So what’s happening in the Law Students vs. Law school cases going on? So far, as National Law Journal’s Karen Sloan reports, it’s attorneys 0, law schools 2. This follows the dismissal of the action against Thomas M Cooley Law School and the earlier dismissal of the lawsuit against New York Law School.
The Cooley action was brought on behalf of a dozen graduates who claimed fraud due to the School’s alleged misrepresentation of employment statistics, while the March lawsuit against New York Law School tossed out a similar suit.
Twelve other lawsuits against schools are in the wings.
National Law Journal:
“Obviously, we’re disappointed, but we’re very proud of the work we’ve done,” said Jesse Strauss, who along with attorneys David Anziska and Frank Raimond are coordinating the law school lawsuits around the country. “There’s been a sea change in the quality of employment information. I don’t think we’re the only reason that happened, but I think we’ve been a factor. Still, I hope we’re going to be able to move some money to the people who have mortgaged their future on these degrees.”
Cooley president and dean Don LeDuc said in a prepared statement that the school was pleased with U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist’s decision.
“We are committed to graduating law students who are ready to practice law, and their success in a tough job market is our success too,” he said. “We have always been in compliance with American Bar Association and National Association for Law Placement employment reporting standards.”