Saturday, December 16, 2017

Fourth Tier Bundle of Waste: Belmont University College of Law

Tuition and Fees: Full-time law students at BelmonTTTT Univer$iTTTTy will be charged $41,760 in tuition – for the 2017-2018 academic year. Don’t forget to add the Consolidated Graduate Student Fee of $1,000 to that tab. Still on the fence about whether to take the plunge, idiot?

For those taking on educational debt for this TTTT product, you can expect a Loan Origination Fee of $1,100 as well. That brings the big-ass total to $43,860. Who wouldn’t want to attend a TTTT law school in Nashville – that first opened its TTTT doors in 2012 – at that bargain rate? After all, if it’s federal student loans, that is merely taxpayer money! Go ahead and take that three year break from the rat race.

Total Cost of Attendance: This same document lists the total budget – for 2017-2018 – as $69,070. The school derives at that amount by the following: tuition and fees of $42,760; books & supplies at $3,000; loan origination fee of $1,100; personal expenses at $2,550; room & board at $15,900; and transportation as $3,760.

Seeing that actual students will accumulate expenses over the entire calendar year – and not just for the nine months that they are enrolled in classes – we will prorate the following items: personal costs, room and board, and transportation. Doing so, we the reach the more accurate, total estimated COA of $76,473. Again, this is for a single year of TTTT “legal education.” Apparently, prospective law students are too stupid to figure out that this will almost certainly end with them in financial hell.

Ranking: At those prices, this school must have a sterling reputation among the academic and legal communities, right? Well, according to US “News” & World Report, BelmonTTTT Univer$iTTTTy College of Law is rated as a fourth tier piece of garbage. This defunct magazine now refers to this group as “Rank Not Published.”

What a thoughtful designation for those in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion$ not good enough to be listed in the top 148 ABA-accredited law schools in the nation. Hell, maybe it’s more impressive to not be among that large number. Perhaps, several of these cesspools do not have a fax machine – or enough volumes in their law libraries.

Employment Placement Statistics: Take a look at the commode’s ABA Employment Summary for 2016 Graduates. There were 69 members of this TTTT cohort. Of that amount, 61 reported being in full-time positions, within 10 months of earning their TTTT law degrees. This figure includes three grads who were in short-term jobs. That is an effective “placement” rate of 88.4 percent.

At least none of these TTTT grads were put in posts funded by the univer$ity or law $chool. Under Employment Type, you will see that 31 members of this TTTT class were employed by private law firms – including two who were working on a part-time basis. Two JDs were in firms of 101-250 attorneys, three were employed by offices of 251-500 lawyers, and one lucky graduate landed a job in a firm with more than 500 attorneys.

In contrast, two desperate fools started their own solo practices, 22 were reportedly employed in firms of 2-10 lawyers, and one graduate was hired by an office of 26-50 attorneys. By the way, one damn JD from this managed to land a federal court clerkship. Still like your odds of making it in the “profession,” lemming?

Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the BelmonTTTT Univer$iTTTTy JD Class of 2016 who incurred debt for law school - as $109,771. In fact, 77% of this school’s 2016 graduating class took on such toxic debt. Don’t forget that this amount does not include debt from undergrad, and it also doesn’t take accrued interest into consideration, while the student is enrolled in school.

It is notable that while BelmonTTTT Univer$iTTTTy COL is ranked in the fourth tier in terms of overall qualiTTTTy, the school ranks 90th highest in amount of average law student debt. I suppose that the school should at least be placed in the third tier, due to this tremendous accomplishment. Keep in mind that fully 23 percent of this TTTT class did not incur a single dime in student debt for their law degree. I’m certain that these will be the ones who can expect to have their influential father or uncle place a few phone calls on their behalf, so that they can land a nice job upon graduaTTTTion. But I’m sure that your “hard work” and perseverance will trump those connections and wealth!

Conclusion: If you are not from a thoroughly connected and rich family, then do not even consider attending this fourth tier dump. What’s the point of incurring an additional $125K+ in non-dischargeable debt for a law degree from something called Belmont University? Since the school has only been open since 2012, it has a tiny alumni base. If you leave the area to look for work, then you can expect prospective employers to ask you if this is an online school – or whether it is even accredited. In the event that does happen, try not to get that upset with the interviewer. It’s not their fault that you attended a trash pit.

