May 21, 2012
LST Calls for Resignation of Rutgers Dean and ABA Investigation of Improper Recruiting of Law Students
Last week we became aware of an ongoing recruiting campaign by Rutgers – Camden School of Law that targets students who were not considering law school. As a part of this campaign, Camille Andrews, Associate Dean of Enrollment, sent students an email with bold statements about the employment outcomes achieved by the class of 2011. When compared to the school’s self-published employment data, we see Dean Andrew’s statements range from misleading to plainly false. Because the statements made in this email are demonstrably deceptive and are in clear violation of ABA Standard 509, Dean Andrews should resign immediately from her administrative appointment.
There are two important layers to this story. First, Dean Andrews made unfair statements about the employment outcomes of Camden graduates. These statements exaggerate the successful outcomes of Camden graduates and attempt to influence student behavior. The realities of Camden’s placement are far different from what Dean Andrews discloses. (More on this below.)
Second, Camden has extended a special offer for people who haven’t followed the normal application process and haven’t expressed an interest in law school or legal practice. (The email recipients had taken the GMAT, not the LSAT.) The Camden Special allows the students to avoid delay and enroll this August. By portraying Camden as some down-economy safe haven that leads to status and riches, Dean Andrews is attempting to enroll the exact students who ought not to attend law school: people who have not had time to carefully weigh the pros and cons of this significant investment.
- Above the Law, Law School Sales Pitch Doubles Down on the Getting Rich Rationale For Law School
- Paul Campos (Colorado), Rutgers-Camden Goes Old School
- LSAT Blog, Rutgers Law School Takes GMAT Scores
- Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State), Update on Rutgers-Camden
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If I understand Judge Schweitzer's NYLS opinion correctly, he would probably say she should be allowed to keep her job because it would be the applicant's fault for believing anything she said.
Posted by: anon | May 21, 2012 11:51:20 AM
Camille Andrews is the wife of Congressman Rob Andrews.
If memory serves me correctly, she herself succeeded to Congress when Rob resigned to run for Senate, then dutifully handed the position back to Rob when he was soundly defeated in the Democratic primary.
Posted by: william thomas | May 21, 2012 12:59:19 PM
anon, you understand the judge correctly. the applicant has a college degree, so he/she can't be the victim of fraud. camille andrews is free to blatantly lie in order to collect hundreds of thousands of tax payer provided dollars, without repercussion.
Posted by: anon2 | May 22, 2012 1:44:13 AM