L.A. Law School Exposes Student's Personal Data, Including Their Debt

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Someone is likely to sue.

The Financial Aid Office of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles inadvertently exposed the personal information of what may very well have been the school’s entire 395-member student body to 14 members of its May 2014 graduating class.

Dean Victor Gold sent emails to students last week telling them about “a recent security breach that affects you.” He warned that a document had been mailed to 14 students that included the name, internal system ID number (not student ID number), Social Security number, graduation year, academic status (not grades) and program (JD, LLM) of “some” students.

The document also contained information on loans, and their amounts, taken out by  some students graduating in spring 2014, according to Above the Law, which broke the story and assumed the worst: “You know that if you received an email with all of that information, you’d be going through it with a fine-toothed comb, to the effect of, ‘Ha, that bitch is going to owe at least $136K when she graduates and she doesn’t even have a job!’ ”   

The dean implied that only some members of the student body were affected, but Above the Law said their sources indicated it was everybody.

Gold assured the students that the breach was an isolated incident and that the school takes privacy seriously. He said the 14 students had been instructed to destroy the email but recommended the victims get a hold of their credit reports and put fraud alerts on them. The school will provide them with one year of free credit monitoring.

It was not a good week for public relations at the school.

Just two days before the errant student data emails surfaced, Above the Law reported on a memo sent by the school’s externship director to all students earning class credit in judicial chambers, government agencies and public interest law firms asking that those of the female persuasion not dress like sluts.

“I really don’t need to mention that cleavage and stiletto heels are not appropriate office wear (outside of ridiculous lawyer TV shows), do I? Yet I’m getting complaints from supervisors.”

Although the memo contained other words of wisdom about inappropriate behavior, none were specifically aimed at men.

“Your behavior in the field will create an impression and reflect vicariously on the quality of Loyola Law School and its students,” the memo read.

Impressions do count.

–Ken Broder


To Learn More:

Oops! Law School Screw-Up Reveals Personal Data of Entire Graduating Class (by Staci Zaretsky, Above the Law)

Law School Accidentally Tells Students Exactly How Much Debt Their Classmates Have (by Corey Adwar, Business Insider)

Law School Sends Memo about Inappropriate Student Cleavage, Hooker Heels (by Staci Zaretsky, Above the Law)

Loyola Law School Warns Female Students against Cleavage, Hooker Heels at Work (by Deborah Hastings, New York Daily News)

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