Grads Sue Southwestern Law School Over Employment Rate Claims
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A group of former Southwestern Law School students are taking their alma mater to court over its claims of a 98 percent employment rate after graduation.
KNX 1070’s Megan Goldsby reports the case – which went before a judge Wednesday in the Central Civil West Courthouse in Los Angeles – is just the latest in a string of graduates suing their former schools once they can’t find work.
Lawyers for the Southwestern grads say the school even created positions for former students to boost their employment rates, and allege Southwestern used non-legal jobs to formulate their statistics.
But attorneys for Southwestern said the school isn’t doing anything that other law schools don’t, and that the students may have not known how to interpret those statistics as they shopped for schools.
With computers now taking the place of many law jobs, officials with the State Bar of California said in August a combination of a high number of law school graduates and fewer jobs has left many lawyers looking for work.
In February 2012, graduates from Southwestern and over a dozen law schools nationwide filed class action complaints over how the institutions report employment data for their graduates.