Law Students As Plaintiffs Against Law Schools
This may very well be old news, as the story appeared March 22, 2012 in the Wall Street Journal.
Across the country, there are 14 law suits brought by law students against their law schools that accuse the schools of “luring students with misleading postgraduate job statistics and leaving them saddled with debt at a time of contraction in the legal industry.”
Nine New York Law School graduates alleged in a lawsuit that New York Law School’s marketing materials stated that between 90 percent and 92 percent of law students secured full-time jobs with law firms after graduation.
A judge in New York sided with the law school and threw out the case suggesting the students were smarter than that and could ascertain their options before making choices about where to attend post-graduate college and for which advanced degree.
The students sought $225 million in damages from the school. The plaintiffs’ lawyer David Anziska is going to appeal, and he has led efforts to sue other law schools across the country, as well.
So, I need to ask, law student readers, is this a waste of time, good practice for your future as a trial lawyer, or will it put a black mark on your curriculum vitae when you interview for a position with a law firm?
It seems to me that anyone entering law school is highly intelligent. They conduct extreme due diligence to research law school options, rankings, cost, scholarships, and more. People entering law school know the situation in the legal sector is dire for employment directly from school. That’s a risk everyone takes upon making the decision to enter law school, right?
How then should these plaintiffs across the country expect to win especially in light of the New York Supreme Court justice’s decision to toss this case out? And, a final question…if these law student graduates are saddled with exorbitant debt from law school, how then are they paying Mr. Anziska for his legal fees to bring this case and appeal?