Nearly a decade has passed since an aspiring young lawyer in California, Anna Alaburda, graduated in the top tier of her class, passed the state bar exam and set out to use the law degree she had spent about $150,000 to acquire.
But on Monday, in a San Diego courtroom, she will tell a story that has become all too familiar among law students in the United States: Since graduating from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008, she has yet to find a full-time, salaried job as a lawyer.
但周一，在圣地亚哥的一家法院，她将讲述一个对美国的法律专业学生来说再熟悉不过的故事：自2008年从托马斯·杰斐逊法学院(Thomas Jefferson School of Law)毕业以来，她尚未找到一份带薪的全职律师工作。
From there, though, her story has taken an unusual twist: Alaburda, 37, is the first former law student whose case against a law school, charging that it inflated the employment data for its graduates as a way to lure students to enroll, will go to trial.
Other disgruntled students have tried to do the same. In the last several years, 15 lawsuits have sought to hold various law schools accountable for publicly listing information critics say was used to pump up alumni job numbers by counting part-time waitress and other similar, full-time jobs as employment. Only one suit besides Alaburda's remains active.
None of the other cases reached trial because judges in Illinois, Michigan and New York, where several cases were filed, generally concluded that law students had opted for legal education at their own peril, and were sophisticated enough to have known that employment as a lawyer was not guaranteed.
But a California judge let Alaburda's suit proceed, brushing aside efforts by the law school to derail her claims.
“It has taken five years,“ said her lawyer, Brian A. Procel of Los Angeles. “But this will be the first time a law school will be on trial to defend its public employment figures.“
“用了五年时间，“阿拉布尔达的代理律师布莱恩·A·普罗塞尔(Brian A. Procel)说。“但这一次，法律学校将首次走上法庭，为自己对外公开的就业数据辩护。“
Alaburda's day in court will take on added meaning: These will be her first public words after years of silence while she pursued a remedy for a legal education gone wrong.