For at least two years there has been a raging debate concerning legal education in America. The New York Times, in a feature piece published January 9, 2011 poured an enormous amount of accelerant on the subject. The debate over alleged fraud committed by law schools in inducing students to enroll at law schools has now reached conflagration proportions. Are law schools making full fair, ethically and legally required disclosures to law school applicants? Are law schools gaming and fudging their reports about post law school employment in a deceptive manner? Is the ABA and NALP acting as aiders and abettors in the deception practiced on law school applicants? Does the US News and World Reports annual ranking of law schools also act as an aider and abettor? Are law schools in an unholy alliance with lenders?
Or should law school applicants bear the consequence of their own failure to conduct adequate due diligence prior to entering law school. Many in the academic community argue that the facts are readily available and anybody bright enough to be accepted in to law school should also be smart enough to investigate the facts and make an informed decision.
There can be no doubt that thousands, probably tens of thousands of recent law school graduates have suffered serious financial damages.
The question we posit here is whether there are viable legally cognizable claims by law school graduates who have suffered damages and whether potential defendants have viable defenses.
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