mrtoren wrote:Talks are being held to devise a compromise right now and it sounds like a consortium is at the top of the agenda. Only you would label a subjective, speculative opinion an "honest point-of-view." Speaking of which, since you're not a stakeholder, why are you still here?
EDIT - And for the record, Chris Christie, the man you believe turns words into action, is not privy to the meetings. He has not been invited and he was shocked to hear they were going on. Legislators, school officials, and even George Norcross see Christie as a petty child. They're working around him to satisfy the opposition and one of the key discussion items is letting the school keep its name. Nothing is set in stone, but these power players are recognizing that the opposition will flare up again. Politicians need to offer an olive branch of peace to constituents who, by a margin of 80-20 in South Jersey, do not want this.
Let's pause for a minute and say that this entire merger is halted right now, hands down, all plans dropped. As it stands right now, the applications flowing into this school, as emails from the Dean have pointed out, are much lower in number and quality as they were over the past few years. Sure they're trying to cut down to a smaller class size and throw more cash at students, et al. but the damage has already been done for the next few foreseeable years. In 2013 it will very likely fall into the TTT zone and probably by a huge margin too, considering a change in median LSAT from 2011 to 2012 was only like 1-2 points made it fall 15 points. I can only imagine what will happen when the credentials for c/o 2015 come in. Even before all of this, the rankings have been on a downward trend: 77 in 2009, 80 in 2010, 84 in 2011, 99 in 2012.
I'm not trying to trash the school or say it's a bad place, to the contrary, almost all of my professors have been fantastic and have been incredibly helpful, same with every other faculty or staff member I've come across. But those qualities will not net you jobs. And in this recession, that's what should matter; not good vibrations or school spirit or enjoying the facilities or liking the student body. Otherwise there's no use in even coming to law school. As it is, for c/o 2011, only 29% had firm jobs of any kind with a median salary of $60k, with some as low as $23k (a far cry from the reported $110k they had in 2009/10) and that's with less than half reporting salaries (Only 7 out of some 250 students got BigLaw). Over 40% get state and local clerkships but employment information does not show what happens to these people after these positions (Average salary: $43k), I have no idea how many of these people even find legal work after that year in the high-stakes world of traffic court. 12% are unemployed after 9 months and 8% are working non-professional business jobs. Only 34 even were able to cross the river to PA, most everyone is in NJ. The numbers just don't lie. Maybe a couple of years ago with a clear picture of Rutgers's future it may have been a good idea to come here, but it just doesn't look like that right now, especially given the cloudy picture of the fate of this place. Look for yourself: --LinkRemoved--
I can only imagine those numbers getting worse with the talks of mergers and changes in leadership and drops in applications and lower credentials, etc. Hope & Optimism are admirable traits, traits that as law students, many of us forget to have. Sometimes, however, that Hope & Optimism become willful blindness and naivete when not properly checked. Not only are the rankings of this school falling into the TTT category, so are all of the signifiers that would keep it out like quality of admitted students and employment. This is all before
they even announced any sort of merger with a lesser school. Take this as you will but when you look at the actual statistics it does not paint a pretty picture for Rutgers-Camden regardless of whether it becomes Rowan or not.