JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Coastal School of Law is proud of its success, but specific claims about its rate of job placement for graduates may be under fire.
The law school posted on its website a job placement rate of 90 percent for program completers from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.
But those statistics are being questioned by New York attorney David Anziska, who said by phone that the law schools' job placement rates do not tell the whole truth.
"This has been a long time dirty industry secret," he said.
Anziska plans to sue Florida Coastal and 14 other schools to change the system, he said.
Teresa Davlantes, vice dean of the school, responded, "We are complying with the rules and will continue to comply with the rules."
"Florida Coastal has complied with all of the American Bar Association rules with reporting employment statistics," she said.
Attorney Cary Braswell, a Florida Coastal School of Law graduate, calls Anziska's foundation for his impending lawsuit outrageous.
"I find that absurd, to be blunt," said Braswell.
She said she knows of a number of graduates practicing law, but many elect to use their education in other professions.
"They might not be working as as an attorney, but they're working because they have a JD, whether it be in risk management or as a lobbyist," she said.
Davlantes said if Anziska has a problem with American Bar Association Guidelines, that's where he needs to pick his fight.
"It sounds like he's fishing for litigants. All we can say is we'll defend it because we feel comfortable with what we report," said Davlantes.
"It's unfortunate that we have been lumping with other law schools, but like I said, we stand by our numbers and are prepared to defend them should a lawsuit be filed."
Anziska said no suit will be filed without at least three plaintiffs, but he wants to file his lawsuit by the end of the year.
"The time has come for people, for graduates to have their voices heard and put a stop to this," said Anziska.
First Coast News