Comments by Visduh

Curtains for Thomas Jefferson School of Law?

Since nobody associated with this school wanted it to fail, there must have been some flaws that brought it to this point. Was the main reason for the low bar exam pass rate that the students just hadn't been properly prepared? And if so, did that reflect too much of the money collected going into the pockets of administrators and executives, and too little to hiring competent professors? Going deeply in debt to get a fancy new building didn't help with the finances, and it might seem that it didn't help with recruiting either. Or was it that the school was a bottom feeder, accepting students who were poor prospects for law study or success in the legal profession? Poor prospects or not, TJ wasn't bashful about charging tuition that was higher than the better ranked schools in the region. In LA there is a newer law school that occupies the former Bullocks-Wilshire building on the street of the same name. It was a real piece of late-1930's Art Deco magnificence, and the school makes a big deal of the digs. But last I saw, the school didn't rank very highly at all, and in the snobbish world of law schools, smart students head to the best ranked and highest esteem school that will take them. With a surfeit of law schools and law school grads, survival of the fittest may bring supply closer to demand in the next few years. If so, TJ is just surplus. But the recent grads of the program may be very unhappy when they have to explain that their alma mater is "the law school that went out of business."
— October 14, 2014 3:37 p.m.

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