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Arizona Summit Law School

Our goal is to enroll highly qualified, highly dedicated students from diverse backgrounds with a passion to learn, grow and succeed. The qualifications are stringent, but once accepted you'll find our student life and learning environment supportive and collaborative. Your success is our top priority. That's what we mean when we say student centered.



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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1092
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 141 - 150
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.55 - 3.3
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 65.85%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90.0%
Tuition $39,533



About Arizona Summit Law School

Our goal is to enroll highly qualified, highly dedicated students from diverse backgrounds with a passion to learn, grow and succeed. The qualifications are stringent, but once accepted you'll find our student life and learning environment supportive and collaborative. Your success is our top priority. That's what we mean when we say student centered.


This brand-spanking new school (known as Phoenix School of Law until 2013) received accreditation from the ABA in June 2010, making it the only private law school in Arizona with both full- and part-time programs. Though this lack of tradition means that many areas of the school can still be considered “reactive,” students claim Arizona Summit is “on the cusp,” and its eventual reputation rests on its performance in the next few years. As of now, the rapidly growing (and somewhat expensive) school seems to be aiming to become a “unique, niche law school targeting nontraditional students with practice ready skills.” Indeed, “practice readiness” is some­thing the school not only proclaims it focuses on, but also “genuinely centers most of its activities toward.”“Phenomenal” professors are very devoted to their students and “will work with you on any issues and really encourage excellence.” The mix of adjunct and full-time teachers “are very accessible, treat us as colleagues, and devote hours to practical, hands-on applications of the law.” PhoenixLaw has “great teachers and very high expectations” (including a strict attendance policy and a C curve), making the achievement of the elusive A difficult, but there’s ample help available from the “knowledgeable, intelligent” professors, and the school even offers intersession classes, which provides even more class availability. “There are many options for class times, if you are willing to take a night class.” “The school’s administration could not do more to try to help and encourage students to succeed. Every school activity and function is centered toward student success,” says a student.Though the name of the school could certainly use some rooftop screaming, its strong practical focus on experience is highly employable, which bolsters its reputation among those firms that are familiar with Arizona Summit. The externship programs and Center for Professional Development are well-lauded, leading one student to claim that “more than any other school I researched, it really bridges the gap between law school and a law career.” The school has also recently begun small-sized review classes, “which are very informative because they discuss how to approach bar questions.”

- The Princeton Review



Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 279

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD, part-time, 4 years; JD, full-time, 3 years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 88
Full-Time Faculty 41
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 6
Part-Time Faculty 41
Faculty Gender 46% Male
53% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 19 : 1


Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 51% Male
49% Female
Student Diversity
White 56%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 17%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 11%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%



Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,533 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,533 $39,533

Financial Aid

88% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$20,062 Average financial aid amount



Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 28

Incoming Class

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 142 - 150
LSAT Part-Time 141 - 149
LSAT Total 141 - 150

Arizona Summit Law School's entering class of enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.53 - 3.3
Part-Time 2.62 - 3.31
Total 2.55 - 3.3

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Optional: Academic GPA, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview



The Princeton Review

#4 Most Chosen By Older Students

U.S. News & World Report

#67 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings
#77 National Liberal Arts



Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 66%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 73%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 69
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer


Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90%
Average Starting Salary $55,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 61 37%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 7%
Business Industry 28 17%
Government 22 14%
Public Interest 19 12%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 6 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 9 5%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
UT 2%
CA 2%
AZ 77%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Arizona Summit Law School include:

  • Javier M. Leija, (J.D. 2010) - Currently in the technology industry as an IP attorney with an expertise in copyright and trademark.
  • Julia Guinane (J.D. 2008), - Kercsmar & Feltus, PLLC; Selected 2013 Southwest Rising Star Super Lawyer.

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