2018-05-04 16:58:03 UTC
Well, knock me over with a feather: Trumps lawyer/fixer Michael Cohen, cigar
smoker and settlement-crafter extraordinaire, went to the Thomas M. Cooley Law
School in Lansing, Michigan, which Politico describes as the worst law school
in America. Youll have to forgive the presidentwho normally hires the best
peoplefor this oversight.
"The school accepts almost anyone who can pay the $51,000 annual tuition
billmore than 85 percent of its applicants were admitted last year. Fewer than
half of its graduates manage to pass a bar exam on their first try; among all
law school graduates in the country, about 75 percent pass on their first
attempt. The 46-year-old school has had to go to court over the past year to
fight for its accreditation from the American Bar Association, which found that
the school was out of compliance on basic admission standards for a time. Last
year, the National Advisory Council for Law School Transparency gave Cooley a
ranking no school wants: It was No. 1 on the groups list of the 10 least
selective law schools in the country.
The schools general counsel James Robb told Politico that it is disappointing
to see all the gratuitous negative comments about our law school from people who
know nothing about us. Further, Robb added, What I am seeing is incivility and
bullying by people who truly know little about legal educationand especially
about our fine law school.
I, too, dislike being judged by people who know nothing about me. Just
yesterday, a Jezebel commenter accused me of being romantically interested in
Lincoln Chafee. But something we do know about this school, according to
Politico, is that despite dramatically decreased admissions, its president rakes
in nearly half a million dollars a year, and its Trump-supporting founder,
Thomas Brennan, writes a blog in which he has referred to Islam as a primitive
belief system which comingles [sic] religious doctrine with civil law and made
racist observations such as the truth is that minstrelsy was fun.
This is just an aside, but I do often wonder why so many bad men have personal