The New York Daily News reports that there are currently 12 lawsuits in full swing across the US, filed by law students who say that despite a seriously over-lawyered market, universities have continued to guarantee great career prospects upon graduation.
One institution being sued is Brooklyn Law School, with graduates saying it “fudged post-graduate employment stats” and misled them into spending significant amounts of money on expensive degrees.
The “systemic, ongoing fraud” is designed to hide the fact that “attending Brooklyn Law and forking out nearly $150,000 in tuition payments is a terrible investment”, reads the lawsuit, filed last week in the Brooklyn Supreme Court.
“The only way a school can fill all those seats is by putting out information that makes a law degree seem more valuable than it actually is,” said the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Jesse Strauss.
Brooklyn Law School apparently says its graduates had employment rates from 88 per cent to 98 per cent within nine months of graduation. However, the suit claims that those figures include those with part-time and temporary jobs, or jobs not related to the law.
One of the suit’s plaintiffs said he took on tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt to earn his law degree, relying on Brooklyn Law School’s representations, but is still looking for legal work.
Other plaintiffs have settled for temp jobs or jobs for which a law degree is not essential.