Why many students don't fare well when they sue their schools

— Marshall H. Tanick, a Minneapolis employment lawyer who has handled cases similar to Mary Swenson’s intellectual property suit involving Capella University, explains why it’s tough for students to take schools to court:

“It’s a problem that comes up from time to time, particularly at the graduate or postgraduate level. Students are working on projects … and professors may use part or all of their ideas for the development of a project with commercial value. Students have very few protections. Cases are costly to pursue, they’re difficult, schools (may not be) liable, and the courts have set up a lot of barriers. … Courts don’t look favorably on these types of cases.”