Thursday, May 18, 2017

Arizona Summit Law School Boasts 29.5 Percent Passage Rate on February 2017 Arizona Bar Exam – and That’s Actually a Slight Improvement Over the July 2016 Test

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.


  1. (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.)

    Very true, but this has got to be the first time in history that any school's graduates did better in February than July. I mean Judas Priest, February is alway top-heavy with the ain't-never-gonna-pass cases.

  2. Throwaway AttorneyMay 18, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    How anyone in their right mind could sign his or her entire financial future away to attend this shithole is just beyond comprehension at this point. But alas, the siren song of being a big-time trial lawyer and fearless social justice advocate will continue to wreck many a snowflake's life on law's rocky shores.

    1. You are assuming that they are in their right mind.

  3. Just exactly how high were the "previous levels of excellence"? The highest rate that I can find (thank you, Law School Transparency) was 69.1% in 2010, which is anything but excellent.

  4. 100 monkeys with typewriters in a room could've passed that exam at a higher rate.

  5. Wasn't this the school that had the "Secret Sauce" for determining which low-credentialed applicants would be successful? Guess that didn't work out so well, did it?

    1. Apparently, there are still no bar exam questions where "real world experience" and "passion about the law" qualify as answers.

  6. Check out some of the hilarious edits that have been made to Arizona Summit’s Wikipedia page.

    Under academics:

    Arizona Summit claims their 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. If that is the case, Summit is woefully bad at fulfilling its mission.

    Under reputation:

    Ranked #1 in diversity by Pre-law magazine in 2017. It should be noted, however, that "diversity" in a school known for taking advantage of its students is not necessarily a good thing (in other words, not only does Summit take advantage of students, but it specifically takes advantage of racial and ethnic minorities).

    Whoever made these edits deserves a pat on the back. To everyone reading this blog, if you have a minute, take the time to update the Wikipedia pages of these toilet law schools. The pigs do care about the content of these pages. I have edited some of these pages to include factual, negative information. The edits were in no way commentary like the comments above. Later, the negative information was deleted and the pages were edited to look like a sales brochure. A few months ago, someone deleted all of the bar passage information and all of the admissions statistics on the Cooley page. They also edited the information about the lawsuit against the school, to falsely say that the Judge dismissed the lawsuit because the information provided by the school was true. They deleted the ruling by the Judge, who said it was unreasonable for the plaintiffs to rely on a couple objectively untrue statistics, to attend a bottom tier law school with the lowest admission standards in the country. That information is back up now. In fact, Wikipedia left a note on the Charlotte School of Law page that the content was written like an advertisement. Fortunately, people have updated the page with all of the recent scandals at the school.

  7. Infilaw owns three shit law schools. Ya know why? Because retards are still enrolling in them.


    "Why Arizona Summit Law School?

    *ABA Probation Notice

    Different by Design.

    Arizona Summit Law School is new, but more importantly it is different. We are designed and developed by legal educators who recognized the need for a law school that is responsive to the profound changes sweeping through the legal profession. Our mission is to establish the benchmark of inclusive excellence in professional education for the 21st Century. Arizona Summit Law School is dedicated to developing the skillset students need to become future leaders.


    A legal education may represent the biggest investment you will make in your life. In recent years, some have questioned the value of a law degree. The value of your law degree ultimately lies in your utilization of the resources available to you at Arizona Summit Law School, including: our innovative Full Integration of Real-life Skills with Teaching (FIRSTclass) Curriculum taught by professors with extensive practice and teaching experience, The Center for Professional Development (CPD), Multi-Year Bar Accelerated Review (myBar), and Clinics.

    Students also find great value in the diversity of the classroom. Diversity at Arizona Summit Law School is much broader than the typical definition of diversity. In addition to the Fall 2016 class profile being approximately 39% diverse, with an average age of 30, they came from very different undergraduate institutions, states, career backgrounds and life experiences.

    *Please see our website at for further job placement information.

    Location Matters.

