This is the response from Thomas Jefferson Law school's general counsel and attorney Jeff Joseph:
As many of you have read, the school has been sued by one of its 2008 graduates, Anna Alaburda. Anna alleges that statistical information given by the school to the American Bar Association regarding employment is false and misleading and that it falsely induced her to go to law school. She is working as a lawyer but alleges she is unable to find a legal position that pays as much as a non-legal position.
This school reports employment statistics in the same manner as most law schools, using standards and directions set forth by the ABA. We do not know Anna’s expectations when she started law school. We do know she graduated and passed the bar the first time for which the school deserves some credit.
This is a difficult economy for all professions, including the legal profession. Even assuming Anna is unable to find the legal job she would like, we do not believe it justifies her demand that the school be punished. This is simply a case about the frustrations of a bad economy.
We have tendered the defense of the case to our insurance carrier and intend to fight this suit vigorously. We are confident that our alums will support the school in the defense of this case.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Jeffrey A. Joseph
Associate Dean and General Counsel
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
1155 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA
Phone: (619) 297-9700 ext 4240; (619) 961-4240 (Direct Line)
Fax: (619) 961-1240
Jeff Joseph states:
[b]We do know she graduated and passed the bar the first time for which the school deserves some credit. [/b
So should the Thomas Jefferson school of law get credit for the 50% of students who failed the California bar too?
And also some credit for those who couldn't get a job?
The issue here is not even that the girl couldn't get a job. The issue is how Thomas Jefferson school of law counted students who did not respond to the post-graduate employment survey as being employed when they DID NOT RESPOND TO THE SURVEY ALTOGETHER.
There was an entire article on Thomas Jefferson Law school's fraudulent employment numbers in the New York Times back in January 2011: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/busin ... ted=4&_r=1