Law School Job Numbers Suit Dismissed with Prejudice

A lawsuit brought against the John Marshall Law School in Chicago alleging misrepresentation of graduate employment numbers was dismissed with prejudice. The lawsuit was brought by the Law Offices of John Anziska on behalf of three named plaintiffs, citing advertising materials from the school stating that within 9 months of graduation, 90 to 100 percent of its graduates had found full time employment. The complaint [pdf] goes on to assert that:

The context of these representations make it appear to the reasonable consumer…that the jobs reported are full-time, permanent positions for which a law degree is required or preferred…[and that the John Marshall Law School] grossly inflates its graduates’ reported mean salaries, by calculating them based on a small, deliberately selected subset of graduates who actually submit their salary information.

The judge in the case “found all of plaintiffs’ claims defective for want of proximate cause and speculativeness of damages,” said PRWeb.

Anziska brought many other cases against law schools based on the same claims, so it will be interesting to see if they all begin to fall like dominoes now that this case has been dismissed. I suspect that will be the case given the problems with trying to blame a law school for the fact that a person can’t find a job in a bad economy.

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  • http://attenzalaw.com/ Karen L

    It isn’t necessarily a question of blaming the law schools for the fact that people can’t find jobs. That is certainly the fault of the economy and the changing nature of the nature of the legal profession and the legal market. It is a question of whether the law schools mislead students into thinking that their employment prospects upon graduation were better than they actually were, and whether the law schools knew that this was the case but reported the numbers anyway. The question is also whether those numbers led students to make the decision to enroll in law school and rack up serious debt.

  • Ben

    Gotta agree with Karen; the material fact that nobody can find a job was deliberately obscured by the law schools, so while they aren’t to blame for the fact, they are to blame for its concealment.

  • Bob

    Graham, the issue here is not about blaming a law school because one can’t get a job. The issue is misrepresentation as to what the prospects may be. When choosing a law school, candidates heavily rely on what is reported not just with regards to jobs but the overall strength of the school. Inaccurate, especially deliberately manipulated reports, thwart candidates’ ability to assess the merits of an institution.