Student sues law school over employment stats

Grad alleges she was misled her about chances of working as an attorney


A graduate of a law school in San Diego, Calif. has filed a class action law suit because she says her university, The Thomas Jefferson School of Law, knowingly misrepresented the likelihood that graduates would find work as lawyers. “For more than 15 years, TJSL has churned out graduates, many of whom have little or no hope of working as attorneys at any point in their careers,” Anna Alaburda wrote in her complaint, according to The National Law Journal. Alaburda, who has $150,000 in student loans, says she chose TJSL because statistics reported in U.S. News & World Report said that 80 per cent of its graduates were employed after nine months. She writes that she “reasonably assumed” that meant full-time work as attorneys — until she learned that the school includes part-time and non-legal jobs in the figures. TJSL’s website continues to use similar statistics. They say 85 per cent of students from the 2009 class were employed, but they don’t say where. In Canada, there is little likelihood of similar law suits, as self-regulation has created a shortage of attorneys, rather than a surplus.

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Student sues law school over employment stats

  1. Maybe unemployed American lawyers can immigrate to Canada, take a crash course in Canadian law, and start up a practice!

  2. From my experience, this lawsuit is foolish. There is no guarantee of employment in any field of discipline on earth. Therefore, the suit has no merit. Assuming that Ms Alaburda passed the California Bar exam, has been sworn in with the County of San Diego, CA and has the credentials to practice in this county, she should get on the indigent lawyer referal list and obtain clients through the criminal court system. At best, she can volunteer at the 6th Ave Family court to aid those in need. She should be very happy to have the education she holds. I did not have the opportunity to continue my education until I was 50 years of age. I hold a BA in Legal Studies and a Masters in Forensic Sciences. I started law school when I was 56 years old. Due to family responsibilities I had to drop out. By January of next year, I should be back at school. If all goes well, I will step into a courtroom as an attorney when I am 64 years old. I will be very humble and happy to aid those I can, with or without pay. I will have worked over 46 years for the privilege to practice law. The question I pose is this: How long did Ms Alaburda work to obtain the education she currently holds? She should quit complaining and start working!

    • “She should quit complaining and start working!”

      Uhm, isn’t that the point? That she cannot find work? Your suggestions have only limited merit. You may be very much content to take work without pay, but could you say that if you had $150,000 in debt hanging over your head?

      The point of her suit is very much pertinent – that the product sold (i.e. the law degree) was done so through misleading information (an overstatement of employment figures). It’s about time action is taken to reign in law schools – institutions who make hand over fist in cash through sheer deception.

  3. Blood sucking attorneys suing each other because they’re isn’t enough blood to go around-gotta love don’t you??

    Schools lie, goverments lie, and lawyers lie professionally so boo hoo- lawyers have ruined all the other professions-medicine, teaching etc. and now they’re the victims? I think not. When