This just in: Arizona Summit has followed the lead of sister InfiLaw Schools Florida Coastal and Charlotte and sued the ABA. I haven't seen the lawsuit yet, which was filed by Kirkland & Ellis, but it apparently makes similar claims as the other two lawsuits.
The school issued a press release which contains wildly exaggerated claims by Interim Dean Penny Willrich, such as this gem: "dozens of other schools with similar or lower incoming credentials of their students were not – and many still have not been – found out of compliance or sanctioned by the ABA." This is simply and demonstrably false. Every other law school with similar or lower incoming credentials of students as Arizona Summit in 2015 and 2016 has also been found out of compliance or sanctioned by the ABA, with the exception of Southern University. One law school is hardly "dozens". Although Arizona Summit did raise its median LSAT in 2017 to 148 (by shrinking to 49 students) this was only after the school had been placed on probation in March of 2017. For the preceding five years, Arizona Summit had been among the half a dozen or so schools in the country with the weakest entrance credentials. Arizona Summit had a median LSAT of 143 in 2016 and 2015, 144 in 2014 and 2013 and 145 in 2012. And of course Arizona Summit has had among the lowest bar pass rates in the country for the last four years, and had the lowest "ultimate" pass rate for the class of 2015 on the ABA's recent spreadsheet. Just last week, the Arizona February bar exam results were announced, and Arizona Summit had a 19.8% pass rate, 31% for first-time takers, and 13.5% for repeaters. Another telling statistic is that Arizona Summit had nearly twice as many repeaters (81) as first-time takers (45). These latest bar results are a legacy of Arizona Summit's predatory admissions policies in 2014 and 2015.
Here is another blatantly hyperbolic statement by Arizona President Don Lively. Referring to the ABA's decision to place Arizona Summit on probation: "it is hard to imagine a more blatant due process violation." Actually, Don, it is hard to imagine a more blatant example of exploitation of unqualified students than you have been running for years. I predict the ABA's decision to place Arizona Summit on probation will be upheld by the U.S. District Court.