Lawyers Plan to Sue 20 More Law Schools over Employment Stats
Posted Mar 15, 2012 7:23 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A lawyer participating in suits against 14 law schools has more ambitious plans in his quest to improve reporting of employment rates for graduates.
On Wednesday, New York lawyer David Anziska announced plans to sue 20 more schools. He hopes there will be more. “I truly believe that at the end of this process nearly every law school in the country will be sued,” he said in a press release. The National Law Journal and Inside Higher Ed have stories.
Two of the targeted law schools—Pepperdine and American University-—are ranked among the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report. The average debt load for graduates of the 20 targeted schools is nearly $115,000, according to the press release.
Anziska said lawyers for the plaintiffs hope the lawsuits will force some kind of global settlement, possibly brokered by the ABA, according to the NLJ account.
The suits claim the schools are releasing misleading statistics about employment rates for their graduates. Some schools claimed placement rates as high as 95 percent, but revised numbers for the class of 2010 show many of the jobs are part-time, temporary, or don’t require a law degree, Anziska said.
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