Cooley lawsuit thrown out

United States District Judge Gordon Quist dismissed a class action lawsuit against Thomas M. Cooley Law School On July 20. The lawsuit filed by graduates of the school alleged they were misled by Cooley's post-graduate employment reports.

Judge Quist granted a motion to dismiss the case that Cooley had filed in November 2011. The lawsuit filed by 12 former Cooley students alleged that Cooley's post-graduate employment reports led them to believe they would have an easier time finding legal employment after graduation than they did.

The judge ruled that the 12 students failed to establish any legal grounds supporting their claim that Cooley's post-graduate employment reports were fraudulent or misleading.

The judge noted that for purposes of deciding the motion he was required to assume that all of plaintiffs' allegations in the complaint - many of which he noted in his opinion - were true. But the court's ruling makes no finding that those allegations were in fact true.

"We're obviously pleased with this decision," said Don LeDuc, Cooley's president and dean. "We are committed to graduating law students who are ready to practice law, and their success in a tough job market is our success too. We have always been in compliance with American Bar Association and National Association for Law Placement employment reporting standards."

Cooley's legal defense team included Brad Sysol, a 1999 cum laude graduate of Cooley Law School and a principal in the firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone.

Published: Thu, Jul 26, 2012


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