This is Boomer Babble 101.
Um, which part? Listen, I totally feel for the people just starting out in this profession--I'm only thankful I didn't have to deal with the job market you guys have. I still think I have a reasonably good sense of the prospects for recent grads from that school, if only because I've worked with people who graduated in the past 2-3 years. I don't think students at Rutgers-Camden are significantly worse off than anyone else in this market.
And as far as what the tuition was when I attended, I don't remember the amount (insert another age joke here), but my first job paid $30k, and it took me over a decade to reach $60k. Things were cheaper then, but salaries way lower.
So I'm not painting a rosy picture, but you guys are applying to these schools regardless, aren't you? All I'm saying is that Rutgers is still a relative bargain for the quality of the education.
So I found the numbers for you from 1983 in this doc: http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog ... cation.pdf
Basically tuition in 1983-1984 was about $2400 in-state and $3400 non-resident
Tuition and cost of attendance now is well over what you made your first year. Your first year your income was more than 10 times the yearly tuition you paid. For that to be true now, students would have to be paid over $227,000 for tuition cost alone and non-resident would have to earn $340,000.
Public Law School Resident Tuition and Fees
(1983-84 tuition figures have an asterisk)
SCHOOL 1983/1984 1999-2000 2004-2005 20 Yr. % Increase 5 Yr. % Increase
Rutgers State University - Camden $2,368* $11,302 $16,724 606.30% 47.97%
Rutgers State University - Newark $2,368* $11,226 $16,525 597.80% 47.20%
Rutgers State University - Camden $3,348* $16,024 $23,755 609.50% 48.25%
Rutgers State University - Newark $3,348* $15,948 $23,556 603.60% 47.71%
Rutgers State University - Camdenhttp://camlaw.rutgers.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid
Tuition for the academic year 2011-12 is $22,746 for in-state tuition and $34,010 for out-of-state (non-New Jersey) residents.
Part-time New Jersey resident tuition is $948 per credit; non-resident tuition is $1,417 per credit.
During 2011-12, student fees per semester are $1,348.25 for full-time students and $735.25 for part-time students.
Tuition and Student Fees for 2011-2012
Full-Time Students Part-Time Students
Tuition $22,746/NJ Resident
$34,010/non-resident $948/credit (8 credits Fall/8 credits Spring = $15,168 NJ resident)
$1,437/credit (8 credits Fall/8 credits Spring = $22,992 non-resident)
Fees $2,661 $1,400
Books $1,150 $775
Health Insurance $750
Cost of Attendance for 2011-2012
Cost of Attendance (student budget) includes the projected amount of funding you’ll need to cover tuition, student fee and book expenses, as well as funds for housing, food, travel, and other miscellaneous items. Cost of Attendance is established by the university each academic year; it is based on typical expenses for this geographic region and is intended to cover expenses for the nine-month academic year (August – May). Students will be able to apply for funding up to this budgeted amount. The 2011-2012 law school budgets are listed below:
Full-Time Students Part-Time Students
NJ Residents $34,290 - Living with parents
$42,060 - On Campus
$47,570 - Off Campus $22,554 - Living with parents
$30,894 - On Campus
$35,824 - Off Campus
Non-Residents $44,190 - Living with parents
$52,220 - On Campus
$56,960 - Off Campus $29,811 - Living with parents
$38,151 - On Campus
$43,081 - Off Campus
If you want to know why this is "um", boomer babble, take a hard look at those tuition numbers and the current employment prospects. (using "um" as you did is rude and implies ignorance on the part of the other posters, I never use it, but I couldn't resist pointing it out to you)
You really don't know what you are talking about: "things were way cheaper then, but salaries were lower." One year of your salary could have easily paid your whole tuition for three years.
If you want to understand why millenials hate boomers, you might want to consider your assumptions in this thread.