Discipline For Law School Deans?

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Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Fifteen law schools have been sued by their graduates for publishing allegedly fraudulent employment data. So far, the graduates have yet to win any of the cases.

But Professor Ben Trachtenberg, of University of Missouri School of Law, may have another way for the graduates to prevail.

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Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Fifteen law schools have been sued by their graduates for publishing allegedly fraudulent employment data. So far, the graduates have yet to win any of the cases.

But Professor Ben Trachtenberg, of University of Missouri School of Law, may have another way for the graduates to prevail.

In a forthcoming law review article, he notes that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit lawyers from engaging in dishonesty and misrepresentation, even beyond the practice of law. Many law school officials are licensed attorneys and so are subject to professional discipline. He points out that lawyers with first-hand knowledge of the alleged misconduct have a duty to report them.

Trachtenberg believes that a bar ethics complaint could provide a measure of justice and, if successful, have a significant effect on the marketing practices of American law schools. He suggests that just because something may be legal doesn't mean it's ethical.

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