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.