March 16th, 2012
12:05 PM ET

Lawyers plan to sue 20 law schools

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By Amy Silverstein, GlobalPost

Law school used to be thought of as a safe way to eventually land a high-paying job. But a growing number of students and lawyers say that studying law isn't anymore practical than becoming a starving artist.

Eight law firms held a news conference Wednesday announcing that they would file class-action lawsuits against 20 law schools in late May, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Seventy-five students have joined the suit as well.

The legal team said that law schools overstate the success that students have once they graduate. 

"There are tens of thousands of young lawyers saddled with massive debt and few job prospects," lawyer David Anziska announced, according to the Chronicle. "I truly believe that at the end of this process, nearly every law school in the country will be sued."

Back in February, the lawyers initially filed lawsuits against 12 schools and announced plans to sue 20 more schools about every three months.

The two highest-rated schools in the latest round of litigation are the Pepperdine University School of Law and American University Washington College of Law, The National Law Journal reported.

Last year, the New York Times also reported that law schools might be misleading potential students. According to the Times article, law firms have cut 15,000 jobs since 2008. Yet law schools continued to paint a rosy picture, telling students that graduates had an average employment rate of 84 percent.

“Enron-type accounting standards have become the norm,” William Henderson of Indiana University told the Times.

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  1. Ken Kaniff

    Every American citizen needs to read a book called Life Without Lawyers by Philip Howard.

    March 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply

      It is a great book and I loved its common sense. I'm definitely going to read it one more time. But, I also believe that everyone should read the novel 'Twins in Arms' for the sake of our land, the U.S.A.

      March 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      How could these lawyers be so naiv to be deceived by the rosy picture their law schools had painted?
      In fact clients should also be able to sue their lawyers if the latter had made them believe there were good chances to win a case. Unemployed law school graduates can be noted in Europe too. Increasingly one sees more and more ambulance chasers here as well.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Reply

    These days you need a lawyer to go over your lawyer. In general, the lawyers are like dentist that they don't want you to come to them unless you are desperate. There is no money in filling.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  3. matt

    Of course the success is overstated. That's essentially what universities and colleges market. It's called Sales and Marketing 101.

    It's the "story" of America.

    March 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
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  5. GSA

    Like termites, lawyers have stripped out a number of industries. It should come as no surprise that they would hit law schools, as it is one of the last places for deep pockets. If the legal industry is collapsing, they have only themselves to blame for it.

    June 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
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