Suing Over Grades

The New Jersey Supreme Court has finally decided what is certainly a pressing issue in the minds of unhappy students: can you sue your school for giving you poor grades? The answer was a resounding, “Nope.” The Court determined that grades are not subject to judicial review, only the grading process is. This means that a student who gets C’s or D’s cannot sue the school unless they think that part of the process by which those grades were obtained was unlawful. For example, if the student received poor grades because of unlawful racial or sexual discrimination, then he or she could sue the school.

Perhaps there is another lesson to be learned from this case, in which a mother and daughter filed the lawsuit without the help of a lawyer. If exactly zero attorneys think that you have a chance at winning, then maybe you shouldn’t waste your time.

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