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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Unbelievable
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:17:30 PM »
African-American students at Washington and Lee law are protesting the continuing racism at Washington and Lee law. Here are their demands

"1. We demand that the University fully recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus.

2. We demand that the University stop allowing neo-confederates to march on campus with confederate flags on Lee-Jackson Day.

3. We demand that the University immediately remove all confederate flags from its property and premises, including those flags located within Lee Chapel.

4. We demand that the University issue an official apology for the University’s participation in chattel slavery, including a denunciation of General Robert E. Lee’s participation in slavery.

If the school does not act by SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 we WILL engage in civil disobedience." [http://abovethelaw.com/2014/04/wherein-black-people-have-to-go-to-school-with-confederates/#more-312824]

It is astonishing that an educational institution would still be honoring the confederacy and the confederate flag 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Why would any African-American want to go to Washington and Lee? Why would any right thinking person want to go to Washington and Lee?

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Washington and Lee / Unbelievable!
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:10:50 PM »
African-American students at Washington and Lee law are protesting the continuing racism at Washington and Lee law. Here are their demands

"1. We demand that the University fully recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus.

2. We demand that the University stop allowing neo-confederates to march on campus with confederate flags on Lee-Jackson Day.

3. We demand that the University immediately remove all confederate flags from its property and premises, including those flags located within Lee Chapel.

4. We demand that the University issue an official apology for the University’s participation in chattel slavery, including a denunciation of General Robert E. Lee’s participation in slavery.

If the school does not act by SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 we WILL engage in civil disobedience." [http://abovethelaw.com/2014/04/wherein-black-people-have-to-go-to-school-with-confederates/#more-312824]

It is astonishing that an educational institution would still be honoring the confederacy and the confederate flag 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Why would any African-American want to go to Washington and Lee? Why would any right thinking person want to go to Washington and Lee?

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The ABA has just released the law graduate outcomes for 2013 and it's another bad year for Washington and Lee. The school placed 100th on the "Percent Employed Full-Time/Long-Term Bar Passage-Required Jobs (Excluding Law-School-Funded Jobs)" list. [http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2014/04/aba-releases-.html]
Their full-time long-term score was up some, but its Underemploment score was 35% compared to 31.5% in 2012. [http://www.lstscorereports.com/schools/wl/2013/]

The big problem for W & L though is its poor yield of accepted applicants for fall 2013.  Its yield was second worse of all ABA law schools at 12% bettering only UC Davis. [http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/legal_education_and_admissions_to_the_bar/statistics/2013_fall_aba_approved_law_school_entering_class_information.authcheckdam.pdf] The poor enrollment yield is even more evidence that W & L' experiential program is having no effect. Its certainly not attracting students or employers.

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Hofstra law dropped another 22 points this year.  In just two years its gone from 89 to 135.

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Washington and Lee / Washington & Lee Drops 17 Places in US News.
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:49:40 AM »
W & L has dropped 17 places in this years US News going from 26 to 43. I wouldn't be surprised to see this continue next year. Its main competition William & Mary went up 9 places to 24.

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Minority Topics / End Merit Scholarships
« on: January 23, 2014, 01:15:02 AM »
People complain about affirmative action but what about the merit scholarships the law schools are giving to students with advantages to boost their u.s. new rank.  Students with advantages get these scholarships while people of color pay for them with higher tuition.  I would call this racial exploitation. Law deans who claim to be in favor of social justice are making people of color pay more for law school than students with advantages. They know that people of color come into law school with lower gpas and lsats because of poverty and discrimination but they don't care.  U.S. news rank is what matters not social justice. Then people of color are getting the low paying jobs or no jobs at all. This puts people of color into high debt. This is racial exploitation. These merit scholarships must end.

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Affirmative Action / Time to End Merit Scholarships
« on: January 23, 2014, 01:13:12 AM »
People complain about affirmative action but what about the merit scholarships the law schools are giving to students with advantages to boost their u.s. new rank.  Students with advantages get these scholarships while people of color pay for them with higher tuition.  I would call this racial exploitation. Law deans who claim to be in favor of social justice are making people of color pay more for law school than students with advantages. They know that people of color come into law school with lower gpas and lsats because of poverty and discrimination but they don't care.  U.S. news rank is what matters not social justice. Then people of color are getting the low paying jobs or no jobs at all. This puts people of color into high debt. This is racial exploitation. These merit scholarships must end.

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Washington and Lee / Washington and Lee Graduates Salaries Decline
« on: November 11, 2013, 02:43:38 PM »
Not only have W & L's job placement percentages declined significantly, so have the starting salaries for their recent graduates.  For the graduating class of 2009, the median starting salary was $90,000. For the 2012 class, it was 57,404.  In addition, the 75th percentile salary for 2009 was $160,000, while for 2012 it was $70,000. Finally, the mean went from $102,491 to $68,220. http://law.wlu.edu/admissions/ninemonthdata.asp

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / New Law School Rankings
« on: October 30, 2013, 12:42:39 PM »

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Hofstra U School of Law / Paul Campos on Hofstra Law
« on: October 09, 2013, 07:24:14 PM »
Paul Campos has some interesting comments on Hofstra law. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2013/10/dealing-with-the-crash-pt-3 "Hofstra’s law school is a classic example of an institution whose very reason for being has become at the least highly questionable. Located in the hyper-saturated New York City-area legal market (there are about 15 law schools within 100 miles of its campus), Hofstra nominally charges a preposterous $49,500 in annual tuition and fees, even though half of the 2012 graduating class didn’t get legal jobs, and a grand total of 17% of graduates reported salaries of $55,000 or more nine months after graduation."

"Over the last three years Hofstra has, even more than American, defenestrated its admission standards. Three years ago the entering class’s median GPA was 3.58; this fall it is 3.14 (This latter figure is now lower than that of all but a handful of bottom-tier law schools with frankly quasi-open admissions policies). Over the past two years the entering class’s median LSAT has gone from 159 (77.6th percentile) to 154 (59.7th); a quarter of the new entering class has LSAT scores lower than those of the average test-taker."

"As for actual tuition revenues, Hofstra is notorious for giving “scholarships” to about two-thirds of students who matriculate — actually straight discounts on nominal tuition — that more than half of these recipients lose, because retention requires remaining in the top 40% of the class." "On the other hand, if Hofstra’s law school has, like so many other schools, engaged in profligate spending over the past few years while playing the rankings and prestige game, and was therefore only more or less breaking even or already running a deficit a couple of years ago, then . . . "

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