From the ABA Journal:
A woman who says she graduated with honors from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008 and passed the California bar exam but cannot find a decent legal job has sued the institution, contending that she was tricked into attending by employment statistics TJSL provided for the annual U.S. News & World Report law school survey.
Anna Alaburda, who racked up $150,000 in student loans and is now doing document-review work when she can find it, says she decided to attend the law school after reading the magazine's 2003 law school survey, reports the National Law Journal. It stated that 80 percent of the school's graduates were employed.
She "reasonably interpreted these figures to mean that the vast majority of TJLS graduates would find employment as full-time attorneys," the lawsuit states, alleging that "the foregoing statistics were false, misleading, and intentionally designed to deceive all who read them."
Filed by attorney Brian Procel of Miller Barondess, the suit seeks class action status and compensatory damages of $50 million for a claimed class of some 2,300 TJSL attendees.
Beth Kransberger, who serves as the law school's associate dean for student affairs, tells the legal publication there was no misrepresentation and says TJSL followed guidelines set by the American Bar Association when reporting its employment statistics..
"We've always been accurate in what we report, and we've always followed the system given to us by the ABA," she says. "This lawsuit is very much about a larger debate. This is part of the debate about whether it's practical to pursue a graduate degree in these difficult economic times."
The law school bubble begins to burst. The weakest link always falls first, just like Las Vegas for housing, just like Greece in the Eurozone. TJSL is one of the worst and therefore was the easiest target. Expect dozens of law suits against numerous law schools in the coming months. About fucking time! Let's see how many applications the law schools get once they have to display real employment statistics.
Only a fool would go to law school now
Things will be getting much tougher for American law schools. The sharks are smelling blood in the water with the ground breaking class action law suit getting filed against Thomas Jefferson School of Law. It is only a matter of time until other notorious TTT commodes (H/T Nando) also find themselves getting served with a juicy class action seeking 50 plus million in damages. As most people know, lawyers love making $$$ and with a new niche opening up these plaintiff firms will be stepping all over each other trying to be the first to file against the schools. And you can rest assured knowing that I will be putting these class actions on blast on this blog so that the word gets out that only a fool would go to law school now.
Just try to imagine the thoughts of a class of 2014 TJSL student right now. Being put on notice that their beloved law school is being sued for FRAUD must be putting them into a panic. How poorly will this reflect on this institution’s reputation? Will this hurt my chances of employment? Should I withdraw? Here is my advice: FUCK YES DROP OUT NOW! GTFO before it’s too late. By next week the registration office of TJSL will be in a panic as the applicants will flood said office with frantic calls. Just look at the facts: a 2008 grad with honors is suing the school or FRAUD. Is attending this hole worth the risk of graduating with 150k in debt with a strong possibility of not being able to get a decent paying job?
And this is why these plaintiff firms need to hurry the fuck up and file against the other law schools NOW. Hey guys if you are reading this HURRY UP AND FILE so that prospective students get scared and drop out before they commence their journey to financial ruin. Class actions alleging fraud are an absolute nightmare to a "prestigious" law school's reputation. Thq quicker these suits get filed the sooner the law school nightmare ends. I would like to personally thank the attorneys at Miller Barondess for having the guts to file a lawsuit like this. The implications of this lawsuit are far reaching and will effectively act as the pin that burst the law school bubble scam. Keep up the good work.
Eventually the ABA will get dragged into this and these turd schools will either be put on probation or will completely lose their accreditation. In addition, hopefully the Department of Education will finally stop being so corrupt and will pull the financing from these education chop shop mills. The "gainful employment" rule needs to be implemented ASAP across the board so that this student loan fiasco can finally come to an end. And finally, for all the souls out there that are drowning in nondischargeable student loan debt, some form of bankruptcy relief can be instituted.
Death by a thousand cuts to the law school cartel.