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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Arizona Summit: ABA Legal Ed Section Didn’t Give Clear Accreditation Guidance

Arizona Summit Logo (2015)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  ABA Journal, ABA Legal Ed Section Didn’t Give Clear Direction, Says Arizona Summit in Amended Complaint:

Arizona Summit Law School filed an amended complaint on Wednesday against the American Bar Association, alleging that it was not given guidance to come into compliance with accreditation standards.

In November, the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved a teach-out plan submitted by Arizona Summit, which included a closure date for the end of spring 2020. That followed the law school being placed on probation by the council in March 2017 for being out of compliance with various accreditation standards.

“The ABA did not apply to Arizona Summit clear standards for accreditation; did not specify in writing the supposed deficiencies at Arizona Summit; did not consider Arizona Summit’s responses regarding the supposed deficiencies before taking adverse action; did not describe the basis for its adverse accrediting actions; did not consistently apply and enforce it standards; and did not employ effective controls against the inconsistent application of its standards,” according to the amended complaint, which was filed in Arizona federal court. It asks the court to set aside the ABA’s decisions regarding Arizona Summit, enjoin the ABA from removing Arizona Summit as an ABA-approved law school while the litigation is pending, and award damages against the ABA for due process violations.

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2018/12/arizona-summit-aba-legal-ed-section-didnt-give-clear-accreditation-guidance.html

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Comments

Did the administration at Summit really need guidance? The problems were obvious. To name a couple: admissions standards in violation of Standard 501 and bar passage rates in violation of Standard 316. The only chance they have is to show that the ABA acted arbitrarily by settling with Cooley while withdrawing Summit's accreditation. Ultimately, I don't think many will be upset that a school with unacceptably low admissions standards, alarmingly low bar passage rates, and substandard employment outcomes will soon close.

Posted by: Adam Lamparello | Dec 19, 2018 10:14:35 PM

Did the administration at Summit really need guidance? The problems were obvious. To name a couple: admissions standards in violation of Standard 501 and bar passage rates in violation of Standard 316. The only chance they have is to show that the ABA acted arbitrarily by settling with Cooley while withdrawing Summit's accreditation. Ultimately, I don't think many will be upset that a school with unacceptably low admissions standards, alarmingly low bar passage rates, and substandard employment outcomes will soon close.

Posted by: Adam Lamparello | Dec 19, 2018 10:14:35 PM