Arizona Summit Law School
|Phoenix School of Law|
|School type||Private, For-Profit Law School|
|Location||Phoenix, Arizona, USA|
The Arizona Summit Law School, known until 2013 as the Phoenix School of Law, is a private, for-profit law school located in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 2005 and accredited by the American Bar Association in 2010, PhoenixLaw is the only private law school in Arizona. The school is not affiliated with the similarly named University of Phoenix. Phoenix is part of the InfiLaw System of independent law schools, which includes Florida Coastal School of Law and Charlotte School of Law, owned by Sterling Partners.
Employment statistics and rankings
According to The Faculty Lounge, 43.6% of the Class of 2012 was employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission, ranking 158th out of 197 law schools.
The school is located in the Phelps Dodge Tower, a 20-story building in downtown Phoenix, occupying the eight top floors (13-20), across from CityScape, at One North Central Avenue.
PhoenixLaw's mission is based upon three pillars: 1) a student-centered educational experience; 2) supporting programs that allow for professionally-prepared graduates; and 3) commitment to underserved communities.
- Clinical Programs: PhoenixLaw houses a Mediation Clinic and other clinical programs designed to develop and enhance practice skills. Courses are offered in trial and appellate practice, mediation and alternative methods of dispute resolution. Clinical methods are used in various courses throughout the curriculum.
- Externships: PhoenixLaw offers qualified, upper-level students in good academic standing opportunities to participate in a for-credit externship program. Students attend a classroom component that provides a link between the placement setting and the learning process. A faculty member coordinates and supervises the externship program.
- Mentoring Programs: Each student is assigned a faculty member as their mentor. The faculty member helps to guide the student through their law school experience and form a professional relationship that will carry into their future career.
- Delta Theta Phi, Law Fraternity, International
- Black Law Student Association
- Jewish Law Students Association
- Phi Alpha Delta, International Law Fraternity
- Hispanic Law Students Association
- Intellectual Property Law Society
- J. Reuben Clark Law Society
- St. Thomas More Society
- Justice for All
- Juvenile Law Society
- Parents Attending Law School (PALS)
- Public Interest Law Project
- Legal Aid Work for the Protection of Animal Welfare Society (LAWPAWS)
- Student Bar Association
- Night Student Society
- Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
- PhoenixLaw Women's Association
- Federalist Society
- Real Estate Club
- International Law Society
- Moot Court
- Law Review
- Previously ranked in the "4th Tier" of American Law Schools by U.S. News & World Report, under U.S. News's new ranking system it is "unranked".
- The 2010 Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools shows an employment status of 88.2 percent nine months after graduation and a bar pass rate of nearly 97 percent.
- In 2008, 97 percent of the graduating class passed the Arizona bar exam.
- In 2009, PhoenixLaw was ranked #8 for the "Most Diverse Faculty" in the Princeton Review's "Best 174 Law Schools Rankings".
- On March 22, 2012 U.S. News & World Report PhoenixLaw was included in its list of "10 Law Schools That Lead to the Most Debt.". According to the same article, the average indebtedness of PhoenixLaw graduates is $145,357.
- In 2013, two former professors filed suit against the school, claiming they were fired for objecting to the school's tactics to prevent students from transferrring. According to the same article, the Associate Dean , Penny Willrich stated she refuses to write letters of recommendation, in an attempt to prevent students from transferring. The school is owned by the Infilaw Corporation.
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- "Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term". The Faculty Lounge. 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
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