Complaint against law school survives motion to dismiss

, The National Law Journal

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A judge declined to dismiss a lawsuit against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law — the first in a wave of suits brought by recent law graduates who claim their alma maters misled them with overly rosy assurances about their postgraduate job prospects.

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  • Corrections

    Sorry, I found two typos in my previous opinion and this forum does not allow one to correct it after posting.

    I meant to say, "hang their own single" and "I wish I had made $60 - or the 1970's equivalent thereof - my first year in practice."

  • David D. Murray

    I have been practicing law for 34 years in the State of California. I never relied on any representation about the availability of jobs made by my law school. Back then, in the stone age, we just went to school to get an education. What we did with it depended upon (1) our own personal abilities; (2) the job market at the time in the geographic area of our choice; and (3) whether we chose to work for a firm or hand our own shingle.

    I find it strange how people like Anna Alaburda, who graduated from law school in 2008, can grouse about reliance on a school's published statistics. (But I also believe schools would be well advised not to publish any kind of statistics.)

    Lawyers who can't find "jobs" can always open their own business, as did I and thousands of other lawyers who feel they do not fit the corporate mould. I needed nobody to "give" me a job . . . . my job comes from my education (which actually was from Thomas Jefferson Law School's predecessor in San Diego) and my own personal abilities. And I have done very well, thank you very much, and by the time I was four years into my law practice, as Ms. Anna Alaburda is now, I was well on my way to both personal and financial success. But it seems that after turning down a $60,000 a year job (which I had made $60K my first year in practice), Ms. Alaburda would rather that Thomas Jefferson LS pay her for her ineptitude, rather than bust her hump in the real world of the practice of law like so many of us before her have successfully done. So cry no more, Anna, go out there and make yourself a success by actually practicing law and quit blaming the law school for your own personal failure as a lawyer.

  • RD Legal Funding

    These lawsuits against law schools are going to become more nuanced and tougher on the legal arguments as the cases work through the court system. The point is the plaintiffs have a point in their lawsuit, this issue hasn't reached critical mass yet but once it does, the law schools are going to have a real problem. They know if they end up losing these potential bell-weather cases, the entire law school system is going to be in jeopardy.

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