Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff files suit against Golden Gate University School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, Southwestern Law School and California Western School of Law on behalf of graduates who claim they were misled by the schools' deceptive post-graduate placement information.
February 2, 2012
J.R. Parker at Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff in Sacramento is filing suit* against Golden Gate School of Law, the University of San Francisco School of Law, Southwestern Law School, and California Western Law School, based upon claims that each of the schools systematically misrepresented post-graduate employment placement information.
According to the complaints, each of the schools represented that 80% or more of its graduates have obtained employment within 9 months of graduation. These numbers, however, include employment that has nothing to do with law, and could include jobs like folding shirts at Macy's or serving coffee at Starbucks. The schools' reported placement numbers do not account for graduates who do not report their employment information, nor do they account for the actual number of graduates employed in J.D. degree-preferred, permanent positions. Allegedly, the real figure may be closer to 40%, or less.
"Unfortunately, because these law schools have been misrepresenting their post-graduate placement rates, thousands of graduates have been sold a bill of goods -- namely, a $100,000+ law degree from a school where many or most graduates cannot get full-time, permanent jobs as attorneys," explains Parker. "Omitting the most pertinent facts about post-graduate placement rates has been a disaster for hundreds or thousands of recent graduates from these schools, who discover after graduation that the schools' claims of up to 90% post-graduate employment are bogus."
Each of these four cases seek to remedy the way law schools report post-graduate employment and salary information by requiring that they disclose accurate information to prospective and current students. The plaintiffs also seek financial relief in the form of tuition reimbursement for former and current students of each of the four schools.
*San Diego County Superior Court, Case No. 37-2012-00091627-CU-BT-CTL,
San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. CGC-12-517861