Law Student Who Graduated Top Of Her Class Sues Former School After Failing To Find Long-Term Job

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A former law student, who graduated at the top of her class,
is suing her former school, as she has yet to find a full-time salaried job as
a lawyer. It’s been nearly a decade since Anna Alaburda, graduated from the
Thomas Jefferson School of Law at the top of her class.
After she graduated, she went on to pass the state bar exam
and set out to use the law degree that cost her about $150,000, according to
The New York Times.
And like many other law students, Alaburda has yet to pin
down a full-time job as a lawyer.
But unlike several students who’ve tried to sue their
respective schools for damages, Alaburda is the first former law student whose
case against a law school, will go to trial.

Her case states that the law school inflated the employment
data for its graduates as a way to get students to enroll.
Her lawyer, Brian Procel, told The Times that this will be
the first time a ‘law school will be on trial to defend its public employment
figures’.
Alaburda, who has debt of about $170,000, has worked in
various part-time positions, mostly temporary jobs reviewing documents for law
firms.
She filed the lawsuit in 2011, arguing that she would not
have enrolled at Thomas Jefferson if she had known the law school’s statistics
were misleading.
Despite efforts by the school to get Alaburda’s case thrown
out, San Diego, Judge Joel Pressman ruled against the law school.

Alaburda is asking for $125,000 in damages.

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