Mad Grads

Published February 24, 2012

Class action complaints have been filed against 12 law schools, in addition to two sued previously, claiming the schools misrepresented the employment rates of their graduates.

The targeted schools are Albany Law School of Union University, Brooklyn Law School, California Western School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University College of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law, The John Marshall Law School, University of San Francisco School of Law, Southwestern Law School, and Widener University School of Law. Sued earlier were Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School.

The 51 plaintiffs say the reported employment rates–typically 90 percent or more–influenced their decisions to go to law school. After graduation, they found this wasn’t true, and they allege schools inflated employment rates by hiring recent graduates themselves and counting those obtaining non-legal jobs and temporary jobs.

Source: Karen Sloan, “Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data,” National Law Journal, February 1, 2012, h/t above the law