Pass Rate Still Rots: On May 15, 2017, the Arizona Republic published an Anne Ryman article entitled “On-probation Phoenix law school still struggling on passage rates for state Bar exam.” Take a look at this opening:
“A private law school in Phoenix recently put on probation by the American Bar Association has seen its passage rate improve on the latest round of the State Bar exam but is still struggling to get above 30 percent.
Arizona Summit Law School saw nearly 30 percent of its first-time test takers pass the exam in February after dropping to 25 percent last year. Of the 88 people taking the exam for the first time in February, 26 passed, according to results released Monday by the Arizona Supreme Court.
Arizona State University and University of Arizona law schools both posted a 74 percent passage rate.
Arizona Summit had a 17 percent passage rate for those taking the test more than once, compared with 53 percent at UA and 46 percent at ASU.
Arizona Summit Interim Dean Penny Willrich said in a statement that the school has made major changes over the past 18 months that have resulted in pass increases on the state Bar exam.
"We are comfortable that Bar examination results will continue to improve and revert to previous levels of excellence," she said.” [Emphasis mine]
Garbage in equals garbage out, lady. If you continue to admit waterheads with 141 LSAT scores and 2.9 undergraduate GPAs, do you think that your lazy-ass “professors” are going to be able to turn those morons into breadwinners? Perhaps, you thieving bastards will turn the curriculum into a three year bar prep course. However, couldn’t BarBri or another vendor accomplish the same damn thing – for a fraction of the cost?!?!
Other Coverage: On May 16, 2017, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Law School Once Again Destroys State’s Bar Exam Passage Rate.” Enjoy the segment below:
“Late last week, we brought you news about the February 2017 administration of the Arizona bar exam. At about 41 percent, the pass rate for the exam was horrendous; in fact, it was once again the worst Arizona had seen for more than 10 years (and possibly even longer).
Today, we have the school-by-school breakdown of the February 2017 passage rates in Arizona, and as everyone suspected, one law school’s incredibly subpar results severely impacted the state’s overall pass rate, much like what we saw in the past several iterations of the exam. But in a surprising(?) twist, graduates of all ABA-accredited law schools who took the exam performed poorly.
To see what we’re talking about, take a look at this breakdown of results by in-state law schools, courtesy of the State of Arizona Committee on Examinations:
[Chart showing the following rates:
University of Arizona, pass rate for first time writers: 74%
Arizona State University, pass rate for first time writers: 73.6%
Arizona Summit, pass rate for first time writers: 29.5%
University of Arizona, repeat writers: 52.9%
Arizona State University, repeat writers: 45.7%
Arizona Summit, repeat writers: 17.2%]
“While Arizona Summit Law School did not complete the trifecta of failure by meeting its sister schools’ 25 percent first-time test-taker passage rates, the school still put forth a stunningly low first-time passage rate of 29.5 percent. Arizona Summit has posted its worst February passage rates for the fourth administration of the exam in a row — and school officials somehow seem to think this is an improvement of some kind. (Yes, this is better than the school’s 24.6 percent first-time passage rate for the July 2016 bar exam, but looking at July results versus February results is an apples-to-oranges comparison.)” [Emphasis mine]
Anyone who is still contemplating attending the ABA cesspit known as Arizona $ummiTTTT Law Sewer deserves their fate. I don’t want to hear anyone crying that they can’t land a law firm job coming out of this FOURTH TIER TRASH CAN. Anyone with Internet access can perform a two minute search – and find NUMEROUS articles about this school.
Cost of Attendance: Full-time tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year stands at $45,354. That is an outrage! Look at the results. Would you pay $20K for a 1996 Chevy Malibu – or $1,600 for a cheap Timex watch - that runs 30% of the time? Hell, even then you could walk away from the loan. By the way, part-time students are charged $36,692 – for the same school year – at this dump. Keep in mind that this commode is once again ranked in the fourth tier – by US “News” & World Report. How prestigious, huh?!?!
Conclusion: If you are considering this pile of excrement, then you are a lost cause. It’s embarrassing that you would still be able to obtain federal funding to attend such a toilet. If this nation truly cared about students, then it would place some minimum requirements for shelling out taxpayer money in the form of loans. It would be MUCH better for the applicant to be denied entry up front, then at the end of three years of study – and an additional $165K+ in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt.