Unpublished Papers

Deceiving Law Students: Employment Statistics & Tort Liability

Angie D. Roberts-Huckaby, St. Marys School of Law

Abstract

Controversy is rampant in American legal education. In less than a year, an unprecedented fourteen separate class action lawsuits have been filed against fourteen different law schools. The lawsuits each allege that the schools have disseminated postgraduate employment statistics in ways that are fraudulent and misleading.

Students’ primary goal, when applying to law school, is to become lawyers. Law school is not an institution students attend merely to satisfy intellectual curiosity. Law school is a grueling three-year endurance race challenging student’s intellectual reasoning, emotional rationale, and financial security. Therefore, it is critical for students to choose the right school7 Law student’s choice in schools; however, may be distorted by fraudulent and misleading information about postgraduate employment statistics.

Prior to 2012, the American Bar Association (“ABA”) did not require ABA accredited law schools to “report their graduate employment and salary data directly to the ABA." The ABA did not hold law schools accountable for the distribution of postgraduate employment statistics. There were no ABA requirements compelling law schools to clarify whether their postgraduate “jobs [were] funded by the schools, themselves, or if their graduates were working in jobs requiring bar passage,” or if graduates had permanent or part-time jobs.

Therefore, the question is whether there is a correlation between the duty a law school owes to its students and disseminating accurate postgraduate employment statistics. Specifically, is there enough of a correlation for law schools to be liable for fraud or misrepresentation?

This Comment will address the claims of fraud and misrepresentation made against law schools for allegedly disseminating false and misleading statements about their postgraduate employment statistics.

Suggested Citation

Angie D. Roberts-Huckaby. 2012. "Deceiving Law Students: Employment Statistics & Tort Liability" ExpressO
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/angie_roberts-huckaby/1

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