Sunday, April 1, 2012

Law Students Lawsuits Against Schools- Not Looking So Good So Far

While law schools should report accurate data, a student could not reasonably argue that they went to law school because of the one page of a law school’s website that said they would get a job right after graduation.

Apparently a New York Supreme Court Judge agrees. Last week, the Judge tossed out the first of many lawsuits brought by students who claimed they were snookered by misleading job statistics. The significant part of the court decision is reposted here.

The court does not view these post-graduate employment statistics to be misleading in a material way for a reasonable consumer acting reasonably. By anyone's definition, reasonable consumers -- college graduates -- seriously considering law schools are a sophisticated subset of education consumers, capable of sifting through data and weighing alternatives before making a decision regarding their post-college options, such as applying for professional school. These reasonable consumers have available to them any number of sources of information to review when making their decisions.

The Judge’s argument is in essence that because potential law students are “sophisticated” and have many sources of information available at their fingertips they knew or should know that employment and salary statistics provided by the law school should not be the sole basis for their decision.