US law school goes on trial accused of falisfying employability data

A landmark case in which a graduate is suing her former law school because she hasn’t got a job, is to go to trial in San Diego.

Anna Alaburda graduated in the top tier of her class at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008. She spent in the region of $150,000 on her study; however, eight years on she is still not employed in the legal profession.

Alaburda is suing the law school, claiming that it enticed students, including herself, to enroll on its course and amass debt by inflating the employability data about its graduates.

Other American law graduates have brought similar cases in the past, but none have reached trial, with judges typically concluding that law students take on the debt at their own risk.

In the UK, employability has become a key selling point of the various course providers. BPP offers students who do not obtain legal employment in the six months after graduation a free place on another course, while the University of Law promises to reimburse LPC graduates with 50 per cent of their fees if they fail to find employment within the ‘legal and commerce fields’ after nine months of graduating.

City University has introduced a compulsory module focusing on employability for all its first-year LLB students.