Paul L. Caron

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Law School Targeted in Placement Data Litigation Responds

Loyola Chicago LogoFollowing up on Wednesday's post, 20 More Law Schools to be Sued Over Allegedly Fraudulent Job Placement Data:  David Yellen, Dean at Loyola-Chicago, one of the targeted schools, sent this forceful email to faculty, students, and staff:

A group of lawyers has sued a number of law schools regarding allegedly misleading employment information. They recently announced that they are seeking plaintiffs among recent graduates to sue an additional 20 law schools, including us. I can assure you that any such suit against Loyola would be without merit. We take very seriously our commitment to our students, and provide only true and complete employment information. As a member of the ABA's Standards Review Committee, and chair of its subcommittee on consumer information, I have been a strong advocate of requiring schools to provide detailed employment information.  Our own website goes far beyond what the ABA requires, a fact that has been noted favorably by many, including Kyle McEntee, the director of Law School Transparency.

Check out the detailed placement data on Loyola-Chicago's website, which includes several charts like these:

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it was also noted recently that Law School Transparency asks for NALP data from the schools, and then when those are provided the plaintiffs' lawyers quite candidly state they use the information to support their lawsuits. Mr. McEntee and LST appear at press conferences announcing these lawsuits and seeking plaintiffs, then try to pretend they have nothing to do with them.

Posted by: JDEsq | Mar 18, 2012 8:14:02 AM

The WSJ article yesterday quoted the plaintiffs lawyerrs as saying they chose the target schools because they are in the states where the plaintiffs lawyers are located, rather than because of any egregious behavior. (in the plaintiffs' lawyers view, counting part time or non-jd required in the number reported to US News is fraudulent, and every school does that).

Posted by: Lyle | Mar 17, 2012 8:57:31 PM