Lawsuits part of call for greater transparency about value of law school education

Former students are suing Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, accusing it of inflating its graduates' employment figures and salaries to attract students.

The lawsuits are among more than a dozen similar ones filed in recent years against law schools alleging they misrepresented their employment figures.

Though most of the suits 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 even their chances of successfully passing the bar.

An attorney for Thomas Jefferson, Michael Sullivan, denied the allegations and said the school was following procedures set by the American Bar Association that have since changed.

The ABA has since required schools to publish a more detailed breakdown of their employment figures.