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Former law student sues over D grade in contracts, seeks $100K for lost legal career

Posted Jun 24, 2014 8:44 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A former law student at the Massachusetts School of Law claims in a lawsuit that he received an unfair D grade in contracts.

The suit by Martin Odemena says the D grade resulted in a suspension and made it impossible for him to transfer to another law school, the National Law Journal reports. He is seeking more than $100,000 in damages for the lost legal career. The suit, filed Friday in Massachusetts federal court, claims violations of state consumer protection laws.

Odemena maintains his professor, Joseph Devlin, counted quiz results toward the final grade even though the class syllabus said the quiz sessions were optional. Odemena said he protested to law professor Peter Malaguti, who acts as the school’s general counsel. Malaguti’s investigation concluded that Devlin told students during the first class that the quizzes would indeed count for the grade; Malaguti cited another student’s notes about the change.

The National Law Journal sought comment from Devlin, who referred questions to Malaguti. Malaguti said he would file a motion to dismiss, but declined comment on the merits of the lawsuit.

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