (2013)
WMU Cooley – $122,395 (2012)
Appalachian – $114,740 (2012)
La Verne – $112,628 (2012)
Texas Southern – $99,992 (2012)
Concordia – NEVER
Indiana Tech – NEVER [Emphasis in original]
Here’s a rule of thumb: if you are considering a particular cesspit to piss away the next three years of your life – and those bastards do not disclose their most recent average law student indebtedness figures – do not apply! It’s that simple. If you wouldn’t rent an apartment without stepping inside the place first, why the hell would you make such a HUGE financial decision without this vital info?!?! You would likely refrain from purchasing a moderately priced piece of art, without a certificate of authenticity from a reputable firm. Frankly, you wouldn't buy from a store that doesn't offer returns. Don’t toss your brain in the trash when looking at law schools. Exercise some critical judgment.
Straight From USN&WR: Here is the direct source, for Leichter’s figures. I know that people love the latest rankings each year. Hell, it’s about the only thing keeping this magazine even remotely relevant. However, as we all know if you’re attending the 40th, 57th, or 89th “best” law school in the county, it doesn’t really matter for your future job prospects. The only difference might be the debt you incur – depending on cost of living, tuition discounts, and whether your commode is private or public. Last year, Bob Morse went with an idiotic format – in which he listed ABA diploma mills by state, which were listed by alphabetic order.
Conclusion: If you are still seeking to attend law school, with all the available evidence showing that it is a terrible gamble for the vast majority of students, then you are a simpleton. At least, now you can access the charts above so that you don’t completely ruin yourself financially, in the process of attaining a “legal education.” Look at the top 10 list, cited by Leichter. Only NYU and Columbia are highly rated, and Georgetown is historically a “top 14” diploma mill. The rest are festering piles of garbage.
What will your employment outlook be coming out of a place such as TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law, WhiTTTTier, or Florida Coa$TTTTal? Even if you perform better than the average sucker enrolled at those dung heaps, decent law firms and workplaces will still see that name on your resume or cover letter. Good luck, Bitch. That’s akin to asking out a lovely woman – right after disclosing that you have a rash on your balls.
Posted by Nando at 7:33 AM
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Transcontinental TTTT Partnership: Arizona Summit Law Sewer Has Affiliated With HBCU Bethune-Cookman University
Desperation at Arizona Summit Continues: On March 10, 2017, Elie Mystal covered this silly nonsense in an ATL entry labeled “Arizona Summit: Now Counting On Black People Not Knowing How To Use Google.” He comes out swinging:
“As we mentioned in Morning Docket, legal diploma mill Arizona Summit Law School has entered into an affiliation agreement with Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college.
This seems like a good time to mention that Bethune-Cookman is in Florida while Arizona Summit is in… Arizona. I want this point to be clear.
Officials from Bethune-Cookman and Arizona Summit say that they’ve entered into this transcontinental arrangement to further their mutual goals of increasing diversity in the legal profession. Here are some quotes:
“This enables us to take it to a much higher level sooner, swifter and with greater impact,” Arizona Summit President Donald Lively said.
Bethune-Cookman President Edison Jackson said in a statement, “Together, we aim to be a leading force in disrupting a legacy of exclusion that has persisted into the 21st century.”
With all due respect to Mr. Lively and Mr. Jackson, these quotes represent some of the dumbest takes on legal education available in the English language. NOTHING THAT THEY ARE SAYING MAKES ANY SENSE.
To Edison Jackson, I’d ask: How, how in the ACTUAL F**K, does sending students to a law school that boasts a 25% first-time bar passage rate disrupt “a legacy of exclusion that has persisted into the 21st century”? NEWS FLASH: Black people who have been to law school but don’t pass the bar ARE STILL EXCLUDED FROM THE LEGAL INDUSTRY. This is like saying that we’re going to increase diversity in the medical profession by giving every black child a free game of Operation.
Sorry, my analogy fails because Arizona Summit is NOT FREE. The school charges $45,424, for its for-profit education, and then there’s another $22,100 to live in Phoenix for a year.
