Arizona Summit Law School

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Arizona Summit Law School
Logo 2014-04-13 02-14.jpg
Parent school InfiLaw System
Established 2005
School type For profit
Dean Shirley Mays
Location Phoenix, Arizona, USA
33°26′55″N 112°04′24″W / 33.448563°N 112.073199°W / 33.448563; -112.073199Coordinates: 33°26′55″N 112°04′24″W / 33.448563°N 112.073199°W / 33.448563; -112.073199
Enrollment 450[1]
Faculty 18[1] full time 40 adjunct
Website www.azsummitlaw.edu

The Arizona Summit Law School, known until 2013 as the Phoenix School of Law, is a for-profit law school located in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 2005 and accredited by the American Bar Association in 2010,[2]= SummitLaw 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.[3][4] The retired Dean of the University of Alabama School of Law, Ken Randall, who has been credited to have raised the rankings and reputation of the school over the last quarter century has since joined InfiLaw.[5]

According to Arizona Summit's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 40.5% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[6]

Employment[edit]

According to Arizona Summit's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 40.5% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[7] Arizona Summit's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 31.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[8]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates [9]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
  
57.71%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
18.64%
Employed - Professional Position
  
10.75%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
2.15%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.36%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
2.15%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
0.0%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
3.23%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
4.66%
Employment Status Unknown
  
0.36%
Total of 279 Graduates

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Arizona Summit for the 2014-2015 academic year is $64,856.[10] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $243,864.[11]

Campus[edit]

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.

Academics[edit]

SummitLaw'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: SummitLaw 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: SummitLaw 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.[12]

Student organizations[edit]

  • Delta Theta Phi, Law Fraternity, International
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta, International Law Fraternity- Goldwater Chapter
  • 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)
  • SummitLaw Women's Association
  • Federalist Society
  • Real Estate Club
  • International Law Society
  • Moot Court
  • Law Review

Reputation[edit]

  • In 2009, PhoenixLaw was ranked #8 for the "Most Diverse Faculty" in the Princeton Review's "Best 174 Law Schools Rankings".
  • The 2014 edition of Princeton Review's "The Best 169 Law Schools" features Arizona Summit Law School as top ten "Most Chosen by Older Students".


Previously, the Chairman of the Board was Dennis Archer, a former Mayor of Detroit, Michigan Supreme Court justice and the first African-American president of the American Bar Association.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Start Class - Arizona Summit Law School". http://law-schools.startclass.com/. Retrieved 2015-10-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Phoenix School of Law: News & Events". Phoenixlaw.edu. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ Infilaw Corp. (2012). "Home". Infilaw Corp. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Sterling Partners (2011). "Portfolio:InfiLaw". Sterlings Partners. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Arizona Summit Law School: News & Events". InfiLaw. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Arizona Summit Law School Profile". 
  9. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates" (PDF). 
  10. ^ "Cost of Attendance". 
  11. ^ "Arizona Summit Law School Profile". 
  12. ^ "Phoenix School of Law" (PDF). Phoenixlaw.edu. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  13. ^ "Board Members". Phoenix School of Law. 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 

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