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Former Student Files Suit Against Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Anna Alaburda graduated from San Diego-based Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008. Now, with law degree in hand, Alaburda is preparing herself for the highest-profile case of her short law-career. On May 26, Alaburda filed a class action lawsuit against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, accusing the school of using inaccurate employment statistics to entice students to enroll.

According to the lawsuit, first reported in a story in the National Law Journal, the school informed students that 80 percent of graduates found full-time jobs within the first 9 months after graduating.

Alaburda says that wasn't true for her. Instead, three years have passed since graduation day and she she hasn't found full-time employment as an attorney. The National Law Journal story reports Alaburda had to settle on a job reviewing documents in order to pay the $150,000 in loans that she amassed while a student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

The class action suit states that damages to students exceed $50 million.

Photo on left: Anna Alaburda, left, welcomes Rep. Susan Davis to Thomas Jefferson campus

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Anna Alaburda graduated from San Diego-based Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008. Now, with law degree in hand, Alaburda is preparing herself for the highest-profile case of her short law-career. On May 26, Alaburda filed a class action lawsuit against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, accusing the school of using inaccurate employment statistics to entice students to enroll.

According to the lawsuit, first reported in a story in the National Law Journal, the school informed students that 80 percent of graduates found full-time jobs within the first 9 months after graduating.

Alaburda says that wasn't true for her. Instead, three years have passed since graduation day and she she hasn't found full-time employment as an attorney. The National Law Journal story reports Alaburda had to settle on a job reviewing documents in order to pay the $150,000 in loans that she amassed while a student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

The class action suit states that damages to students exceed $50 million.

Photo on left: Anna Alaburda, left, welcomes Rep. Susan Davis to Thomas Jefferson campus

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Alaburda says that wasn't true for her. Instead, three years have passed since graduation day and she she hasn't found full-time employment as an attorney. The National Law Journal story reports Alaburda had to settle on a job reviewing documents in order to pay the $150,000 in loans that she amassed while a student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

===================== Over 50% of all graduating law students will NEVER get a job as an attorney-the jobs are not out there-and never will be. The over supply of new law grads is STAGGERING. We have too many law shcools, too many new lawyers and more ABA law schools coming online everyday. ABA law schools have been increasing at about 1% per year, while the market for lawyers has dried up to almost zero, and present jobs decreasing at a rate of 10% or more per year. Bad combo.

And "document review" is the kiss of death for a law grad, once that makes it onto your resume you will NEVER (or close to it) get a real attorney job. It is also not legal work. It is trained circus chimp work. Doc review pays $10-$20 an hour with NO benefits, none at all, temp work, awful working conditions, very low pay.

I have to laugh at gov employees like cops and firewhiners who claim you MUST offer $200K comp packages to get the "best and brightest" appicants, who have nothing more than HS diplomas and GED's- while highly educated PROFESSIONALS are reduced to working for as little as $10 an hour in temp jobs with no benefits in the real world.

If this class action succeeds it could be the demise of Thomas Jefferson LS and a number of other "TTT" law schools.

I would estimate that 60%-80% of ALL law grads from TTT law schools will never be ABLE (no jobs, not enough money being paid for the few jobs out there)to repay the $100K-$200K that LS set them back. That is another reason we will see many of these TTT LS's close down. Once the DoE sees the true default rate it won't continue the student loans.

BTW-the pic is of the old I-5 location, didn't they move into a brand new building downtown??

May 31, 2011

From the linked NLJ article;

"For more than 15 years, TJSL has churned out graduates, *many of whom have little or no hope of working as attorneys at any point in their careers," the complaint reads.

*many= 50%-80%

. http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202495481202&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1!%5BImage%5D(http://media.sdreader.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2011/May/31/TJSL-Old-Town.jpg) .

May 31, 2011

This is indeed the payoff for all those schools that offer advanced degrees with no regard to the career prospects of the grads. A law degree has been, for too long, the password to a lifetime of high earnings and steady employment. Except that it hasn't meant that for a very long time. It is now, when these schools are turning out legions of grads, that is is becoming obvious that society doesn't need masses of attorneys, and that it cannot afford to pay all of them six- to seven-figure salaries. Even the grads of the ABA accredited law schools are struggling for openings; so what do the grads from the non-accredited schools expect. This young woman expected some TRUTH, and didn't get any. That school has probably never had its 80% of its grads employed within 9 months, not once in its history. That would be remarkable for most of the top law schools, let alone TJ. If/when this class-action suit actually makes its point and puts that school out of business, it will have done the public a great service.

On the human side, coming out of a program such as that, with $150K of debt and not being able to pay on it, now or ever, is the ultimate in victimization. It ought to be a criminal, and someone should go to jail about this. Oh, Bahnee, where art thou in this fraud? She's AWOL as usual.

May 31, 2011

On the human side, coming out of a program such as that, with $150K of debt and not being able to pay on it, now or ever, is the ultimate in victimization. It ought to be a criminal, and someone should go to jail about this. Oh, Bahnee, where art thou in this fraud? She's AWOL as usual.

==================== IT IS FRAUD, AND THE REASON IT IS ALLOWED IS BECAUSE THE CONGRESS IS GETTING PAID OFF.

June 1, 2011

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