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Judge tosses grads’ suit against Brooklyn Law School

A judge ruled that the school did not mislead the former students about their post-grad employment prospects

A group of Brooklyn Law School graduates evidently aren’t earning impressive salaries, and they won’t be earning any money in the form of damages either, after a N.Y. state judge rejected their lawsuit against their alma mater earlier this week.

The five graduates sued the school for charges including fraud and negligent misrepresentation, alleging that it misled them about their post-law school job prospects. They sought a tuition refund, along with other damages for a class of law school alums.

But N.Y. State Supreme Court Justice David Schmidt said that the school provided data showing that most graduates were “earning modest incomes” rather than landing high-paying legal jobs. He noted that the school’s disclaimers on its employment and salary data warned graduates that their own post-grad earnings may not measure up to the data.

“Given the staggering loss of jobs across and at all levels of the entire legal sector, plaintiffs’ claim that the damages they suffered were a result of BLS’s conduct, is simply not susceptible to proof,” Justice Schmidt wrote in his opinion, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Numerous law school graduates have filed suit against other schools, but their efforts have generally been unsuccessful. Within the past year, courts have dismissed similar suits against New York Law School, John Marshall Law School and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

For more InsideCounsel coverage of law school news, see:

Job prospects still grim for law school grads

Court upholds dismissal of NY Law School grads’ suit

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

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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