Law School Duped Us About Job Prospects: Alumni Suit

Post-grad job numbers, salaries not as high as claimed, say students
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2011 9:51 AM CDT
Law School Duped Us About Job Prospects: Alumni Suit
Another lawsuit has been filed against a law school.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Apparently suing your law school is a new trend: Another lawsuit has been filed, this time by a group of graduates unhappy with their alma mater. New York Law School dupes students into enrolling by claiming that "the overwhelming majority of its students—90% to 95%— secure employment within nine months of graduation," the suit asserts. The truth, the unhappy alums claim, is that the aforementioned percentage includes any type of employment, and only 50% or fewer of graduates actually score full-time jobs in the law.

Alexandra Gomez-Jimenez, Scott Tiedke, and Katherine Cooper accuse the school of "systemic, ongoing fraud that is ubiquitous in the legal education industry and threatens to leave a generation of law students in dire financial straits." Their lawyer adds that the school also inflates reports of graduates' salaries, by basing numbers on the "small, mostly self-selected subset of graduates who actually submit their salary information." The former students want unspecified money for damages, and for the school to change the way it reports employment and salary numbers, the New York Post reports. Click for a similar story. (Read more law school stories.)

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