Three InfiLaw Deans Accused Of Paying Students to NOT Take The BAR Exam
The plaintiff in the court case Lorona v. Arizona Summit Law School, Paula Lorona, has alleged that deans at all three of InfiLaw’s law schools -Arizona Summit Law School, Charlotte School of Law, and Florida Coastal School of Law – have been offering $5,000 payoffs to students that were thought to have poor chances of passing the bar exam.
Lorona, an alumnus and former assistant director of financial aid at Arizona Summit Law, says that the schools began offering the payoff’s out of fear of losing their ABA accreditation. Contrarily, Dean Shirley Mays of Arizona Summit Law has defended these payoffs as simple stipends that were part of the “Unlock Potential” program offered by the school. The program is intended to “extend the bar preparation from the usual 10-week program to more of a four-month program.”
What’s more, there are even reports that several students received phone calls the night before the bar exam from the dean of ASLS, who supposedly tried to talk them out of taking the exam the next day. In response to the reports, Dean Mays told Above The Law in an email response that the calls were not an effort to dissuade students from taking that bar exam, but rather a reminder that “they still could participate in UP.” The full response to Above The Law from Dean Mays is available here.
In previous Poets & Quants coverage of this case, we explored the means in which Arizona Summit and other InfiLaw Schools determine which students are unlikely to pass, as well as InfiLaw’s deceptive marketing involving their bar passage statistics. You can read that article here.
Source: Above The Law
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