Putting those degrees to use

Well, it was only a matter of time before these grads (or a law firm that was paying any attention at all) decided to litigate this nonsense. As I’ve said in previous posts, there’s ample blame to go around — the schools, the student loan industry, the students — but I look forward to seeing how these suits play out.


4 Responses to “Putting those degrees to use”

  1. 1 Mary Lloyd August 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

    very interesting. keep us informed. thanks.

  2. 2 Sara H August 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I just fail to see how a lawsuit like this can proceed. Even if the statistics are true, you can’t reasonably rely on that to predict your law school outcomes.

    I also fail to see what going to the ABA does. That was kind of a humorous suggestion to me.

  3. 3 kateandgracie August 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Yeah, I’m not sure what the remedy would be. I think there is definitely a consumer protection/false advertising argument to be made, but if these litigants all got their degrees, I’m not sure where that leaves them. Like you’re saying, there was no real promise of a lucrative job, or any job at all. But if they can show they reasonably relied on the school’s assertions when choosing to spend their money there, and those assertions are demonstrably false, then I think there is enough for a case. I guess it depends what they are asking for. I do hope, though, despite the specific outcome for these folks, that the law schools take a hard look at themselves — and US News comes up with some actual standards — and rein in their collosally inflated crap. I think academia should be held to a higher standard than, say, Pantene or Crest. Promising shiny hair and white teeth is different, to me, than an institution that takes federal funds and promises young people a brighter future. I’m not at all saying these students don’t share in the blame — there is plenty to go around — but the schools clearly have the power and I would like to see them exercise it more responsibly.

  4. 4 Mary Lloyd August 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

    more blogging please.

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