Tips On Identifying "Cash Cows"
A cash cow school uses significant LL.M. tuition revenues for non-LL.M. purposes. Those schools leave the LL.M. program with insufficient resources to meet the reasonable needs and expectations of the LL.M. students. LL.M. students may have a negative experience, and indeed suffer due to this conflict. In those schools, LL.M. students and LL.M. graduates suffer, because resources are diverted away from them.
Schools that divert LL.M. revenue away from the LL.M. program may not devote appropriate funding for LL.M. academic assistance programs, English-language tutoring, or LL.M. career services. In other words, the school would treat the LL.M. program like a “cash cow”.
An LL.M. prorgram can be a cash cow no matter how large or how small the tuition is. It does not matter if program has many students or few, with large or small revenues.