Going to a law school like Arizona Summit doesn’t help black people, it hobbles them. Economically disadvantaged minorities are in a terrible position to shoulder the (LST-estimated) $249,469 cost of three years of attendance, only to graduate with an education that doesn’t prepare them to pass the bar and a degree that is practically worthless. I mean, my God, the Arizona Summit bar passage rate is their rate in Arizona. CAN YOU IMAGINE what the pass rate is for Arizona Summit grads who try to pass the Florida bar? Bethune-Cookman grads who go out to Arizona Summit are likely leaving behind family, friends, their entire community network (see MAP, above). THEY’LL NEVER RETURN, not as employed lawyers at least. I don’t know the employment rate for Arizona Summit grads in any Southeastern legal market, but if I put the over/under at 2%, would you really feel great about taking the over?” [Emphasis mine]
This man speaks the truth about the law school scam, and he roasted the pigs at Arizona $ummiTTTT Law Sewer accordingly. This is a FOR-PROFIT, FOURTH TIER TRASH CAN in the InfiLaw system – which is owned and operated by Chicago-based, private equity firm Sterling Partners. Do you think – for one millisecond – that the “professors” and shareholders give one goddamn about black students from Bethune-Cookman?!?! They just see them as dollar signs/marks.
Other Coverage: Also on March 10, 2017, the Arizona Republic published an Anne Ryman piece that was entitled “Arizona Summit Law School moves to affiliate with a private, nonprofit university.” Check out this excerpt:
“Arizona Summit has won awards for its diverse student population, which is about 43 percent minority students.
Many of the Summit’s students come to law school in a “catch-up mode,” Interim Dean Penny Willrich said in a recent interview with The Arizona Republic. Some are from poor families. They are astute, bright and want to become attorneys, she said.
“What we try to do is meet our students where they are when they come in the door,” she said.
But legal experts and law-school watchdogs question whether Arizona Summit admitted too many students. The school, formerly known as the Phoenix School of Law, once had as many as 1,000 students as it admitted more students with lower Law School Admission Test scores.
That, combined with a change in curriculum, resulted in fewer students passing the bar on the first try, officials said.” [Emphasis mine]
Who gives a damn about the toilet’s awards for diversity in enrollment?!?! If their goal is to increase the number of minority lawyers, they are failing miserably. Furthermore, how many black and brown students at Arizona $ummiTTTT Law Sewer have been financially ruined/ass-raped by attending this cesspit?!
Conclusion: If you’re a moron still considering law school, don’t even contemplate attending a FOURTH TIER TRASH CAN, let alone a for-profit one. Furthermore, do not enroll in a pile of excrement with a first-time Arizona bar passage rate of 24.7 percent! In fact, it’s a good idea to forget about going to a commode that pays its recent graduates - on separate occasions, $5,000 to as much as $36,000 in stipends per student - to NOT take the bar exam. This rancid garbage heap is partnering with a historically black college or university that is more than 2,100 miles away. That is the essence of desperation, people. When these young men and women are unable to get licensed, the swine will blame it on the state board of examiners or “institutional racism.” But that is a ruse, as the cockroaches will have cashed dozens more federal student loan checks. And that is the name of the game!
Posted by Nando at 4:35 AM
Friday, March 10, 2017
Crooklyn Law School Pig Nicolas Allard is Happy to Use “Social Justice” to Attract and Fleece More Students
Allard Sticks His Hoof in His Snout Again: On February 24, 2017, Pig Nicolas Allard added an excrementitious opinion piece labeled An unexpected Trump effect: Lawyer as hero.” Take a look at this filth that appeared in The Hill:
“Almost single handedly, President Trump has made lawyers the breakout stars in the early days of his new administration.
Legal experts in immigration and refugee law, international trade, religious freedom, and the constitutional powers of the executive branch have, seemingly overnight, become regular guests on network and cable news, quoted on front pages of national newspapers, and gained thousands of followers on social media.
Law schools can seize this moment and, like the generation inspired by Woodward and Bernstein to pursue careers in journalism, lead the renaissance in legal education that would revive a profession in need of an injection of youth, idealism, and high-tech savvy.
Lawyers are playing a central role in this grand national civics class that we have been called to attend. With in-depth legal knowledge and an encyclopedic sense of history, these men and women — judges, law practitioners, scholars, and law students — have raised our collective consciousness (with the help of musical theater’s Alexander Hamilton) about the important role lawyers and the law have played in the founding of our nation and the ongoing stability of our system conferred by the adherence to the rule of law.
The armies of lawyers and law students that descended on major airports across the country in the wake of the president’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, as lawyers from the ACLU prepared their case to stay the ban in federal court, inspired a sense of pride in the profession not experienced in years.
