Thursday, September 13, 2012
Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Third Law School: DePaul Can't be Blamed for 'Metamorphosis in Legal Practice'
Phillips v. DePaul University, No. 12 CH 3523 (Cook County Circuit Court Sept. 11, 2012):
Plaintiffs' allege it was reasonable to rely on the employment information without making any independent investigation of their own because DePaul is a law school and prospective students should be able to rely on information provided by a law school. Plaintiffs, however, offer no authority standing for the proposition that prospective students or enrolled students may close their eyes to publicly available information on employment opportunities for lawyers and rely solely on the data provided by the educational institution in deciding to enroll at, or stay enrolled at, the institution. Nor have Plaintiffs alleged any facts, or offered any authority to support the proposition that they can reasonably assume that all the employment obtained by DePaul’s graduates was full-time and in the legal profession when no such representation was made. Common sense alone should have allowed Plaintiffs to determine that a graduate making $20,000 a year is not employed as a lawyer. ...
DePaul cannot be blamed for the fact that eight of the nine plaintiffs graduated at a time which was witness to a metamorphosis in the practice of law due to a number of factors not the least of which was the height of a tumultuous and deep recession that seriously affected employment in the legal profession.
- ABA Journal, Judge Tosses Suit Accusing DePaul Law School of Using Misleading Job Statistics
- Business Insider, Judge Tells Law School Grads To Quit Whining About The Job Market
- Paul Campos (Colorado), Hope and Change, Cook County Circuit Court Edition
- National Law Journal, Another Loss for Former Students Who Accuse Law Schools of Fraud
- Reuters, Illinois Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against DePaul University
- WSJ Law Blog, Illinois Judge Tosses Consumer Fraud Suit against DePaul Law