Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2134009
 
 

Footnotes (244)



 


 



Redeeming a Lost Generation: 'The Year of Law School Litigation' and the Future of the Law School Transparency Movement


Andrew S. Murphy


Indiana University Maurer School of Law

May 5, 2013

Indiana Law Journal, Vol. 88, p. 773, 2013

Abstract:     
Recently, law school graduates have faced the worst entry-level legal employment market in half a century. Many in this “Lost Generation” of law students may never enjoy the opportunity to practice law in a meaningful way, much less obtain any significant return on the time and (usually borrowed) money they invested in their legal education. Given the vast discrepancy between the employment prospects these students anticipated and the employment opportunities they actually enjoy, many feel that their law schools misled them about the economic value of the education those schools provide. Believing their alma maters have caused them legally cognizable injuries, alumni of at least fifteen law schools have even filed purported class-action lawsuits seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages for those alleged injuries. Although the true significance of these lawsuits cannot be fully appreciated at this time, the lawsuits have already contributed to the goals of the law school transparency movement, and those with an interest in legal education will certainly follow the lawsuits with great interest. This Note will explore the impact of this new type of class-action litigation by focusing primarily on three lawsuits that were filed in 2011 — Alaburda v. Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Gomez-Jimenez v. New York Law School, and MacDonald v. Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Specifically, this Note argues that class-action lawsuits against individual law school might usefully supplement other potential methods for persuading law schools to heed the calls for increased transparency, and will continue to serve a purpose even if the legal education industry adopts — or is made to adopt — additional reform in that area.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: law school, lawsuit, litigation, class action, Alaburda v. Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Gomez-Jimenez v. New York Law School, MacDonald v. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, ABA, law school transparency, legal education, employment statistics, employment data, NALP

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: August 26, 2012 ; Last revised: June 10, 2013

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Andrew S., Redeeming a Lost Generation: 'The Year of Law School Litigation' and the Future of the Law School Transparency Movement (May 5, 2013). Indiana Law Journal, Vol. 88, p. 773, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2134009

Contact Information

Andrew S. Murphy (Contact Author)
Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )
211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,235
Downloads: 141
Download Rank: 120,161
Footnotes:  244

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo7 in 0.281 seconds