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Downtown Law School Announces New Name

Phoenix School of Law, a private law school located in downtown Phoenix, is pleased to announce its new name:  Arizona Summit Law School. The new name highlights the ambition and drive of the students, faculty and staff at Arizona Summit Law School, collaborating to accomplish more, and ascend toward their personal “Summit.” This concept exemplifies the school’s mission of delivering student outcomes, preparing graduates for successful careers and improving diversity within the legal community.

The American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school, which opened in January 2005, offers traditional and non-traditional law students the opportunity to succeed through its student-focused curriculum and highly engaged faculty.  The practice-ready curriculum equips graduates with the practical skills and ethical instruction, leadership, management and interpersonal skills necessary for career success. Arizona Summit Law School accommodates students’ diverse needs with options, including full-time and part-time day and evening classes; trimester schedule for graduation in two years; and individualized bar-pass instruction through learning diagnostics and mentoring; and experiential learning opportunities via externships, internships and clinics.

“We look beyond test scores by taking the time to get to know our students’ ambition and work ethic as factors to grant admission,” stated Arizona Summit Law School Dean Shirley Mays. “The new name highlights our commitment to the success of our students who come from diverse backgrounds and stages in life and provides a supportive academic environment where civic-minded leaders and community advocates are nurtured,” she added.

“A core value of our institution is the pursuit of continuous personal improvement, an attribute that we share with our students,” stated Scott Thompson, President of Arizona Summit Law School.  “When we began discussing a name change more than a year ago, alumni, faculty, staff and stakeholders agreed this differentiating characteristic should be incorporated into our name and brand identity,” he added.

The new name and identity were developed in collaboration with Off Madison Avenue, an Arizona-based marketing and branding agency, and Landor Associates, an Illinois-based naming agency. In addition to its new name, Arizona Summit Law School revealed its new logo, web site and advertising campaign.

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Phoenix School of Law Will Change Term Structure

Phoenix School of Law (PSL) announced that it is expanding its current schedule from two academic terms to three academic terms beginning in the fall of 2013.  The academic terms will start in the fall, spring and summer. Students have the option of attending either two or three terms during the academic year. The new structure offers significant advantages to students and is responsive to challenges currently facing legal education and the legal industry.

The advantages of the new structure include:

Course Scheduling

• Required Courses Offered Every Term: New students will have the option of beginning their legal studies in January, May or September. Required courses will be offered in each term so students have the option in the third term of continuing classes, participating in experiential learning opportunities, or taking time off.  Moreover, the availability of three full terms in each academic year affords students a wider choice of elective and required course offerings.
• Increased Course Availability for Part-time/Evening Students: PSL offers the only part-time program for law students in the state of Arizona.  The addition of required courses, additional electives, and increased experiential learning opportunities in each term expands the variety of courses available for part-time students.

• Accelerated JD Degree: Students can choose to attend classes for all three terms and graduate in 2 years resulting in reducing their overall debt and accelerating their legal careers.

Clinics, Internships, and Externships
• Increased Opportunities: Students will have a greater opportunity and flexibility to participate in experiential learning opportunities.  The longer summer term of 12 weeks will allow students to gain more practical experience and additional academic credit.
•    Year – Round Options for Gaining Work Experience: The flexible scheduling option provides the opportunity for full time work experience at any time of the year, which is optimal for both the student and legal employers.

“We continuously strive to improve and differentiate our program of legal education.  Many of these improvements came about as a result of the great ideas of our students, faculty, staff, board members, and the legal community. Our new scheduling options allow our students to continue to develop and apply those practical skills most valued by legal employers”, stated Shirley Mays, Dean of Phoenix School of Law.

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ASU law school construction will start in 2014

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2014 in a plan to relocate Arizona State University’s law school from the Tempe campus to downtown Phoenix.

The East Valley Tribune reports that costs for the law school’s new six-story building are estimated at $100 million to $120 million.

The building is expected to be completed in late 2015 and should open in 2016.

The Phoenix City Council has given its staff the go-ahead to begin negotiations to develop the university’s Arizona Center for Law and Society on city controlled property.

Phoenix is contributing $12 million into the project.

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ASU law school offering North American Law Degree

Arizona State University’s law school is creating a North American Law Degree to prepare graduates to practice in the U.S. and Canada.

School officials say it will expand the job market for new attorneys and creating new opportunities for international law practice.

The North American Law Degree will allow students to graduate within three years.

The degree is designed to allow grads to immediately seek licensure in Canada without further coursework, in addition to qualifying them for bar admission in the U.S.

The dean of ASU’s College of Law —Douglas Sylvester — is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada and a graduate of both Canadian and U.S. schools of higher education.

He believes the degree will be an invaluable opportunity for future attorneys.