In August of last year, students of Thomas M. Cooley Law School filed a class-action lawsuit against the school claiming that they were mislead by the school’s salary and post-graduate employment reports.
But last week, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying that while the school’s salary and employment figures were “vague and incomplete”, the students should have done more research and relied less on the school’s statistics alone when deciding to enroll.
U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist, the judge who dismissed the suit, wrote, “Plaintiffs and prospective students should have approached their decision to enter into law school with extreme caution given the size of the investment. With red flags waiving and cautionary bells ringing, an ordinary prudent person would not have relied the statistics to decide to spend $100,000 or more.”
Quist went on to write that “it would be unreasonable for Plaintiffs to rely on two-bare bones statistics in deciding to attend a bottom-tier law school with the lowest admission standard in the country.” He added that none of the students attempted at any point to clarify questions related to the employment report. He did acknowledge that Cooley’s employment reports are “meaningless”, “inconsistent, confusing, and inherently untrustworthy.”
Don LeDuc, Cooley’s President and Dean, said in a statement, “We are committed to graduating law students who are ready to practice law, and their success in a tough job market is our success too. We have always been in compliance with American Bar Association and National Association for Law Placement employment reporting standards.”
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