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February 1, 2012
Another Shoe Drops: 12 Law Schools Finally Sued Over Law School Employment Data
The National Law Journal is reporting that class action attorneys are making good on their threats to sue several law schools for misrepresenting employment data. The intention to sue was announced last November. The schools in question 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. I look forward to reviewing the complaints against individual schools and I will post links when they become available.
In somewhat related news, the Yale Daily News reports on the reaction to a previous proposal by Professors Akhil Amar and Ian Ayre that the reported statistics include LSAT and GPA information to give students comparative information on how graduates with those measures are employed. The reaction is that while the information is interesting, it doesn’t predict how things such as personality and temperament affect career path. I don’t know. Maybe we could just read their Facebook pages to gauge their law school experience and job outcomes.
One last related note, it appears that the GAO had issued two reports in the last four years on law school costs and the ABA’s handling of accreditation. If anyone is interested, see Issues Related to Law School Accreditation, GAO-07-314, Mar 8, 2007, and Issues Related to Law School Cost and Access, GAO-10-20, Oct 26, 2009. [MG]
Given that new law grads will be looking for jobs outside of law, might I suggest they take a look at "What You Can Do Wi A Law Degree? A Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law" (by Deborah Arron - Niche Press).
Posted by: bret | Feb 2, 2012 2:07:06 PM