Sunday, March 5, 2017
TTTT Signs of Desperation: Arizona Summit Law Sewer Shells Out $36,000 Stipend to Induce Individual Graduates to Delay Taking the Bar Exam
Paying Grads to Delay: On February 27, 2017, the ABA Journal featured a Stephanie Francis Ward piece entitled “Will delaying the exam, adding training help Arizona Summit students pass the bar.” Check out this meaty opening:
“A year ago, Kelly Blake was stressed out. The Arizona Summit School of Law graduate was studying for the state bar and suspected that her chance at passing was about 50 percent.
“A bar coach told me that if I was having doubts, there was this program coming up,” says Blake, referring to the school’s Legal Residency Program. To participate in it, Arizona Summit graduates delayed taking a bar exam, and in exchange got four months of specialized bar review courses, optional law clerk positions and a stipend of approximately $36,000.
It was open to all Arizona Summit graduates planning to take a bar exam, but the school does not it encourage it for people who appear ready for the test, Alan Mamood, the program’s lead instructor, says.
Blake decided to join the program. The January 2015 graduate and 35 other program participants were expected to take the February 2017 bar exam.
“I had studied all summer for the bar and I wanted to take it, but I had not secured a job and I have four children,” says Tracy Gillespie, another 2015 Arizona Summit graduate in the pilot program. “It’s a great opportunity the school offers for those people who for whatever reason are not able to really get the full studying the first time around,” Gillespie says.
A for-profit law school that is part of the Infilaw System, Arizona Summit had a bar passage rate of 24.6 percent for its July 2016 first-time test takers.
Some law school critics accuse the school of paying students to sit out the bar exam as a way to increase bar passage rates. The cynical view is that money spent on the pilot project could be a cost of doing business for the law school, which has 279 students and charges $45,424 for annual, full-time tuition.
Donald Lively, the law school’s president, objects to accusations that his school’s legal residency program is meant as a tool to deceive people.
“No one is bought off. All we’re trying to do is come up with an innovative solution for what has been a very vexing problem,” Lively says. “We bring in students who are in catch-up mode. They’ve gone to schools in less advantaged communities, and many have not had the same level of quality education as people who grew up in more fortunate circumstances.” [Emphasis mine]
Do you like how the name of the scheme tries to give this garbage a ring of legitimacy? Yes, what decent law firm wouldn’t want to hire some cretin who attended a FOURTH TIER TRASH CAN and its Legal Residency Program?!?! I’m sure Hiring Partners are falling all over themselves to snag up several of these award winners! By the way, Cockroach Donald Lively: if you are so concerned about your students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, then maybe you shouldn’t charge $45,354 in full-time tuition for the 2016-2017 school year!!
Prior Coverage: If this story sounds familiar, that is because the swine at this private toilet tried this before, although the dollar amount then was smaller. On October 16, 2016, Staci Zaretsky posted an ATL entry labeled “Law School Posts Worst Bar Exam Passage Rates In Its Existence, Drags Down Entire State’s Passage Rates.” Read the following portion and ask yourself if this school is serving the “profession”:
“This summer, we regaled our readers with the tale of one for-profit law school’s plan to keep its low-performing students from taking the bar exam — and then failing the bar exam — immediately following graduation. The law school now requires that all students with GPAs below a 3.33 take and pass a mock bar exam as a graduation requirement, knowing full well that such a requirement may preclude countless students from being able to graduate and further sully their otherwise abysmal bar exam passage rates.
Prior to implementing this plan, the law school allegedly offered graduates a four-month, intensive bar preparation program with a $5,000 stipend and called graduates the day before the exam and offering a $10,000 stipend for them to defer taking it. The institution in question is Arizona Summit Law School (formerly known as the Phoenix School of Law), and now that the results from the July 2016 administration of the Arizona bar are out, it’s time to see if anything this school has done to better prepare its graduates for the test has worked out. Thus far, nothing has helped Summit graduates[.] [Emphasis mine]
The bar results were still BEYOND PATHETIC! I guess this commode will never learn. Then again, a piece of trash named Neil Vincent Wake tossed out a lawsuit against Arizona $ummiTTTT for fraud and misrepresentation on December 27, 2016. Nice Christmas gift to the school, pig! You can damn near always count on politicians in black robes to do what is favorable to the Establishment.
Conclusion: If you are still considering law school, after the mountain range of evidence that shows it is a stupid decision for the vast majority of students, then at least have enough brain cells to not apply to Arizona $ummiTTTT Law Sewer. The for-profit dung heap is rated as a FOURTH TIER CESSPIT every single damn year by “US “News” & World Report. The school is part of InfiLaw, which is owned by Sterling Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Do you think – for one goddamn microsecond – that the “professors” or their investors give one single solitary droplet of excrement what happens to you?!?!
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