A California jury rejected claims on Thursday that a San Diego-area law school misled a student about her prospects of landing a job when she graduated.
“This is not, you know, Trump University,” Michael Sullivan, the attorney representing the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) told reporters after the verdict was read, per ABC News. “It is so not that. It is such a really excellent law school.”
Donald Trump’s eponymous university is a now-defunct education company that offered a series of courses on investing and real estate. It was not an accredited university and never offered any college credit, according to The Guardian.
Meanwhile, TJSL is a law school whose rank is not published by US News & World report (meaning its rank is in the bottom 25% of schools). The school had the distinction in 2013 of having the most indebted and unemployed graduates. The graduate of TJSL who filed the lawsuit that went to trial this week, Anna Alaburda, said the school defrauded her by painting an unrealistically rosy picture of graduates’ job prospects.
However, a jury in her case ruled 9-3 in favour of TJSL on Thursday, reports Business Insider’s Erin Fuchs and Abby Jackson.
“Today’s decision by the jury further validates our unwavering commitment to providing our students with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to excel as law students, pass the bar exam and succeed in their professional careers,” TJSL Dean Thomas Guernsey said in a prepared statement.
In her lawsuit, Alaburda said she unable to obtain employment as a lawyer after applying to 150 firms. She graduated with $150,000 in debt, which ballooned to $170,000 with interest.
“We are proud of the work we did on this case. We called attention to an issue that was not previously discussed,” her lawyer, Brian Procel, said in an email to Business Insider after the verdict. “We are optimistic that future students will have access to better information when deciding to attend college or graduate school as a result of this case.”
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