ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — St. Louis University Law School is among the second wave of law schools that may be sued for inflating their graduate placement figures.

SLU said in an email, they have not seen the lawsuit and can’t comment. Twenty law schools may be sued next month.

The University of Missouri Columbia Law School is not a target, but Dean Larry Dessem says they are changing their curriculum to better prepare law school graduates.

“Law students can now take classes in real estate and get experience working with legal services in the landlord tenant area,” said Dessem.

As far as inflated graduate placement numbers, Dessem says MU does what all law schools do, report their placement figures to the American Bar Association based on the bars broad definitions as to what constitutes a law school graduate placement.

“The ABA now has recognized the fact that those definitions may be someone problematic and they have changed,” explains Dessem. “The data that schools are now reporting does look at things, such as if a law degree is required for employment.”

No word on whether that change by the bar will diminish the relevance of the lawsuit.

MU mirrors the national trend with a 16 percent drop in law school admissions as the legal profession yields fewer jobs.

MU is not a target of the lawsuits.


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