Sunday, December 17, 2017

The ABA 509 reports are out

By last Friday, the law skules had to file their 509 reports for the year 2017–18 with the ABA. The reports can be found here.

While waiting for our friends at Law School Transparency to tabulate the key data in a more approachable form, I have read the reports from a few über-toilets. Some of these odious establishments cashed in, quite literally, on the closure of Indiana Tech, Whittier, and Charlotte: Appalachian grabbed up 16 transfer students from Charlotte and one from Indiana Tech, and Western State took one from Charlotte and 22 from Whittier. Even Cooley, still widely considered the poster child of shittiness despite hot competition and the notorious Cooley rankings (which several years ago placed the toilet second only to Harvard), managed to snatch up four dumb bunnies from Charlotte.

True to their word (for a change), the two remaining InfiLaw toilets managed to improve their LSAT scores considerably, from 141 to a still horrific 145 at the 25th percentile. This feat, however, accompanied a collapse in enrollment: Florida Coastal's entering class fell from 245 last year to 106, and Arizona Summit's fell from 143 to 49. Methinks InfiLaw's days are numbered. To my great disappointment, Appalachian nearly doubled its enrollment, from 38 students to 73. It would have grown even without the influx from Charlotte.

Failing out remains commonplace at the über-toilets. Rates of attrition of 1Ls for reasons other than transferring run well into the double-digit percentages at most of these institutions. Of the ones that I checked, Thomas Jefferson wins the—er, prize with a shocking rate of 37.2%. Remember the old commencement speaker's joke that either you or your neighbor to the right or the left will not be there in a year's time? At Thomas Jefferson, that's an understatement.

More news will follow. In the meantime, feel free to review the 509 reports yourself and post your own comments.

6 comments:

  1. I checked my law school's 509's. Looks like the Asian kids stopped attending law school.

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  2. Didn't the 509's used to include first time bar passage rates? I believe they did. I see no bar passage rates on these reports...

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    1. yes the did, previous report included the bar passage rate for the previous 3 years.

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  3. Is this correct? Washington & Lee has only two African-American students in its 3L class? Whaty's going on there?

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    1. Why would any Black person want to attend a school that glorifies Robert E. Lee, to the extent of setting up a shrine to him (his body is entombed there)? As recently as three years ago, it displayed the Confederate flag and featured an annual march through campus that celebrated the Confederacy.

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  4. not going to read those reports. this is just rehashing the same bullshit that is the law school industrial complex. fuck those special snowflakes and those TTTTs.

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