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Court upholds dismissal of NY Law School grads’ suit

Students sought $200 million in damages for allegedly misleading job data

A court has just shot down an appeal from a group of law school graduates who sued their alma mater for allegedly misleading them about their post-graduation job prospects.

Nine New York Law School grads sued their former school in 2011, claiming it knowingly inflated job data, which gave them unrealistic job expectations. The $200 million suit sought class action status on behalf of all students who graduated from the school since 2009.

Last year, the Manhattan Supreme Court dismissed the suit, and an appeals court unanimously affirmed the decision. But the students didn’t give up, and they appealed to the New York Court of Appeals. That court declined to hear the appeal yesterday without explanation. Just one judge dissented and voted to hear the case.

New York Law School Dean Anthony Crowell praised the decision, saying “NYLS will continue to focus on serving its students and alumni well, building its plan for the future, and reintroducing itself as New York’s law school.”

The suit against New York Law School is just one of a slew of lawsuits that law school grads have filed against their alma maters in the past couple years.

For more law school coverage from InsideCounsel, read:

Yale, Penn, George Washington sue former students for unpaid Perkins loans

Court tosses New York Law School grad’s suit

Law schools cut size of entering classes, adjust curriculums

Judge dismisses suits against John Marshall, Kent

Law school falsified jobs data, according to ex-employee

Justice Thomas says law school rankings cause discrimination

Rankings shouldn’t be primary concern for prospective law school students

DOJ says LSAT is discriminatory

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