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Jury Rules in Favor of Thomas Jefferson Law School, Rejects Graduate’s Claim

A San Diego jury on Thursday rejected claims from a Thomas Jefferson School of Law graduate that the school used misleading employment data to attract students.

The jury found against plaintiff Anna Alaburda 9 to 3.

Alaburda, who graduated near the top of her class in 2008 and passed the bar, claimed the school misrepresented its students’ ability to find full-time legal jobs. The case was reportedly the first from a law school graduate to go to trial over allegedly deceptive employment statistics after similar suits were dismissed by judges.

Alaburda had been seeking about $125,000 in damages.

“I am pleased that the jury affirmed that Thomas Jefferson School of Law did not falsify its post-graduate employment statistics,” Dean Thomas Guernsey said following the ruling.

Alaburda’s attorney, Brian Procel of Miller Barondess LLP, said the case had called needed attention to the information prospective students should consider before enrolling.

“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,” he said.

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