For-Profit Law School Sees End In Sight
The end is near for Arizona Summit Law School.
azcentral reports that officials at the law school have outlined a plan to state regulators to eventually close down the state’s only private law school.
Teach-Out Plans Mark The End
Arizona Summit, which has been struck with law school accreditation issues, is currently developing individualized plans for its 22 remaining students to complete their law degrees.
According to azcentral, the teach-out plan would have Arizona Summit students complete courses at other law schools starting in January. Those students would finish their education with Arizona Summit degrees by December 2019, or May 2020.
Arizona Summit President Peter Goplerud says the law school will drop its appeal of the ABA’s plans to revoke the school’s accreditation once the council approves of the teach-out. That also essentially means that once the teach-out is completed, “that would be the life of the school,” Goplerud tells azcentral.
The law school originally detailed teach-out plans to have students complete their coursework at neighboring ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Those plans were eventually rejected by ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, according to the ABA Journal.
“The plan was not ripe for approval. The law school has not yet announced that it will cease operations, and the law school’s appeal of the council’s decision to withdraw approval led to a stay of the council’s decision pending the outcome of the law school’s appeal,” the notice reads.
Compliance Issue History
Arizona Summit has been on ABA probation since March 2017, following compliance issues with ABA admissions policies and academic standards of maintaining a rigorous program.
The law school actively made decisions to try and meet compliancy including raising admissions standards and strengthening academic support for students, according to azcentral.
However, those steps weren’t enough. Arizona Summit’s probation had an effect on enrollment numbers and by the summer of 2018, the school only had roughly 100 students enrolled.
Arizona Summit would be the second of InfiLaw Corp’s three law schools to close. Last August, Charlotte School of Law shut its doors after losing its license to operate in North Carolina.
Sources: azcentral, ABA Journal