Monday, March 28, 2016
The Gravy Train Rolls Along: Fourth Tier Trash Pit Thomas Jefferson School of Law Wins TTTT Court Case
The Expected Result Happens: On March 24, 2016, ABC News published an Associated Press story by Julie Watson, under the headline “California Jury Rejects Graduate’s Suit Against Law School.” Look at this opening segment:
“A jury found Thursday that a San Diego law school did not mislead a graduate who sued on the grounds she was lured to the school by false promises that her degree would land her a job after graduating.
The San Diego Superior Court jury rejected Anna Alaburda's claim against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law on a 9-3 vote that was reached after about four hours of deliberations over two days…
Alaburda, who filed her lawsuit in 2011, argued that Thomas Jefferson used inflated data to bolster the success rate of its job-seeking graduates. The 37-year-old woman graduated near the top of her class in 2008 and says she has been unable to find a full-time job as a lawyer. Meanwhile, she said has been saddled with $170,000 in student debt. She sought $125,000 in damages.
The trial came amid growing debate over such promises by schools competing to recruit students. The lawsuit was among more than a dozen similar ones filed in recent years against law schools, including Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and the University of San Francisco School of Law. Though most of the lawsuits have been dismissed, critics say they point to a need for greater regulation and transparency for law schools, so prospective students know their employment prospects, the debt they will incur and their chances of successfully passing the bar.
Michael Sullivan, an attorney for the law school, acknowledged "isolated mistakes" and "clerical errors" in data collection but said there was no evidence that the school lied. He said the verdict set no precedent but may send a signal to other students who sue. "Having an opportunity where it's fully litigated, and depositions and documents examined, to see the hype, the chatter about that did not prove to be the truth, as found by a jury, I think that's a helpful message," Sullivan told reporters after the verdict.” [Emphasis mine]
It’s uncanny how these “institutions of higher learning” ALWAYS manage to make errors that benefit the school, huh?!?! The fact that juries are comprised of people who are too damn dumb to get off of jury duty seems to have benefited the commode. Now scroll down to this comical conclusion:
“Thomas Jefferson representatives noted broad efforts to improve reporting at all law schools and expressed regret about any stain that the lawsuit inflicted on the school's reputation.
"This is not, you know, Trump University," Sullivan said. "It is so not that. It is such a really excellent law school."
This inarticulate fool comes across as a frat boy. One wonders whether he wore khakis, JC Penney loafers, and a cheap blue blazer into court. Anyway, it is damn near impossible to hurt the reputation of a certfied dung heap. If this is the best school you can get into, I seriously question if your IQ is in the 90-95 range. As you can see, TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law is once again ranked as a FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT – by US “News “ & World Report!
Other Coverage: On March 24, 2016, Law School Truth Center posted an OTLSS entry that was labeled “Alaburda v. TJSL and the Grand Pyrrhic Victory.” Scroll down for this nugget:
“But at the end of the day, consider where we were prior to the litigation compared to now. The New York Times' marquee article on the so-called "scam" didn't hit until 2011. LawProf's first post didn't hit until August of that year. While there was a solid trend of "scamblogging" prior to that, the denial on the institutional side was significantly stronger. In five years, applications and bar exam scores have plummeted and the institutional position has changed radically. While the courts have been hostile to claims of shenanigans, the market doesn't lie. That many of the students who applied in droves in 2010 would not be caught dead applying to law school in 2016 is a sign of progress - and not for the law schools. Awareness about the true state of the job market has spread, and I would it to you that the lawsuits have been an instrumental part of that process.
While the law schools, like many large institutional actors, figured out how to comply with the letter of the law without regard to the spirit, they are unable to counter the truth. And from a combination of books, blogs and websites, and - yes - these lawsuits, the truth is now more well-known than ever. These institutions can claim that the Frank McIntyres of the world are experts and that law degrees are worth a gazillion dollars, but the buyers - sophisticated consumers, right? - seemingly aren't taking the bait like they used to.” [Emphasis mine]
Enjoy your Pyrrhic victory, cockroaches. As noted in this OTLSS piece – from December 28, 2015, and based off 509 disclosure forms – TJ$L’s 25th percentile LSAT score went from 149 in 2010 down to 141 in anno Domini 2015. You can count on even lower bar passage rates for your graduates, in the next several years.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the average person does not have much sympathy for broke-ass lawyers or debt-strapped JDs. When people hire attorneys, it’s usually out of necessity – and it is typically not a pleasant experience. Divorce proceedings, custody hearings, land disputes, and depositions don’t bring out the best in people. Why should they then feel sorry for the men and women who were unable to crack into this GLUTTED U.S. legal job market? After all, even many of the idealistic dolts thought that they were going to represent the downtrodden – while driving around in a Jaguar XJ R-Sport and wearing Brooks Brothers suits.
The best way to avoid financial ruin is to avoid applying to, or enrolling in, garbage law schools. Once you are attending, ego and pride may compel the simpleminded to complete the TTTT journey. You are MUCH better off remaining in your current job, working your ass off to make management, and developing real connections in your workplace and industry than you will ever be by racking up $140K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, for a putrid academic “credential.” Don’t even think of going to cesspools such as TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law!
Posted by Nando at 4:43 AM