16:58, March 27 368 0 abajournal.com

2017-03-27 16:58:04
ABA puts Arizona Summit School of Law on probation



Arizona Summit was found to be out of compliance with ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools (PDF) 301(a), 308(a) and 309(b), as well as various sections of Standard 501 (PDF), according to the council decision (PDF).

“The council determined that the law school’s admissions practices, academic program…and outcomes…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,” the document reads.

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 (PDF) released by the state supreme court.

Required remedial actions listed in the document include the law school providing the section admissions data and methodology for the spring and summer 2017 classes, and reporting Arizona bar exam results within five days of receiving them. Further hearings with the section’s accreditation committee will take place in September 2017, according to the document, and with its council in November 2017, to review the law school’s progress.

In March, the law school announced that it would sign an affiliation agreement with Bethune-Cookman University, a nonprofit, historically black college in Florida. Donald Lively, the president of Arizona Summit, was not available for comment at press time. Bethune-Cookman told the ABA Journal that the school had no comment on the matter.

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