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Friday, October 16, 2015

WSJ: Courts Toss Out Lawsuits By Jobless Law Grads Who Sued Law Schools Over Misleading Placement Data

Wall Street Journal, Jobless Graduates Who Sued Law Schools Find Little Success in Court: Suits Accusing Schools of Deception Over Job Prospects Have Been Knocked Out:

Disgruntled law-school graduates who filed suits accusing their alma maters of deceiving them about their chances of landing a well-paying job haven’t had much success in court.

More than a dozen class actions were filed in 2011 and 2012, but courts across the country have knocked out the lawsuits one by one, including a recent dismissal in Florida. Only a few remain.

The suits hit the courts during a particularly challenging time for would-be lawyers. Layoffs were rampant across the legal industry, and jobs were in short supply.

But courts didn’t accept the argument that the schools, most with low national rankings, defrauded applicants by not giving an accurate depiction of graduate employment and salary data.

Last week, a U.S. district-court judge in Florida, quoting an earlier decision tossing a suit against New York Law School, said prospective students at Florida Coastal School of Law are “a sophisticated subset of education consumers, capable of sifting through data and weighing alternatives.” ...

Suits against Hofstra Law, Cooley Law School, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University College of Law and others have also been dismissed. Widener University School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a few others still face litigation, but the suits have been denied class-action status.

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Comments

Ultimately, the Anziska lawsuit complaints were very cookie-cutter, any school could have been listed as the defendant under the ABA reporting requirements at that time. It is hard to prove that Cooley is being deceptive when they are reporting - without distinguishing different types of jobs - the same way Yale and Harvard did at the time. When law school transparency came, every school's numbers dropped, not just these schools.

Posted by: Dai | Oct 16, 2015 6:26:20 AM

It's amazing that the schools were able to get away with it.

Posted by: anon. 25 | Oct 16, 2015 6:54:57 AM

I still remember a recruiter from California Western telling me I "could" make $2,000 a week as a summer clerk after my first year and "could" start out at $150,000.00 a year. I still laugh thinking of him. And it took me until year 9 to make that much, and I hate to actually win a few cases to get there.

Posted by: Brian G. | Oct 16, 2015 4:37:18 PM

Maybe they weren't very good lawyers to start with?

Posted by: FiftycalTX | Oct 16, 2015 4:52:41 PM

Another court rules that the marks should have known better than to believe the grifters. I fail to see how this is news that schools want out there.

Posted by: Jojo | Oct 18, 2015 11:51:44 AM