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    Hello everyone!

    AZ Central published an article detailing some current issues Arizona Summit Law School is facing with its accreditation.

    The private, for-profit law school remains accredited for at least 30 additional days and it’s expected it will file an appeal within that time frame. However, it is reportedly putting together a “teach out” plan for its current students and it won’t be able to admit new students until if and when its appeal is successful.

    Roughly 70% of recent Arizona Summit graduates have failed to pass the Arizona bar exam. School officials are allegedly encouraging students to sit for the New Mexico bar which is considered easier. Of the graduates who did sit for the bar in New Mexico, 54% passed in February.

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    sunnybeads
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    I’m missing something here. How does passing the bar in New Mexico help if you live in Arizona?

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    Phil O
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    Some jobs just want you to pass the bar and they don’t care where.

    #52933

    Hello everyone!

    AZ Central is reporting that Arizona Summit will not be offering classes this fall and is working with its students to help them transfer to other law schools.

    Most states, including Arizona, only allow graduates from accredited law schools to sit for the bar exam and an ABA decision is expected in October. Right now, it appears current Arizona Summit students have three options:

    1. Transfer to another school.
    2. Attend Florida Coastal.
    3. Take off this semester and hope Arizona Summit reaches a teach out agreement with Arizona State.

    Unfortunately, none of these options are ideal. Let’s examine each of these three options:

    1. Most schools don’t accept more than one year of credits meaning students passed their 1L may be looking at additional debt and time. There is also the whole issue of gaining acceptance as a transfer. Tom Williams, assistant dean of ASU’s law school, stated, “honestly there are a lot of students who wouldn’t succeed in our program.”

    2. Florida Coastal is a for-profit affiliate school. Even if the students are able to take all of their remaining classes online to avoid a relocation, there is the concern that Florida Coastal could be in jeopardy of losing its accreditation and following in the footsteps of Arizona Summit and Charlotte School of Law.

    3. While we hope the teach out plan with ASU will get approved, there is no guarantee it will. These students will also see additional interest accrue on their loans while delaying their legal career by half a year.

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    #52978

    Hello everyone!

    Hat tip once again to AZCentral for reporting that Arizona Summit will not be able to send all of its students to ASU for its teach out. Some of the Arizona Summit students will have to go elsewhere to complete their law degrees.

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