HOUSTON — Karla Ford and Jonathan Chan expected to be spending this year studying legal briefs and litigation as second-year law students at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Instead, last spring, both students were dismissed after getting a D grade in their Contracts II course.
Now, the two are suing the school and their former professor, saying their final grade was "arbitrary and capricious."
In the lawsuit, filed Feb. 2 in U.S. District Court, Ford and Chan say the low grade brought their aspiring legal careers to a sudden halt.
"When you believe that you are doing fairly well and you get a grade you feel you don't deserve, it's devastating," said Ford, 27, who has bachelor's and master's degrees in administration of justice from TSU. "There is a lot of embarrassment and shame. It took a toll."
Chan, 26, said he was also stunned by the low grade, and recoiled at the thought of telling his family.
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