Law School Accused Of Duping Students To Face Trial
Sadly, angered and deeply indebted law school graduates suing their alma maters is nothing new. There has been more than a dozen legal complaints of law schools misrepresenting their employment reports on marketing materials. But until last month (January), the law schools being accused have been able to avoid going to trial. Until now.
San Diego-based Thomas Jefferson School of Law will head to court where four of its graduates will try to sue it for false-advertising. The case originated in 2011, when the four students sued the law school for allegedly luring them to the school with false employment reports. When the original claims were made, lawyers representing Thomas Jefferson argued that the employment reports were not a substantial reason the four graduates used to attend Thomas Jefferson. The four graduates, the lawyers pointed out, were only accepted to Thomas Jefferson and so had no other options if they wanted to attend law school.
However, California Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman, didn’t accept the argument and in his decision wrote, “[T]he fact that TJSL was the only school accepting plaintiffs does not render the employment statistics immaterial. Plaintiffs still had a choice in accepting and attending TJSL,” as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Pressman later added the school never established accuracy in their employment reports. Still, the school was able to dodge a class-action case.
However, the suit is another hit on a growing list of problems for the school. Thomas Jefferson Law School has been hurt worse than other lawyers than to the economic downturn. Since 2011, applications to the school have plummeted by 50%. In 2014, the school had to restructure its debt after failing to meet a bond payment. And just last month (January), the federal government added Thomas Jefferson to its list of colleges and universities that will be subject to increased financial oversight.
Source: Wall Street Journal
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