A “Crock of Crap”?

We’ve previously discussed how former law school students largely have come up short in their attempts to sue their alma maters over allegations of inflated job placement statistics for graduates. But a proposed California class action against San Diego’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law recently got a big boost after plaintiffs’ counsel introduced a sworn statement from a former assistant career services director who claims she was pressured into padding the school’s hiring numbers.

The statement was provided by Karen Grant, who worked in the law school’s career services office from 2006 to 2007. In the statement, she claims she was pressured by the school’s former director of career services to include unemployed graduates in the school’s hiring statistics so long as the graduates had been employed at some point after graduation.

The American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar requires law schools to count only those graduates who are working nine months after graduation as being employed. Officials from Thomas Jefferson deny Grant’s claims, which the school’s dean inelegantly labeled as a “crock of crap” (which, for you non-lawyers, is not an actual legal standard).  The court apparently disagreed with the dean’s assessment when he recently denied the school’s motion for summary judgment.

Although experience shows that our courts aren’t embracing the idea of allowing damages claims based on the inability of law school graduates to find a job, none of those cases apparently had a game-changing sworn statement from a former employee who says she was ordered to cook the books. Which just goes to show, once again, that legal decisions are based on evidence, not trends.     



Posted: 12/12/2012 12:00:00 AM by Editor | with 0 comments

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