Flush Twice and Open a Window: On July 28, 2015, ATL featured a Staci Zaretsky entry labeled “Law School Dean Allegedly Begged Graduates Not To Take The Bar Exam – On The Day Before The Test.” Take a look at the following portion:
“Back in June, we spoke at length about what happens when bar exam time rolls around at law schools where passage rates for first-time takers have been notoriously low. At the time, we wondered: “[W]hat if there were a way to ensure that students who were struggling academically would stay far, far away from the bar exam, thus enhancing your law school’s chances of posting less embarrassing passage statistics?”
Pleadings in Lorona v. Arizona Summit Law School suggest that while there is a way to keep law school graduates away from the bar exam, not everyone is happy about it. In that suit, plaintiff Paula Lorona, an alumnus and former assistant director of financial aid at Arizona Summit Law, alleges that out of fear of losing accreditation, deans at all three of InfiLaw’s schools — Arizona Summit, Charlotte, and Florida Coastal — began offering $5,000 payoffs to students who were unlikely to pass the bar exam.
Dean Shirley Mays of Arizona Summit Law later defended those payoffs as stipends that were part of the school’s Unlock Potential (U.P.) program, which “extends the bar preparation from the usual 10-week program to more of a four-month program.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, Pig Shirley Mays has great confidence in her commode’s ability to train future lawyers. The article correctly refers to the $5,000 offers as payoffs. By the way, that amount is a tiny fraction of the average student debt load one accumulates at this ABA-accredited stink pits. Later on, the author then noted the following:
“Hardly improved pass rates aside, it looks like Dean Mays wanted to “enhance” other graduates’ “bar pass opportunity,” because yesterday, the day before the July 2015 administration of the bar exam, she was busy calling Arizona Summit Law alumni at the eleventh hour and trying to convince them to defer their taking of the test.
If a law school has that little faith in its graduates’ abilities, doesn’t that speak more to the quality of the education received (or lack thereof) than the graduates’ test-taking abilities?
There’s nothing like a last-second call from the dean of your law school telling you that you’re about to fail the bar exam to boost your confidence.” [Emphasis mine]
TTTT Tactics in Action: Back on June 11, 2015, the National Law Journal published a Karen Sloan piece which was entitled “Arizona Summit Defends Encouraging Grads to Delay Bar Exam.” Take a look at this opening:
“The dean of Arizona Summit Law School this week defended paying stipends to graduates who delay sitting for the bar examination to extend their test preparation.
The stipends are part of the Unlock Potential (U.P.) program, which dean Shirley Mays called a "creative and innovative" way to help students who simply wouldn’t be ready to sit for the exam otherwise.
The program came under fire in a lawsuit that claims it's really designed to prop up sagging bar rates that threaten Arizona Summit’s American Bar Association accreditation.
Mays insisted the program is justified. The school, located in Phoenix, admits a large number of part-time and nontraditional students, including first-generation college graduates, working parents and people caring for elderly parents as the school’s student body skews older, she said. Many of those students need to balance study time against family demands or other circumstances, she said.
Part-time students comprised more than 20 percent of Arizona Summit’s most recent incoming class, and minorities more than 47 percent, according to the ABA.” [Emphasis mine]
It’s always nice to see thieves and cockroaches justify their filthy actions and boorish behavior. Based on your admi$$ion practices of accepting waterheads and morons, it is clear that you pigs enroll PLENTY of students who will not be ready to sit for the bar exam – even with three years of law school under their belts! The article then continued:
“The program “extends the bar preparation from the usual 10-week program to more of a four-month program,” she said. “It has classes where the students take mock exams and practice questions. They also work on barriers to their success—we identify things that might prevent them from being successful on the test. We help them brainstorm ways to help them address those concerns.”
Paula Lorona, a 2015 graduate and former Arizona Summit financial administrator, alleged in a federal wrongful-termination lawsuit that administrators pressured her to put off taking the February 2015 bar exam because they feared she would fail. She opted for a BarBri course instead of the school’s customized bar prep course and passed the February exam.
“Lorona’s school-assigned bar coach told Lorona that the school is concerned that it may lose accreditation and access to Title IV federal funding due to drastically low performance numbers,” her complaint reads.” [Emphasis mine]
What honorable conduct, right?!?! Yes, this school must be accepting top applicants! Who wouldn't want to enroll in this dung heap?!
Conclusion: Comedian Bill Hicks used the following brilliant joke: “I love the pope. I love seeing him in his pope-mobile, his three feet of bullet proof plexi-glass. That’s faith in action, folks!” The same principle applies to the law school pigs at Arizona $ummiTTTT Law Sewer. Again, this shows that “law professors” and administrators DO NOT GIVE ONE DAMN about students or recent graduates. They are simply involved in “legal education” in order to make high salaries for pathetic amounts of “work” – at the expense of debt-strapped grads and the federal taxpayer.