Judge Tosses Employment Stat Lawsuit Against New York Law School

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on March 23, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Ah yes. Law school lawsuits. If you guessed they were going to fail, it would seem you guessed right. A New York state judge has thrown out the first of 15 pending lawsuits accusing the nation's third-tier law schools of misleading their students.

The honor goes to New York Law School, which stands by its employment data. It may have claimed post-graduation rates between 90% and 92%, but its marketing materials told applicants that the numbers "weren't representative of the whole class."

Prospective law students should have known better, according to Justice Melvin Schweitzer. After all, college grads "seriously considering law schools are a sophisticated subset of education consumers, capable of sifting through data and weighing alternatives before making a decision regarding their post-college options."

Who thinks he gave 20-somethings way too much credit?

Justice Schweitzer then went on to express his disappointment in this generation of lawyers. He couldn't "conceive that somehow lost on these plaintiffs is the fact that a goodly number of law school graduates toil ... in drudgery or have less than hugely successful careers."

He must have been referring to the part of the complaint where The Wall Street Journal reports the plaintiffs acknowledge that the school has a "lackluster ranking and reputation."

The choice to dismiss the New York Law School lawsuit for these reasons may have been totally expected, but lawyer David Anziska is not phased. He still has plans to file another 20 law school lawsuits this year. He also wants to appeal.

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