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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ABA Places Arizona Summit Law School On Probation Following 25% Bar Pass Rate

Arizona Summit Logo (2015)Following up on my previous post, ABA Places Charlotte Law School On Probation, Censures Valparaiso:  the ABA has placed Arizona Summit Law School on probation:

The Council determined that the Law School's admissions practices, academic program (including its academic standards and academic support), and outcomes (graduation and bar passage) have resulted in the Law School now being in a position where only immediate and substantial action can bring about sufficient change to put the Law School on a realistic path back to being in compliance within the time allowed by the Standards and Rules of Procedure.

ABA Journal, ABA Puts Arizona Summit School of Law On Probation:

Among its graduates who took the Arizona state bar for the first time in July 2016, there was a 24.6 percent pass rate, according to information released by the state supreme court. ...

In March, the law school announced that it would sign an affiliation agreement with Bethune-Cookman University, a nonprofit, historically black college in Florida.

Also, the section announced Monday that a teach-out plan for Charlotte School of Law, which is currently on probation for not meeting various standards, has been deferred. The school remains on probation.

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Comments

This news was not unexpected.
Let's see what the Trump Department of Education does about it (and how fast).

Posted by: Old Ruster | Mar 29, 2017 4:47:41 PM

Where are the law school defenders? C'mon now, let's hear all about how the ABA is totally out of order in its role as accreditor of law schools in sanctioning this law school, how for-profit education and *opportunity law schools* are vital to democracy, how a 25% bar passage rate is de facto evidence of a rigged bar exam and not of violations of ABA Standard 501b, and how it is downright evil that every last law school student isn't automatically socially promoted by their states' bar exam committees.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 30, 2017 11:52:14 AM

"Law Schools have been miscounting graduates as employed even when they aren't employed as law firm partners at big firms making $1 million+ per year.
This outrageous scam must stop. In fact, law schools should shrink their class size to ensure that every graduate is guaranteed a law firm partnership. Only 1,000 people a year should graduate from any law school in the whole United States.
Just think of how awesome their lives will be with no competition ever for anything!
Professors, Deans, I realize this will mean the end, but remember, it's your moral duty to ensure that every lawyer becomes a multi-millionaire--and not just most of them."

- Our usual law school defender comment troll, in the North Carolina bar applicant DUI thread

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 31, 2017 8:47:16 AM