They say that a person who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client. But law student Jackson Millikan is not only failing to heed that advice, he’s saying that real fools are the teachers and administrators of the troubled law school that made him retake a course he failed.
All of this is according to a lawsuit filed by Millikan, naming himself as pro se attorney. The suit was filed in California Superior Court in San Diego on August 23 and posted on the internet by the Above the Law web site.
In the complaint, Millikan, a third-year student, excoriates Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and several of its faculty and staff. At issue is the course “Civil Procedure II” which Millikan took and received a grade of “D.” So the school required him to re-enroll in the course.
Millikan, according to his legal filing, then went home for the summer to Washington state, where he worked for the State Attorney General’s office. He says that over the summer he heard nothing more about the demand that he take “Civil Procedure II” a second time. Due to this “silence” on the part of the school, Millikan assumed that the school had simply given up on requiring him to retake the course.
He tried enrolling for the fall semester in a set of classes that he had selected, only to find that the school had automatically re-enrolled him in the required “Civil Procedure II.” This disappointed Millikan because, he says in the complaint, “it did not fit the schedule he had already begun to build.”
So he dropped the class. The school automatically reenrolled him again, freezing his account in the process so he couldn’t change he schedule again.
Millikan filed an appeal, which the school is reviewing, but Millikan in his complaint calls the review process “a sham.”
While Millikan’s lawsuit may look like an act of sheer chutzpah, this is not the only lawsuit facing the law school. A New York law firm that worked for the school on a contract dispute also sued in August, alleging that the school owes it $1.3 million.
In August, the school laid off 12 faculty members and cancelled 14 classes as a money-saving measure when its expected enrollment fell short by 100 students, according to the American Bar Association Journal.
SOURCES: Scribd: The World’s Digital Library, Above The Law, San Diego Reader, ABA Journal