Many of our students and faculty members were standing outside the United States courthouse in downtown Brooklyn in the cold January night cheering with thousands of others as the lawyers bounded down the stairs with the court-ordered stay in their hands.” [Emphasis mine]
Congratulations, Lard Ass. Your students and faculty members were mere cheerleaders in this great “civil awakening.” Then again, that was probably the most “productive” your “legal scholars” have been in years. Unless, of course, you count reading the Washington Post and doing the New York Times crossword puzzle as “work.”
Later on, the fat swine – who appears to have not missed a meal in decades – chortled over his garbage pit, Crooklyn Law School, seeing a 12 percent increase in applications last year. And that is all that matters to these devils. There are so many holes in this bastard’s “argument,” a ten year old could rip it to shreds. First, lawyers and legislators at this nation’s founding played a central role in legalizing slavery and in classifying black men and women as “chattel.” Plus, bar passage rates are declining around the country – largely because the commodes are admitting more cretins and simpletons. Also, should one take on $180K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for a chance to become a “good, public-spirited lawyer”?!
Law Student Busts Up Allard’s Weak Case: On March 4, 2017, Alexander Grass – a student at the Benjamin N. Cardozo Sewer of Law at Ye$hiva Univer$ity – wrote a great response in Learn Liberty. That article was entitled “Social justice lawyers” won’t save law school.” Here are a couple of excerpts of Grass wiping his ass with Allard’s snout:
“Last Friday, the Dean of Brooklyn Law School, Nicholas Allard, published an op-ed in The Hill that theorized a recent minor uptick in the number of law school applications was due to “the intense interest among many Millennials in issues of social justice and the urge to make a positive difference.”
More specifically, Dean Allard pointed to the hordes of attorneys and law students that packed airport terminals in January to provide counsel to visitors caught up in President Trump’s poorly conceived immigration ban. In the dean’s opinion, these activists inspired new law school applicants “like the generation inspired by Woodward and Bernstein to pursue careers in journalism.”
There are entrenched, systemic problems in legal education — over-valued sticker prices, nearly insurmountable student loan debt, curricular requirements that skimp on teaching real lawyering practices — that guarantee law school is a bad choice for many or most students. Dean Allard is making an emotional appeal, but the truth is that legal education is undergoing permanent changes. These changes mean that fewer students should go to law school, constitutional crisis or not.” [Emphasis mine]
That was a nice, stiff combination to Nicholas Allard’s head, snapping his head and hot dog neck back a bit. The cockroach can only make an emotional appeal, preying on idealistic young people, because that is all he has left in his “arsenal.” Now, for the knockout blow:
“Even if, as Dean Allard imagines, future law students are ready to charge the gates in the name of social justice, they still have to pass the bar exam. With historically low pass rates at both the state and national level — only 43 percent passed California’s 2016 bar exam, for instance — many law school alumni won’t even become lawyers.
Dean Allard is begging for an injection of underqualified lawyers into a market whose growth has been steadily declining for decades. Or, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts it, “more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available.”
The dean has no proposal about what to do with the steadily growing pool of law students who can’t become attorneys. Instead, he offers hollow platitudes about how we’ve “lost sight of how critically relevant lawyers are to the social order,” and how there’s “precious little understanding of … the role lawyers play in bringing to fruition all the benefits of our constitutional guarantees.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: In the final analysis, Nicholas Allard is a cockroach who will do and say anything – in order to get more asses in seats at his second tier sewer. He is no different from the deans and “presidents” at the other ABA-accredited diplomas, other than perhaps being a little more portly and aggressive in defending the law school scam in public forums. Hell, since 2014 he has been constantly bitching about the bar exam being “too difficult.” Ask yourself the following: Would you buy a used car from this bastard?!
Posted by Nando at 3:51 AM
Sunday, March 5, 2017
TTTT Signs of Desperation: Arizona Summit Law Sewer Shells Out $36,000 Stipend to Induce Individual Graduates to Delay Taking the Bar Exam
Paying Grads to Delay: On February 27, 2017, the ABA Journal featured a Stephanie Francis Ward piece entitled “Will delaying the exam, adding training help Arizona Summit students pass the bar.” Check out this meaty opening:
“A year ago, Kelly Blake was stressed out. The Arizona Summit School of Law graduate was studying for the state bar and suspected that her chance at passing was about 50 percent.
