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In the thick of the recession, a college student talks to recruiters at a 2009 job fair.

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For many Americans, joblessness is an unfortunate but unavoidable side effect of a bad economy. Bronx, New York native Trina Thompson, on the other hand, blamed her unemployment on the school she attended. In 2009, the 27-year-old sued her alma mater, Monroe College, for $72,000 when she was unable to find a job three months after graduating with a bachelor's degree in information technology.

Thompson specifically blamed the school's Office of Career Advancement for not working hard enough to place her in a job after graduation, despite her solid attendance record and 2.7 grade point average. According to the lawsuit filed in Bronx Supreme Court, Thompson sought to recoup the $70,000 she had spent in tuition, plus $2,000 for the stress of her job search.