Bad People and Fools
Here is ibz's take:
I had only skimmed the coverage of the newish lawsuit against Thomas Jefferson School of Law, but David Lat pointed out today that the complaint was filed by a Boalt grad named Brian Procel. Cool.My intuition is in line with ibz's. Absent other strong feelings I will root for co-Boaltie Procel as an extension of principle, but my enthusiasm wanes when it comes to the merits. The world is full of crookely people who will do crookely things to relieve other people of money. I can think of no good reason to believe that the individuals who run our academic institutions are magically above the fray when it comes to those impulses. But--as ibz points out--neither should prospective law students: if it sounds true good to be true, it isn't. I don't know what "caveat discipulo" means, but I have yet to be convinced that caveat emptor shouldn't apply here.
The complaint is pretty detailed and worth reading, if you are interested in this sort of thing. My own intuition (moral, not legal) is that schools are bad if they misrepresent what happens to their graduates, but students are foolish if they rely on what schools say about employment statistics. Caveat discipulo, so to speak. (Third declension, right? It's been a while.)
All of that is why I have a hard time getting fired up about this issue. I feel for the students who feel afraid for their futures and more than a little duped (most them went to law school to AVOID the school of hard knocks, only to graduate with an advanced degree) but I'm not yet convinced they are blameless enough to be entitled to a refund. A jury, I suppose, could see things differently.
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