You Can Sue Your College or University if You Have Been Ripped Off!
We receive at least one inquiry every week from students involved in disputes with their colleges or universities. The most common source of the dispute concerns money: Classes that have been promised to the student have not been delivered as they were advertised in the school's catalog. In some cases, students have had to drop out because of illness, family problems, or finances, and they cannot get their money make from the school. In too many cases, schools have helped themselves to student loans or grants, even after students have withdrawn from classes or the college or university altogether. Typically, efforts to resolve the problem internally with the school fail, leaving litigation as the only remaining solution. The problem is that litigation can be expensive. The college or university has the resources to fight back, while the student is unable to. Lawyers are unwilling to represent students who are trying to recover relatively small amounts of money. In a number of cases we have assisted students, on a modest hourly fee basis, to sue their colleges or universities in their local small claims courts. We have advised them on drafting a claim against their schools, filing it in the appropriate court, serving the proper university official with the complaint and summons, and appearing in court to argue their case. Write us or call us, and we will see if we can help. Remember that as a student, you are a consumer entering into a contract for educational services. It is well established in law that the course listing in a college or university catalog, along with the instructor's course outline or syllabus, constitute contractual promises. The school is promising to provide you with specific educational content, along with a process of evaluating your performance in a particular class. In return, you promise to pay a fee or tuition for this service. There is inherently no difference between this type of contract and a contract you might make for dental services, legal services, or purchasing a consumer product such as a car or furniture. If your college or university does not satisfy their end of the bargain, you should take them to court.
Go to Small Claims Court for Justice
Copyright 2009 W. Andrew Harrell, Attorney at Law.