I ran into this story on-line and I am truly upset. I have covered the opening of UMass Dartmouth a few times and I have always maintained that the state's decision to jump on the capitalist bandwagon, to the detriment of its students, is tragic.
Now, they are getting free press from the Wall Street Journal:
Take, for instance, the situation at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. According to this Boston Globe article, applications and enrollment at the state’s first public law school have “surged” since the merger of UMass Dartmouth and the Southern New England School of Law. According to the Globe, the bump in interest serves as “an early sign that the controversial merger is off to an auspicious start.”
According to the story, the new school, now known as the University of Massachusetts School of Law, received 462 applicants for this fall’s incoming class. It’s more than twice the number who applied last year, when the school was a private institution. The size of the first-year class is also doubling to 155, and the caliber of the applicants, at least as measured by undergraduate grade point averages and LSAT scores, have risen — all despite the fact that the school has yet to be accredited by the American Bar Association.Here's the kicker folks... the school is not yet accredited. WTF???
“Students are voting their confidence in the fact that we can probably get the accreditation,’’ Jean MacCormack, chancellor of UMass Dartmouth, who plans to seek the designation in 2012.So, I can look into my crystal ball and see that these 155 students will graduate in three years with $80K+ of debt and no job. Mark my words. I think that law school is a risk if you go to anything outside of the
The Globe calls the new students “a nontraditional group,” ranging in age from 21 to 59 years old. More than a fifth will pursue law degrees part time while continuing to work. And perhaps taking a page from the folks out at UC Irvine, nearly 40 percent will receive financial aid, including 25 students awarded a fellowship that covers half of the tuition for committing to four years of practicing public service law upon graduation.25 of 155, is not a majority. It's not even close. And, I would venture to guess that these fellowships are in the form of bait and switch financial aid--the kind you lose after you didn't maintain you GPA first year.
Massachusetts should be ashamed of itself. There is no need for a TTTToilet bowl law school in SE Mass. The market is amply serviced by BU, BC, Harvard, etc. etc. Enough already. Soon, everyone will have their own personal lawyer. Much like a cleaning lady, they will be underpaid and undervalued. $75 to clean an apartment? I'll review your mortgage application for you for $60. What's the difference?