Taking on such outrageous debt is beyond foolish. This is simply moronic, when anyone with an IQ above room temperate can recognize that a degree from a fourth tier law school will not open doors to decent jobs. The employment prospects for these recent graduates are anemic. Perhaps, you feel that a law degree will make you “important.” You are sadly mistaken. Your friends from college, and family members, will not be impressed with you when then see you wearing JC Penney suits and loafers. And women will not give you a second look when they see you driving a 15 year old Buick or sporting a $7 haircut.


  1. Belmont? What the fuck is that, a horse race?

    1. Former headquarters of the John Birch Society, America's premier paranoid outfit.

    2. I thought Orange County CA was the nerve center of JBS. When I was growing up there they had a huge presence in state and local politics.

    3. As demented and anti-worker as the Koch funded JBS was, it was at least ideological.
      Belmont was kicked out of the Baptist University system a few years ago for going multi-denomenational to bring in more bucks for the dean (800k salary).
      A scam pharmacy school comprising a bunch of bimbos straight out of graduation for 'clinicals' at a Target (no room for 7 pharm schools in the state), and a revolving door of fired pharmacy 'educators.'
      Stay away...

  2. What an unbelievable waste of money...and to be blunt, those employment statistics are dubious at best.

  3. No name school. New. Small enrollment. Probably small university endowment. No alumni base to speak of. Who signs on the dotted line for that?

  4. So many garbage law skools. But there's also a ton of buffoons in the country.

  5. I get my haircuts for 5 bucks at the Chinese barber.

  6. So glad I avoided law school. I grew up just outside Ronan, MOntana. Went to the local Native American college. Got my engineering degree. And now at age 31 I'm mkaing $85k. I wish all of you guys the best of luck. I'm just glad I didn't take this route. Wish the best to you guys out there.

  7. That roll of toilet paper will probably prove more useful and valuable than a Belmont JD. Hate to say it, but the paper used to print such a diploma is probably not even good enough to wipe one's ass.

  8. Law School Transparency performs a public service, by proving reports on each ABA-accredited diploma mill. Let’s take a look at how difficult it is to get into BelmonTTTT Univer$iTTTTy College of Law:

    First, the idiotic class that entered these TTTT halls in Fall 2016:

    25th percentile LSAT: 152
    50th percentile LSAT: 155
    75th percentile LSAT: 158
    25th percentile UGPA: 3.19
    50th percentile UGPA: 3.42
    75th percentile UGPA: 3.67

    Now, we will review the pathetic figures for those who started their “legal studies” at BelmonTTTT Univer$iTTTTy in Fall 2011:

    25th percentile LSAT: 151
    50th percentile LSAT: 154
    75th percentile LSAT: 157
    25th percentile UGPA: 2.94
    50th percentile UGPA: 3.29
    75th percentile UGPA: 3.55

    Surprisingly, this commode saw an increase in LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs in all six areas – from 2011 to 2016. Their first year enrollment was significantly larger in Fall 2011. They have 132 first year suckers in their opening year, whereas only 104 desperate fools entered in the Fall of 2016. Apparently, the toilet wanted to ensure a huge inaugural class – so they basically admitted anyone with a partially functioning brain stem.

    Employment Score: 68.1% for 2016 grads
    Under-Employment Score: 14.5% for 2016 grads
    2015 Bar Passage Rate: 93%
    Non-Discounted Cost: $247,687

    Still want to take the law school plunge, Stupid? If you need a law degree, for your ego or self-esteem, then you should have no problem with accumulating an additional $189,612.54 in non-dischargeable debt. Have fun repaying that loan amount, on your paltry $38K annual salary, genius.

  9. Here's a hint: only 11% of the applicants offered admission to Vanderbilt even decide to attend that 1st tier trap school.

    Nobody with a functioning brain stem should attend bottomfeeder Belmont, unless Dad is paying for it and has an established practice to set you up in. Even then, an iffy proposition given that legal work is drying up so fast.

  10. Is that two ply or single ply? Because two ply t.p. is worth more than a TTTT law diploma.

  11. I have heard the "old saw" regarding attending only if dad has an established firm...

    40 years out.

