Arizona Summit Law Shuts Down Fall Classes

Arizona Summit Law Shuts Down Fall Classes

Arizona Summit Law School students will not be holding any courses this fall.

Azcentral reports that the law school informed students last week that they would need to transfer to other law schools for the semester. With less than two weeks before the fall semester kicks off, school officials advised students to apply as “visitors” to Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law despite having “no guarantee” that students will be accepted.

“Arizona Summit has announced to its students that there will not be classes this fall, and that Summit is negotiating with another law school for a teach out,” the statement reads. “As [Arizona Summit] will not be offering classes in the fall, [Arizona Summit] will not offer any scholarships going forward to any [Arizona Summit] students.”

Revoked Accreditation

According to Law.com, Arizona Summit would be the second of InfiLaw Corp’s three law schools to close, if the school decides to not reopen. Last August, Charlotte School of Law shut its doors after losing its license to operate in North Carolina.

In June, according to Law.com, the American Bar Association revoked Summit’s law school accreditation. While the school has not announced that it will be officially closing, it has announced that it is putting together an official teach-out plan for existing students, as we reported previously.

“The proposed teach out plan will help students finish their credit hours to graduate and complete their degree at Arizona Summit,” a statement by ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law reads. “We are currently in discussions but nothing has been finalized.”

The current plan would allow Arizona Summit students to finish their courses at ASU and graduate with an Arizona Summit law degree. According to Law.com, a finalized version of the plan won’t be available until January, which is after the fall semester ends.

“Their students are clearly unhappy,” ASU assistant dean Thomas Williams tells Law.com. “They are unhappy with Summit, and some of them are unhappy with us because they think we should be solving this problem for them. We’ll see what happens.”

Sources: azcentral, law.com