We are very excited about our graduates' exceptional performance and the defining impact it will have on our reputation
Phoenix, Ariz. (Vocus) October 14, 2008
Expect great things from the alumni of Phoenix School of Law, Arizona's newest law school. Ninety-seven percent of the inaugural graduating class has passed the Arizona bar exam.
"We are very excited about our graduates' exceptional performance and the defining impact it will have on our reputation," said Dean Dennis J. Shields. "Our high, first-time pass rate is the exception to the rule for most new schools, which typically build toward this result over several years. It is a true reflection of the caliber of our students and faculty at PhoenixLaw."
Those who sat for the July 2008 bar exam included working professionals who were able to pursue a law degree because of the part-time, flexible programs offered by PhoenixLaw - the only such part-time program in Arizona. The successful bar exam candidates represent the front line of the PhoenixLaw legacy.
"It is noteworthy that our inaugural graduating class posted a pass rate that is above both the state pass rate of 82.4% and the traditional national average estimated at 65% percent," said Assistant Dean for Student Outcomes, Karol Schmidt, who leads the school's bar preparation program. "The results speak volumes about PhoenixLaw's comprehensive bar preparation program and the shared commitment to graduating students who can effectively participate in the legal profession."
PhoenixLaw opened in January 2005, and received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA) in June 2007. The ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools state that students graduating from a then provisionally approved law school are entitled to the same recognition given to students and graduates of fully approved law schools, which in Arizona includes eligibility to sit for the Arizona bar exam. PhoenixLaw currently boasts a student body of 335 with about two-thirds of students attending full-time and one-third attending part-time.
When compared to other Arizona law schools, PhoenixLaw's inaugural graduating class achieved exceptionally strong results, matching or exceeding historical pass rates of graduates from the other law schools in Arizona. "Our pass rate reflects the ABA's charge for greater accountability in legal education," Dean Schmidt added.
About Phoenix School of Law
Phoenix School of Law is Arizona's only privately-owned law school and the only Arizona law school offering full-time, part-time and evening classes. PhoenixLaw received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in June 2007. The mission pillars of the school are to provide student-centered education, produce practice-ready graduates, and serve the underserved. For more information about PhoenixLaw, visit http://www.phoenixlaw.edu or call 602-682-6800.
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