SoFi is totally legit. The LSTC has not done business with it, but its good purpose and honesty is clear from its valuable and helpful research into salary-debt ratios.
Elite institutions are generally worth the outlay, but, according to a newly released study, a few less nationally known schools also make the cut.See? You don't have to be at the tippy top to put your graduates on the fast-track to success, you only have to close to it! Thanks, SoFi!
The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston and the University of Georgia were among the 10 schools offering the best salary-to-debt ratios, according to the study by SoFi, which stands for Social Finance Inc., an online student loan refinance company. They are grouped with Harvard, Yale and Stanford among the top schools that offered their graduates good value for the substantial debt they incurred while law students.
Of course, composing such a list requires high math. As a result, a quick lesson in multi-dimensional, base-10 integer fractions is in order. Salary-to-debt ratios require both a numerator and a denominator. These are fancy Latin terms that mean "top" and "bottom," drawing a nifty parallel between fractional math and butt sex.
Anyway, our numerator is first year salary and our denominator is long-term debt. And how did SoFi determine "average" salary and debt at law schools?
SoFi rated the schools after examining salary and debt records of more than 60,000 people who applied to refinance their student loans with the San Francisco company between 2014 and 2016.
If anything, SoFi is being too harsh on law schools here. Who applies for refinancing? Obviously, it's people who need lower monthly payments. The graduates who have the best salary-to-debt ratios would have no need for such things.
And we know this must be the case when we look at the salary numerators used by SoFi:
While it's concerning that SoFi would present certain schools with a thumbs down logo, the salary numbers provided by those desperate for financial help show a robust lawyer market and that these people talking about gluts and overlawyering are ignoring that the Million Dollar Express is chugging down the tracks as fast as ever.