A growing number of law schools across the U.S. are facing lawsuits brought on behalf of recent law graduates having great difficulty finding employment. Most of these lawsuits claim that the law schools failed to accurately report their post-graduation employment data, misleading students about their prospects for finding jobs after law school and leaving them with thousands of dollars in student loan debt without a job.
However, that’s not the only legal issue confronting law schools these days: Nicholas Spaeth, former North Dakota Attorney General, is suing six law schools and their officers for employment discrimination based on his age. Spaeth claims that the law schools violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act by not offering him a job.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the following law schools:
- University of California Hastings College of the Law
- Michigan State University College of Law
- University of Missouri School of Law
- University of Iowa College of Law
- Georgetown University
- University of Maryland
Spaeth’s lawsuit requests that each law school offer him the job he applied for, a tenure-track teaching position. He seeks compensation for future lost wages and other damages, according to Reuters. Spaeth is 63 years old and has taught at several law schools.
Source: Reuters, “Court splits up age discrimination case against law schools,” Moira Herbst, February 22, 2012.