Judge tosses Cooley Law grads’ lawsuit

Court rules that school didn’t violate consumer protection law

It’s the end of the road for a group of law school graduates who tried to sue their alma mater.

On Friday, a Michigan court tossed a lawsuit that Cooley Law School grads brought against their former school, which they said misrepresented graduates’ job-placement data. The students sought $250 million in damages and claimed that the school violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

At a June hearing, Judge Gordon Quist told the plaintiffs that they faced an “uphill battle” in arguing that Cooley’s alleged misreporting violated the act, and last week, he ruled that the school didn’t break the law. He said Cooley’s career data was “literally true” whether it differentiated between recent graduates in legal jobs or nonlegal jobs, and that the plaintiffs “unreasonably relied upon” the data when deciding to attend Cooley.

The Cooley suit dismissal follows the March dismissal of a similar suit that New York Law School grads filed against their former school. Dozens of other law schools still face litigation from grads who claim their schools mislead them about career opportunities after law school.

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