Magazine article University Business

Law School Litigation: What to Expect in 2012

Magazine article University Business

Law School Litigation: What to Expect in 2012

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Jobs aren't easy to come by these days. Instead of blaming the economy--or themselves--some students are blaming their alma maters.

After graduates from New York Law School and Thomas M. Cooley School of Law (Mich.) accused the schools of misinterpreting graduates' employment and salary statistics and filed class action suits against them last summer, two firms have warned they are planning to go after other law schools this year.

"Really it's part and parcel of the consumer movement coming to education," says Robert B. Smith, a higher education attorney with the firm LeClairRyan, who has been following this trend for about six months.

Law School Transparency, a Tennessee non-profit dedicated to encouraging and facilitating the transparent flow of consumer information, announced on its website that two law firms, The Law offices of David Anziska and Strauss Law PLLC have stated their intention to jointly file class action lawsuits against 15 law schools in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The students stepping forward represent the minority, not the majority, of law students. And the suits don't reflect dissatisfaction with the learning experience itself--just the outcome. …

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