    Dad's don't live forever to protect child. Child needs some ability or child won't be able to fend off senior, non-child firm partners; child won't be able to satisfy clients. Child had better be a lot like "dad" as dad's clients will expect the same personality, wit, wisdom, judgment, and so on. I have seen many sons of established lawyers lose it all. This is not a business for the faint of heart. Nor the infirm. Clients and the courts expect you to have a pretty fair knowledge of the law and the discipline and fortitude to practice it responsibly. And your opposition-they will gladly bash your head to the nearest wall if you've not the wits to prevent it. May God help the weak who enter the law looking for an easy ride. Sell annuities, life insurance, or real estate-much much better living. Much easier.


  12. The Dean of this sewer is disgraced former Bush administration official Alberto Gonzales. You may recall, this sewer rat resigned from his post as attorney general after he was caught lying to Congress about the politically motivated firings of several U.S. Attorneys. Prior to serving as AG, he was White House Counsel and advocated for the use of torture in violation of the Geneva Convention. He also advocated warrantless NSA spying on American citizens. The pig struggled to find work after he resigned. In an interview, he compared himself to the US service members, Iraqi, and Afghan civilians killed or wounded because of the Bush administration’s fiascos. Gonzales said, “for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror." I personally know casualties of the so called war on terror devised by pigs like Gonzales. They rely on the VA for disability and health benefits. Pig Gonzales’ disability benefits must be the Federal student loan gravy train.

    1. Here is a portion of the welcome statement from the dean of Belmont University School of Law, Alberto Gonzales:

      “In my professional experience, lawyers are a tremendous force for good. At Belmont Law we believe lawyers have a special responsibility in American society. We value public service, and our goal is to produce leaders in the bar and in our community. We incorporate ethics, professionalism and integrity into everything we do. We believe law students become professionals on the day they enter law school and not on the day they graduate.

      During my career as a lawyer I have witnessed numerous changes in our profession. For one, law firms today expect new lawyers to “hit the ground running.” Consequently, the Belmont Law faculty of experienced teachers, scholars and practicing attorneys integrate traditional legal analysis and practical legal skills, with the goal of graduating practice-ready attorneys for today’s global market.

      Additionally, today it is more common for someone with a law degree to have multiple careers with different employers. A quality legal education is the foundation that provides the flexibility to pursue one’s dreams. At Belmont Law we take seriously our obligation to help prepare our students to make the choices that will lead to a more productive and satisfying life.”

      Does this TTTT have a torture law clinic? I know that the nation was dealing with a serious threat, but it’s Orwellian that this memo was labeled “Humane Treatment of Taliban and al Qaeda members.” Then again, it was authored primarily by a “law professor.”

      Regarding the passage from the welcome message above, it seems that the dean did not cite to his work pushing that memo as an example of lawyers being “a tremendous force for good.” He also fails to explain how a new law school – with a tiny alumni base – will help a freshly-minted attorney to “hit the ground running.” We all know that “legal educators” who practiced law for about eight minutes, more than 20 years ago, will not be able to make students practice-ready for today’s job market. This is especially the case at a fourth tier institution of "higher learning."

      The dean also tries to normalize students to the fact that they will typically have several careers, and many different employers, even with their JD. However, he omitted to mention that many of those jobs will be in areas such as insurance sales, hotel night desk clerk, doc review monkey. Apparently, those various “careers” will result in “a more productive and satisfying life.” I’m sure that trying to repay an additional $130K+ in non-dischargeable debt – on a paltry salary – will lead to peace of mind and an increase in quality of life.

  13. OTLSS profile of Belmont from way back:


    On February 6, 2017, the univer$ity'$ office of communications published a press release entitled "Belmont University College of Law Announces the Launch of Two Journals." Here is the full text of that groundbreaking announcement:

    "Belmont University College of Law has announced the introduction of two academic e-journals, the Health Law Journal and the Criminal Law Journal. Both journals compliment the College’s two certificate programs. The addition of these journals extends Belmont Law’s focus in these areas of legal practice.

    In addition to the publication of the e-journals, each journal will host an annual symposium. This year, the Health Law Journal Symposium, “What’s Next? The Movement from Volume to Value-based Healthcare Delivery,” was held on Friday, January 27 and included keynote speaker Congressman Jim Cooper. The Criminal Law Journal Symposium, “Belmont Criminal Law Journal Symposium: Practical Perspectives on Issues in Criminal Law,” is scheduled for Friday, February 10 and will include Belmont Professor Torry Johnson."

    Apparently, this ABA-accredited toilet has not yet started a torture law journal or waterboarding clinic. By the way, how many people work in that communication office? Look on the top right side of the page:


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