Lawsuits part of call for more transparency at law schools

Dec 7, 2015 by

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.

Nikki Nguyen left a $50,000-a-year job at Boeing Co. in 2006 to pursue a law degree at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, her sister’s successful career as a corporate attorney providing a glimpse of the possibilities she imagined ahead of her.

Instead, she struggled for more than a year to find a job after she graduated and watched her student loan debt of over $180,000 balloon.

Nguyen, 34, is among 12 former Thomas Jefferson students who are suing the university in a California court, accusing it of inflating its graduates’ employment figures and salaries to attract students.

“They weren’t transparent,” said Nguyen, whose case is scheduled to go to trial in March. “People who have a dream of law school should go into it with their eyes wide open.”

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.

Source: Lawsuits part of call for more transparency at law schools | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

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