Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Former Jefferson staffer testifies she was told to falsify job numbers
Karen Grant, a former assistant career services dean at Thomas Jefferson School of Law has filed a declaration stating that she was told by her supervisor to pad employment numbers. Publications such as Law School Transparency and the National Law Journal are reporting Grant's declaration today (Oct. 23). Grant made the declaration as part of a class action suit by Anna Alaburda, who charged last year that, among other things, Jefferson was falsifying employment records. Since then, 14 suits have been filed against other law schools, but 3 have already been dismissed. Grant testified that "I routinely recorded currently unemployed students as 'employed' if they had been employed at any time since graduation." But law schools are only supposed to report graduates as employed if they have a job 9 months after graduation. Grant testified that her supervisor told her, "Everybody does it."
Rudy Hasl, dean of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, disputes Grant's reliability and says Jefferson stands by the accuracy of its data.