“A bar coach told me that if I was having doubts, there was this program coming up,” says Blake, referring to the school’s Legal Residency Program. To participate in it, Arizona Summit graduates delayed taking a bar exam, and in exchange got four months of specialized bar review courses, optional law clerk positions and a stipend of approximately $36,000.
It was open to all Arizona Summit graduates planning to take a bar exam, but the school does not it encourage it for people who appear ready for the test, Alan Mamood, the program’s lead instructor, says.
Blake decided to join the program. The January 2015 graduate and 35 other program participants were expected to take the February 2017 bar exam.
“I had studied all summer for the bar and I wanted to take it, but I had not secured a job and I have four children,” says Tracy Gillespie, another 2015 Arizona Summit graduate in the pilot program. “It’s a great opportunity the school offers for those people who for whatever reason are not able to really get the full studying the first time around,” Gillespie says.
A for-profit law school that is part of the Infilaw System, Arizona Summit had a bar passage rate of 24.6 percent for its July 2016 first-time test takers.
Some law school critics accuse the school of paying students to sit out the bar exam as a way to increase bar passage rates. The cynical view is that money spent on the pilot project could be a cost of doing business for the law school, which has 279 students and charges $45,424 for annual, full-time tuition.
Donald Lively, the law school’s president, objects to accusations that his school’s legal residency program is meant as a tool to deceive people.
“No one is bought off. All we’re trying to do is come up with an innovative solution for what has been a very vexing problem,” Lively says. “We bring in students who are in catch-up mode. They’ve gone to schools in less advantaged communities, and many have not had the same level of quality education as people who grew up in more fortunate circumstances.” [Emphasis mine]
Do you like how the name of the scheme tries to give this garbage a ring of legitimacy? Yes, what decent law firm wouldn’t want to hire some cretin who attended a FOURTH TIER TRASH CAN and its Legal Residency Program?!?! I’m sure Hiring Partners are falling all over themselves to snag up several of these award winners! By the way, Cockroach Donald Lively: if you are so concerned about your students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, then maybe you shouldn’t charge $45,354 in full-time tuition for the 2016-2017 school year!!
Prior Coverage: If this story sounds familiar, that is because the swine at this private toilet tried this before, although the dollar amount then was smaller. On October 16, 2016, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Law School Posts Worst Bar Exam Passage Rates In Its Existence, Drags Down Entire State’s Passage Rates.” Read the following portion and ask yourself if this school is serving the “profession”:
“This summer, we regaled our readers with the tale of one for-profit law school’s plan to keep its low-performing students from taking the bar exam — and then failing the bar exam — immediately following graduation. The law school now requires that all students with GPAs below a 3.33 take and pass a mock bar exam as a graduation requirement, knowing full well that such a requirement may preclude countless students from being able to graduate and further sully their otherwise abysmal bar exam passage rates.
Prior to implementing this plan, the law school allegedly offered graduates a four-month, intensive bar preparation program with a $5,000 stipend and called graduates the day before the exam and offering a $10,000 stipend for them to defer taking it. The institution in question is Arizona Summit Law School (formerly known as the Phoenix School of Law), and now that the results from the July 2016 administration of the Arizona bar are out, it’s time to see if anything this school has done to better prepare its graduates for the test has worked out. Thus far, nothing has helped Summit graduates[.] [Emphasis mine]
The bar results were still BEYOND PATHETIC! I guess this commode will never learn. Then again, a piece of trash named Neil Vincent Wake tossed out a lawsuit against Arizona $ummiTTTT for fraud and misrepresentation on December 27, 2016. Nice Christmas gift to the school, pig! You can damn near always count on politicians in black robes to do what is favorable to the Establishment.
Conclusion: If you are still considering law school, after the mountain range of evidence that shows it is a stupid decision for the vast majority of students, then at least have enough brain cells to not apply to Arizona $ummiTTTT Law Sewer. The for-profit dung heap is rated as a FOURTH TIER CESSPIT every single damn year by “US “News” & World Report. The school is part of InfiLaw, which is owned by Sterling Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Do you think – for one goddamn microsecond – that the “professors” or their investors give one single solitary droplet of excrement what happens to you?!?!
