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Friday, December 30, 2016

Judge Dismisses Claim That Arizona Summit Law School Fraudulently Inflated Incoming Students' GPAs, LSAT Scores

Arizona Summit Logo (2015)Following up on my previous post, Fired Employee Claims Arizona Summit Law School Inflated LSAT, Bar Passage Data:  National Law Journal, Fraud Claims Against Arizona Summit Law School Tossed:

A federal judge has dismissed fraud claims against Arizona Summit Law School brought by a former student and employee who alleged the school misrepresented incoming students' grades and Law School Admission Test scores.

Judge Neil Wake, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, on Dec. 27 ruled that plaintiff Paula Lorona failed to provide evidence that the Phoenix law school materially misrepresented the qualifications of new students when it omitted from the data it reports publicly the undergraduate grades and LSAT scores of students admitted through its alternative admissions program. The school's Alternative Admission Model Program for Legal Education (AAMPLE) is a seven-week online law course that guarantees those who pass a spot at the school regardless of their grades and LSAT scores.

While Wake dismissed Lorona's claims of consumer fraud, common law fraud and negligent misrepresentation, her claims of retaliatory discharge, violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act and gender discrimination remain.

Lorona alleged that omitting the grades and LSAT scores of those who enrolled through AAMPLE in the admissions data reported to the American Bar Association and in promotional material amounted to fraud, and that she would not have enrolled had the school not misrepresented the statistics. ...

"The law school produced evidence that when all enrolled students, including those from the alternative program, are included in a report of admission statistics, the report is not materially different from what the law school reported to the American Bar Association," Wake wrote.

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This is actually great news for Arizona State. If Arizona Summit closes, Arizona State is going to take a major hit on it's revenue, AZ state's most recent entering class was 228, yet it pulled 48 transfers from AZ Summit alone (plus about 15 more from other schools). One wonders what LSAT/GPA AZ State would achieve if it couldn't rely on the massive revenue from AZ Summit transfers to achieve such selectivity.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 1, 2017 11:01:43 PM