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20 New Law Schools Sued for Fraud, 2 in the Top 50

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According to a press release from Law Offices of David Anziska, Strauss Law PLLC, etc, etc, 20 schools have been added to the list of those being sued for fraud by their former students: [Correction: These schools have not yet been sued. The firms issuing the release are merely "seeking to file suit," and may not yet have plaintiffs.]

New England School of Law

Western New England University School of Law

Roger Williams University School of Law

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Pace University School of Law

St. John’s University School of Law

Syracuse University College of Law

Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America

American University Washington College of Law

Stetson University College of Law

University of Miami School of Law

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Valparaiso University School of Law

St. Louis University School of Law

Chapman University School of Law

Loyola Marymount University Law School

Pepperdine University School of Law

Whittier Law School

Seattle University School of Law

 

Perhaps most surprising with the new batch is that two Top 50 schools were added, American and Pepperdine. But, remember, the suits aren't about merely having a disappointing employment outcome. They're about fraud in employment statistics. If you report a private practice salary 75th percentile of $160,000 without disclosing that the response rate to the salary question was only 66%, so really you have no clue what the 75th percentile is, then you could be on the hook for fraud, and American does just that. (Class of 2010 employment data.)

Imagine a new Vegas casino game advertises that 75% of people who play walk away from the table either winning or at least breaking even. Sounds great, let's play. But, it turns out that the advertised statistic was based on responses by only 66% of people who played. And, it turns out that people who lose are far less likely to answer the survey about how they did, and really, only 45% of people who play leave the table even or up. Well, that's fraud, and "but we never guaranteed you'd win" would be no defense. If the advertised prize was $160,000, but the jackpot payout actually came out to $120,000, again, we're going to have a problem.

 

For those of you keeping score at home, the previous 18 schools that have been sued are:

Albany Law School

Brooklyn Law School

California Western School of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law

DePaul University College of Law

Florida Coastal School of Law

Golden Gate University School of Law

Hofstra Law School

John Marshall School of Law

New York Law School

Southwestern Law School

Thomas Cooley

Thomas Jefferson

University of San Francisco School of Law

Widener University School of Law


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