New York – Now the students have become the litigators. Graduates of New York Law School on Wednesday filed a class action lawsuit against their alma mater, claiming they were duped into enrolling with false promises of practically guaranteed high-paying legal jobs.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Alexandra Gomez-Jimenez, Scott Tiedke and Katherine Cooper say they were victims of a "systemic, ongoing fraud that is ubiquitous in the legal education industry and threatens to leave a generation of law students in dire financial straits."
The suit says the school duped students by claiming that "the overwhelming majority of its students -- 90-95 percent -- secure employment within nine months of graduation."
The "reality of the situation," the suit says, is "that these seemingly robust numbers include any type of employment, including jobs that have absolutely nothing to do with the legal industry, do not require a JD degree or are temporary or part-time in nature."
"Rather, if NYLS [New York Law School] was to disclose the more pertinent employment statistic" of graduates who landed full-time law-related jobs, "the numbers would drop dramatically, and could be well below 50 percent, if not lower."