Sunday, July 29, 2018
Arizona Summit Law School in talks with Arizona State to take students if school loses accreditation
As reported back in June, the ABA notified InfiLaw's (i.e. for profit) Arizona Summit Law School that it was revoking its accreditation (ASLS recently filed an appeal of the that decision which is now pending). Now the same website that broke that story, AZcentral.com, is also reporting that ASLS is currently in talks with Arizona State University School of Law to potentially arrange for the transfer of students and credits should Arizona Summit ultimately lose its appeal (a so-called "teach-out" plan). The ABA is expected to rule on the appeal by mid-October. Here are more details from Azcentral.com:
Arizona Summit Law School officials are in talks with Arizona State University to let their students complete their education at the state university if the private school loses its accreditation.
School officials said they filed an appeal July 18 with the American Bar Association after the national accrediting body for law schools notified Arizona Summit in June of plans to revoke the school's accreditation.
If the appeal fails and the school closes, they said they are laying the groundwork to ensure students finish at an ABA-accredited law school.
"We’ve had some very productive meetings" with ASU, said the school's interim dean, Penny Willrich.
She spoke during a meeting Thursday to provide an update on the school's status to the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, the licensing body for for-profit schools.
The school's new president, Peter Goplerud, told the board it's possible Arizona Summit and ASU can reach an agreement, in principle or on paper, within a week to 10 days.
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In a statement, ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law said school officials have been approached to help the law school potentially assist in a teach-out plan.
"The proposed teach out plan will help students finish their credit hours to graduate and complete their degree at Arizona Summit. We are currently in discussions but nothing has been finalized."
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