Law School Grad Can't Find Job, Sues College for $50M

Former student claims alma mater misled with employment stats
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2011 2:19 PM CDT
Updated Jun 5, 2011 1:36 PM CDT
Law School Graduate Can't Find a Job, Sues College for $50 Million
A San Diego law school grad is suing her school for $50 million because she can't find a job.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – At least she's found some use for her education. A 2008 graduate of San Diego's Thomas Jefferson School of Law is suing her alma mater for $50 million because she hasn't secured a full-time job as an attorney. She alleges the college falsified its post-graduate employment statistics, reports 760 KFMB-AM. The former student—who graduated with honors and passed the bar on her first try—says she attended the school because of its reported 70% post-grad employment rate.

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According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff—who works as a freelance document reviewer—has been "unable to secure a full-time job as an attorney that pays more than non-legal jobs available to her," and she would "not have attended TJSL and incurred more than $150,000 in school loans if she knew the truth about her job prospects upon graduation." The school denies the claim of false advertising, and a dean says it isn't the duty of the college to find jobs for graduates. "It is the responsibility of the person who is paying so much for an education to figure out what they're going to be able to do with it," she says. "I guess it's a very expensive life lesson." Click to read one view that law school is a bad investment. (Read more law school stories.)

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