13 November 2012

Court rejects Chicago law school fraud claims

A judge has dismissed fraud claims against the John Marshall Law School and Chicago-Kent College of Law in the latest rejection of a string of similar actions.

By James Barnes

Chicago: local judge backs law schools

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Local Illinois Circuit Judge Mary Mikva threw out the proposed class actions against both schools following oral arguments last week. The claims were among 14 similar suits accusing law schools across the US of inflating their post-graduate job statistics to attract students, reports The National Law Journal.

Dismissed cases

Five of the cases have now been dismissed, the other three being against New York Law School, DePaul University College of Law and Thomas M Cooley Law School.
Elsewhere, lawyers acting in actions against Golden Gate University School of Law and the University of San Francisco School of Law both saw off motions to dismiss in San Francisco County Superior Court. Another case against Thomas Jefferson School of Law is also moving forward, according to the report.

Student rights

John Marshall dean, John Corkery, said: ‘The judge's ruling vindicates John Marshall's position that our reporting of post-graduate employment statistics did not violate the rights of any of our students. John Marshall will continue its proud tradition of providing a quality education for its students and of preparing them to succeed in their careers and in life.’
Manhattan-based lawyer Jesse Strauss of Strauss Law -- one of three attorneys leading the national litigation -- said the team plans to appeal the latest setback. They have already filed an appeal of the dismissal in March of the action against New York Law School.

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