Posted by Nando at 6:48 AM
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Booyah!: On February 28, 2017, the Albany Business Review published a piece from the Teutonic Shannon Sweeney, under the headline “Albany Law School raising tuition as enrollment declines.” Check out this sweet-ass opening:
“Albany Law School will increase tuition by 3 percent this fall for incoming and second-year students.
That increase brings tuition to $45,882 a year — up from $45,546 this year. The private school's board met Friday to set the tuition rates, as first reported by the Times Union. Third-year students will pay $45,436 and fourth-year students will pay $34,007.
Alicia Ouellette, the dean and president of Albany Law School, announced the increase in an email to students on Saturday morning.
"The decision to increase tuition is never made lightly," Ouellette said in the email. "The main objective when considering tuition increase is balancing the educational needs of our student body with the school's financial responsibilities."
Albany Law School's announcement echoes a nationwide trend of increasing tuitions — and declining enrollments — at law schools across the country. Nationally, law school tuition has increased dramatically since 1985, according to the American Bar Association.” [Emphasis mine]
Still want to take the plunge, Stupid?!?! I like how Pig Alicia Ouelette chortled “The decision to increase tuition is never made lightly.” That’s easy for you to say, swine. You aren’t the one who will be saddled with an additional $5,000 or more in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a TTT law degree. Did you happen to mention this in your recruiting materials?
Now, scroll down to this concluding paragraph:
“Albany Law School has seen enrollment decline the past few years — in 2013, the school had 600 students enrolled. This fall, the school had 397 students enrolled, according to the Business Review's College and Universities List. Nationwide, law school enrollment has declined since 2010.” [Emphasis mine]
You’re welcome, bitches! By the way, it’s always funny to see local reporters cite to the nationwide drop in law students, as if that lessens one particular trash pit’s falling numbers. Nice try, Shannon.
Other Coverage: On February 27, 2017, the Albany Times Union featured a Bethany Bump article simply entitled “Albany Law tuition climbs.” Take a look at the following portion:
“Tuition at Albany Law School will increase 3 percent this fall to $45,882 for incoming and second-year students, school officials announced in an email to students Saturday.
The board of trustees met last Friday to set tuition rates. Tuition for third-year students will be $45,436 and tuition for fourth-year students, who pay three-quarters of the full rate, will be $34,007.
School leaders offered few explanations for the increase beyond the need to balance the school's financial responsibilities with the educational needs of the student body.
"The decision to increase tuition is never made lightly," said President and Dean Alicia Ouellette in the email. "Recognizing the significant financial stress that students and prospective students are under, the board and administration sought to keep the 2017-2018 increase as small as possible while ensuring that we continue to deliver a first-rate legal education."
School officials did not respond to a request for comment Monday. According to the email sent Saturday, Ouellette and other deans at the school will be available to answer questions about the increase at an open session in early March.
"I can assure you that the faculty, staff and administration are working hard to achieve efficiencies and keep costs down for our students without affecting the educational mission of the school and the direct services students receive," Ouellette said.” [Emphasis mine]
How can a festering garbage heap offer a “first-rate legal education,” Alicia?! How does that work exactly? While pompous “professors” at Yale and Harvard also read the same teacher’s education and rehash the same lecture notes for the last 20 years, those students will have a premier name on their diploma and every resume that they send out. Biglaw firms, federal pig “judges” and agencies will continue to hire them. Can you say the same for your cesspool?!?! Also, did you and your “professors” take a pay cut to help defray the cost increase?
The Toilet’s Ranking: According to US”News” & World Report, Albany Law Sewer is rated as the 129th greatest, most remarkable and brilliant law school in the entire goddamn country. What an accomplishment, huh?!?! The fact that it merely shares this distinction with one other commode, $anTTTa Clara Univer$iTTTy, shows that this is such a prestigious honor.
Conclusion: Albany Law Sewer is a GROSSLY OVERPRICED third tier pile of waste. Do you understand that if you attend this dung pit, you will effectively have a permanent stench associated with you?!?! When your cover letters and resumes feature the name “Albany Law School,” hiring partners and their secretaries will laugh until they cry. Your writing sample will serve as a napkin for spilled coffee on oak tables. When decent law firms don’t even bother to send you a one-line email thanking your for your interest in the position, you will understand better. Name brand matters GREATLY in the legal field. Now, you will be required to take on more student loan debt for the “privilege” of working in toiletlaw – or selling insurance policies.
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