Thursday, 24 January 2013

So, I didn't get into Law School....

I remember reading something about it at the time, but it came back to me when I came across this blog.   It concerns a mother and daughter who sued Geelong Grammar because the daughter failed to gain admission to law at Sydney University.  The daughter had apparently been identified as "gifted" but it was said that she failed to apply herself to her studies.  The suggestion seems to be that the school didn't do enough to motivate her.   The claim against the school (based on breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct) was made despite the daughter achieving marks sufficient to gain admission to another law course (after completing the year at another institution).   To my mind, based on observations over a number of years, litigation has to be a last resort, so how this case even got to first base totally eludes me.  The tribunal threw it out.

Numerous thoughts passed through my mind when I read about the failure of the claim, many of which have already been aired in the blogosphere.   Perhaps it will suffice to mention:   a small victory for personal responsibility?    A commentary on obsessive parenting?   A Googleable-trail accessible to every future employer (even in Houston) - very scary! 

1 comment:

  1. This one did make it into Law School (from the 2012 Darwin Awards):

    Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and plunged 24 floors to his death. A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, fell into the
    courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early Friday evening as he was explaining the strength of the buildings windows to visiting law students. Hoy previously has conducted demonstrations of window strength according to police reports.

    Peter Lawson, managing partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that Hoy was "one of the best and
    brightest" members of the 200-man association. A person has to wonder what the dimmer members of this law firm are like.