Law graduate flogs degree online in bid to clear university debts

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By Thomas Connelly on

Enterprising American attempts to cash in by flogging degree

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Many students leave law school in the firm belief that a career as a lawyer just isn’t for them. One graduate of the University of Miami decided just that, and has adopted an unusual method to cover his financial losses.

Spotted by the Cheek’s US counterparts Above the Law, an advert that claims to be flogging a “genuine law degree” has surfaced on the internet.

For a mere — look away now UK law students — $210,000 (£134,600), you can own a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami Law School.

The advert (pictured below) — which appeared yesterday on classifieds website Craigslist — trumpets the benefits of obtaining this degree from a “top tier law school”.


The anonymous poster waxes lyrical about how potential buyers can gain at least some of the perks of legal education without any of the drawbacks.

The online advertisement states:

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to impress their friends by obtaining a law degree from a top tier law school without having to sit through three years of boring lectures

But the un-named graduate has put some of his legal education to use, adding a disclaimer of sorts to the sale.

Please note that the diploma is genuine, however this sale does not include admission to any state bar or a licence to practise law.

Above the Law even managed to obtain a photograph of the degree certificate up for grabs, although the seller’s name has been redacted.


Cast your minds back to 2014, and you may recall a debt ridden Manchester law student attempting a similar stunt.

Using the website eBay, the unnamed wannabe lawyer attempted to flog a “piece of British law,” which could be yours for as little as £1.

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The seller — who went by the username dlongman88 — eloquently described the “British law” as:

Carefully written in a striking shade of black, all three letters stand boldly upon a genuine piece of white card measuring 76mm x 127mm…

At the time, lawyer and legal blogger David Allen Green took to the Legal Cheek comments section, helpfully pointing out a major flaw in law student’s plan to raise cash.

This cannot be taken seriously? There is no such thing as “British law”.

For those interested, the “British law” sold for £1. However, after factoring in postage and packaging — which the anonymous law student kindly offered free of charge — the innovative entrepreneur walked away with the princely sum of 5p.