On January 3, 2013, a New York Supreme Court dismissed a case filed against Albany Law School that was premised on purported misrepresentations related to employment data. The plaintiffs had sought class action status for all Albany Law School students from February 2006 until February 2012. The court ruled that there was nothing false regarding the employment statistics provided by the school, which used an aggregated statistic that included individuals who were not employed full-time and whose employment did not require a law degree.
Despite the fact that fifteen separate suits have been filed against law schools throughout the country, only one suit--against Thomas Jefferson Law School--has survived a motion to dismiss. Several of the court decisions dismissing these lawsuits include analyses that are relevant to and might be helpful in defending lawsuits making similar claims brought against private-sector schools.