Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sixteen Days: An Accreditors' Story

November 21, 2016:
[N]ational accreditors are getting tough and telling law schools to better prepare students for legal practice or risk losing their accreditation.
The proposal, which recently cleared a key administrative hurdle and could be implemented early next year, is rankling some law schools that say it will unfairly hurt those institutions with a mission of increasing access to legal education to a more diverse array of students.
Figure 1.  The Superficial Cockblock

December 7, 2016:
The University of Massachusetts School of Law-Dartmouth, established in 2010, now has full ABA accreditation.
According to the state’s Board of Bar Examiners, out of the 36 University of Massachusetts School of Law graduates who took the bar exam for the first time in July 2016, 69.4 percent (PDF) passed. Out of all the school’s graduates taking the Massachusetts bar in July 2016, there was a 50.9 percent pass rate.
Figure 2.  "The Prestige"

It is a date that will live in infamy.  Just as the Japanese suddenly brought the benefits of devastating transcontinental warfare to the still-recovering American economy, Massachusetts has been blessed by the joyful firebomb of a public law school in a state that previously had none.  Now, financially prudent prospective law students in Massachusetts finally have a public and affordable way to board the totally not crashing Million Dollar Express. Let us hope that, just as Pearl Harbor sparked plucky patriots to board battleships and transport ships, Dartmouth Law (future trade name) can bring in a long line of fresh meat eager to win the good fight.

Because, in  2016, Johnny doesn't need a gun.  He needs a law degree. 


  1. Shit. At $30,802 per culum sessionem in tuition and fees, it ain't cheap. Paying that much for a 35% chance at obtaining a full-time long-term legal job must feel like being on the reciving end of a velociraptor booty call.

  2. Dartmouth Law? No, that's too reminiscent of the lowly college in New Hampshire. I suggest U Mass | Dartmouth. That sexy vertical bar has already been used to good advantage by two institutions of similar, er, calibre: New England Law School | Boston and, more recently, Mitchell | Hamline.

    Then again, U Mass Dartmouth needs a distinctive name to set it apart from pretenders. I propose U Mass ♡ Dartmouth or U Mass ☺ Dartmouth.