Can I Sue if a College Fails to Appropriately Educate My Child?

The case of a journalism major who can’t land a job because of poor writing skills raises the question of what a parent can do, if anything, when a college drops the ball.

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Today’s article raises two important questions:

  • When a college scholarship is created by a family or business, can they be informed of how well the recipient is doing in their studies, or how they might be unsuited for the degree program they’re pursuing?
  • Can a college be sued for negligence or breach of contract if it fails to give a graduate the basic skills their major requires, resulting in them not being able to find a job in their industry?

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."