Fraud Lawsuit Targets U Of Miami, St. Thomas Law Schools

Ann McClure's picture
Monday, March 26, 2012

Across the country, a growing army of law school graduates are filing lawsuits, a trend that under most circumstances wouldn't be surprising, were it not for the defendants this time around:

Their law schools.

More than a dozen schools nationally have been sued so far, and the University of Miami and St. Thomas University were recently included among a group of 20 additional law schools named as future targets. The 30-plus schools allegedly engaged in deceitful recruitment practices that amount to outright fraud. At the heart of the accusations are the job placement statistics and graduate salaries that law schools publish on their websites and in U.S. News & World Report's annual law school rankings. Those statistics routinely tout placement rates above 80 percent or 90 percent, even though today's attorney job market is exceedingly tough.

And due to law school's high cost, graduates frequently have the pressure of paying off six-figure student loan debt.

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