New York Trial Court Dismisses Lawsuit by Against New York Law School For Allegedly Fraudulent Employment Numbers

The decision is here, via ATL, arising in a case filed by several graduates who claim that they relied on the law school’s employment numbers and thought their degrees would be worth more than they are. The judge reasons that a reasonable consumer would not have been misled by the published employment statistics, and that the damages to the plaintiffs are too remote and speculative.

At the end of the opinion, the judge offers an op-ed of sorts about the market for legal services. He suggests that the real reason for the lawsuit is that the market for legal services has tanked, and that the plaintiffs are trying to blame their law school for not foreseeing the changes in the legal economy. He expresses his view that the downturn in the legal market is unprecedented and that we should all help recent graduates find jobs.