Law School Lawsuits Mounting: Was Their Jobs Outlook Too Rosy?


For law students hoping that their legal degree would be the ticket to steady, high-paying jobs, the reality of the current economy is understandably disappointing. But are law schools to blame?

According to a growing number of class-action lawsuits, many believe the answer is yes. In February, twelve law schools were slapped with class-action lawsuits by former students. At a press conference held on March 15, lawyers announced that twenty additional schools would be sued this spring.

Despite their growing number, the merits of these lawsuits are still up for debate. The aggrieved law school graduates argue that they were duped by the school’s positive job placement data, which, in many cases, indicated recent graduate employment rates upwards of 90 percent. According to the complaints, these alleged overstatements left recent graduates with useless degrees and enormous debt.

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