How dare you admit me into law school!

Still a couple weeks to go but here’s the early entry for Lawsuit of the Month.

Much has been made here and elsewhere about the lawsuits against law schools alleging falsified (or at the very least, inflated) job statistics. Most of these lawsuits are based in the idea that law schools care only about their bottom line and that they are letting in too many students without regard to what happens to them after graduation.

One student in Tennessee has sued her law school on a similar theory, I guess, a much more, shall we say, creative theory.  She’s suing the school claiming it negligently admitted her. [Knoxville News Sentinel via ABA Journal].

A student at Lincoln Memorial University is suing the institution in Knox County Chancery Court, claiming college administrators negligently allowed her to enroll in law school there even though she is ineligible to sit for the state bar exam.

Morgan Crutchfield, a part-time student at the Knoxville-based John J. Duncan Jr. School of Law, is asking for as much as $750,000 in damages after school officials told her she could enroll despite lacking 12 credit hours in her undergraduate degree, according to the complaint filed Tuesday.

“They discarded the rules at the very least, and I think that as attorneys and as administrators, they’re bound to know what the requirements are when they’re attempting to bring students into the law program,” said her attorney, Hugh Ward Jr. of the Knoxville firm Bernstein, Stair & McAdams.

According to the article, Crutchfield applied to the school before learning she was short of her requirements to graduate from Penn State. The school said it wasn’t a problem so long as she completed the credit before 3L. But when she applied for the Tennessee bar, the board wouldn’t allow her to sit for the exam because she had to finish the credit before starting law school.  It should also be noted that she still hasn’t completed the undergrad requirements, even though she’s 2 1/2 years into law school.