1. Sticker shock alert. Think you'll run just $150,000 in debt if you go to law school? Puhleez—that is so last year. Here's what Law School Transparency projects you'll owe if you graduate in the class of 2015: $210,769. And for the class of 2016: $216,406. Really, aren't there more fun ways to go into bankruptcy?
2. The Fabulous 15: More law schools to dodge. I got a lot of flak for posting "Nine Law Schools to Avoid," which lists poorly ranked schools that come with big price tags. Some readers thought it was unfair that their school was listed. Frankly, my mistake was that I should have expanded the list. So many crummy law schools—and so little time!
Thankfully, Constitutional Daily is lending us a hand, crunching the numbers based on Law School Transparency employment data to come up with the 15 law schools that are bad investments—where there are more "underemployed" grads than "employed" ones. (Underemployment includes those who are "unemployed, in part-time jobs, nonprofessional jobs, or are pursuing another degree," says CD.)
So here's the latest list of law schools to avoid:
1. Ave Maria School of Law
2. Thomas M. Cooley Law School
3.Thomas Jefferson School of Law
4. John Marshall Law School
5. University of Detroit, Mercy
6. Florida Coastal School of Law
7. University of Toledo (see correction below)
8. Western New England College of Law
9. Chapman University
10. Whittier Law School
11. Barry University
12. University of San Francisco
13. Golden Gate University
14. Florida A&M University
15. Santa Clara University (see correction below)
You'll notice that there's some overlap with my previous list of nine schools to avoid (as always, Cooley is there, along with Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall). In any case, I urge you to click onto Constitutional Daily to get all the nitty-gritty stats.
2. Don't mess with Cooley Law School folks. The ABA Blog reports that Aminur Khan, a Cooley Law School grad, is suing a Michigan photo studio for using his photo without permission to advertise how it can retouch imperfections.
The photo studio "sent an e-mail to Cooley law students, including Khan's entire graduating class, touting its ability to retouch photos, the suit says." Khan, who has severe acne, is suing for violation of privacy rights, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
So Cooley might not have the best academic reputation in the world, but it does seem to do a good job of teaching law grads how to sue.
Correction to "The Fabulous 15" post above: University of Toledo and Santa Clara University should be taken off the list. Both schools informed us that Law School Transparency has revised their employment and unemployment scores.