    Phoenix is now America's sixth-largest city! Our population consists of more than 1.4 million people with a marketplace valued at more than $50 billion. Arizona Summit Law School is located in a community that is renowned for its vitality, diversity, quality of life, and orientation toward the future. Most significantly, it is a place of opportunity. An educational experience that is tailored to the times and a destination location provide an ideal context for law students wanting to live in and lead into the future.

    Arizona Summit Law School is in a modern high rise building that offers all of the resources a student needs to be successful in law school. Some of these features include 42 study rooms and 15 study areas, wireless internet and printing capabilities throughout the building, appellate and trial courtrooms containing the same technology as the Maricopa County Superior Court, knowledge bars for small group learning, and an entire floor of the library dedicated to quiet study."

    Still want to attend this dump, Stupid Bitch?!?! It is on probation by the ABA! Don't complain when you are working at PetSmart, with your TTTT law degree from Arizona $ummiTTTT Law Sewer.

  9. —— Arizona Summit Law School is new, but more importantly it is different. We are designed and developed by legal educators who recognized the need for a law school that is responsive to the profound changes sweeping through the legal profession.

    Which changes, pray? The proliferation of toilet law schools such as Arizona Summit? The lack of relevant jobs, particularly for toileteers? The virtual disappearance of standards for admission? The monstrous rise in costs to students? The questionable value of a law degree even from Harvard or Yale?

    —— The value of your law degree ultimately lies in your utilization of the resources available to you at Arizona Summit Law School

    In other words, if you can't get a job after coming here, it's your own damn fault. Don't blame us. You should have used our "resources" more effectively.

    —— In addition to the Fall 2016 class profile being approximately 39% diverse

    Typical illiteracy. Diverse does not mean 'racialized'. The class is either diverse or not; it cannot be "39% diverse". Perhaps the scamsters of Arizona Scum Pit and InfiLaw should spring for a dictionary.

  10. Oh snap. I just got an acceptance letter from this school. What should I do?

    1. Spend 3 years doing Speedballs and having high-risk sex...

      ... way better idea than going to law school.

    2. Burn that fucking acceptance letter. Don't send in a seat deposit. Go about your life. And pretend this shit never happened.

      You're welcome.

    3. Throwaway AttorneyMay 21, 2017 at 9:45 PM

      Laugh hysterically. And if this is the best school you can get in, then join the Peace Corps. Help some folks and seek out a better career than law.

    4. Anyone stupid enough to apply to that toilet is probably beyond help.

  11. What more does it take for a school to get flushed?


    On May 21, 2017, the Law School Truth Center published a brilliant piece entitled "Arizona Bar Continues Relentless Assault on Graduates of Top Tier School." Here is the full text of that entry:

    "Sadly predictable, this sort of witch hunt:

    Students from a struggling private law school in Phoenix are still having trouble passing the Arizona bar exam, with fewer than 30 percent of graduates earning passing marks.

    It is a small improvement for Arizona Summit Law School, the Arizona Republic reported. Last year, it had a 25 percent pass rate for first-time test takers.
    The Arizona Supreme Court released the state Bar exam results Monday. By comparison, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona law students both had a 74 percent passage rate.
    Why do the state's bar examiners insist on doing this every damned bar exam administration? These rabid sadists will not stop until they have exploited Arizona Summit right out of existence.

    Guarantee you that if you look at the Arizona bar membership, it will be predominantly Arizona and ASU grads. Obviously, this is some sort of conspiracy to drive the hot young school out of business and divide the spoils among the remaining oligopolists.

    I'm starting to think the shameless lies about diversity and the law school improving are not even doing anything anymore to move these cruel, heartless lumps of carbon."

    Who wouldn't want to attend such a pre$TTTTigiou$ in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion?!?! Sadly, cretins will still apply to - and enroll in - this rancid pile of excrement.

  13. And, yet, the sheeple still allow themselves to be flimflammed into throwing their lives away! Good grief! What in the hell ever happened to common sense, sound reasoning, forward thinking and, yes, self respect?

  14. It's getting harder to get into beauty school than it is law skool.


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