David Anziska, the lawyer leading the charge against faulty law school employment data, has big plans. Earlier this month, he announced 12 new law school lawsuits, bringing the total number of suits to 15. But he's not done.
He and his cohorts at law firms in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., plan to sue twenty more law schools in the next few months. And it probably won't end there.
I bet you're wondering if your school will be one of them.
Unfortunately, we don't know. Anziska, speaking with Bloomberg Law, said he plans to release a list at some point in the next few weeks. Until then, we can only speculate.
A quick glance at the list of already-sued schools indicates that we should look at the lower end of the law school ranking spectrum. Tier 3 and 4 schools seem like likely candidates, especially if they've claimed employment rates in the 90% range. Schools located in the Northeast are also more likely to be on the chopping block, according to Above the Law.
Whether or not you agree with Anziska's law school lawsuits, the whole scheme is pretty interesting watch. But as his first-ever television interview proves, he's not:
Don't worry, we don't expect you to watch all 10 minutes of his spiel. David Anziska believes it was wrong for the targeted law schools to break down placement rates in detail. By not doing so, they concealed "how poor of a chance graduates had of obtaining gainful employment in the legal sector."
He thinks only 30-40% of graduates obtain jobs that require or prefer a J.D. within 9 months after graduation. This is abysmal when compared to the schools' self-identified rates.
Speaking of which, the guy makes one pretty good point. We've been in a recession since 2007, yet employment numbers at many law schools remain upwards of 90%. Did they think no one would notice?
- 3 Chicago law schools sued by graduates (Chicago Tribune)
- Unemployed Lawyers Have No One to Blame But Themselves: ABA President (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
- Only 68% of 2010 Law Grads Have Jobs Requiring Bar License (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)