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LST Speaks Out On Recent Law School Class Actions

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Plaintiff classes of recent graduates have brought suit against more than a dozen law schools across the country, including Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, New York Law School in Manhattan, and Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan (Miami, FL campus coming soon!). The directors of Law School Transparency published a column in yesterday’s New York Post commenting on the suits and the larger state of legal education:

These problems affect more than just the legal profession. This year, ABA-approved law schools will get at least $4 billion in taxpayer support, thanks to the government’s decision in 2010 to directly lend to students. But when graduates can’t find jobs that allow full loan repayment, they either default or sign up for hardship programs. The taxpayers are on the hook for the lost interest income and unpaid loan principal.

In all of this mess, one thing is for sure: Continued pressure from lawsuits, Congress and other reform advocates will push law schools to honestly evaluate the American legal-education model. And reimagining a broken model will take a lot more than simply getting people their day in court.

Kyle McEntee & Patrick J. Lynch, “Do law schools defraud students?,” New York Post (Oct. 11, 2011). Read the full column here. More on LST here. More on legal education here.

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  1. Tim
    November 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for the great article!

  2. AD
    December 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    If you read one part of one of the filed documents in one of these cases, the excerpt from the plaintiffs’ response to the defenses raised in Cooley Law School’s most recent brief that LST posted today might be the thing to read:

    “Cooley next alleges that to the extent that Plaintiffs relied upon the deceptive and misleading employment data, that reliance was unreasonable because Plaintiffs should have known that far fewer than the reported amount of Cooley graduates actually obtained full-time, permanent employment that required a Cooley degree. Def.’s Memorandum of Law, p. 39. In other words, Cooley has the audacity to argue that its own graduates unreasonably relied on Cooley’s marketing materials because they should have realized that Cooley’s reported employment statistics were inaccurate and that most Cooley graduates do not obtain full-time, permanent employment for which a JD degree is required or preferred. Aside from making a cynical and unprincipled argument, Cooley misstates the law.”

    Get the latest on this case from LST at http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/2011/12/class-action-updates-plaintiffs-reply-to-cooleys-motion-to-dismiss.

  3. Irene Morgan
    December 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    It’s not every day that something arrives to make life easier for a law student searching for a job. Thankfully, that day is here. It’s time to take advantage of this free and easy first step to the upcoming recruiting season. http://bit.ly/tCWuuy

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