Welcome Thank you for your interest in Phoenix School of Law. At PhoenixLaw, our overarching commitment is to our students. Our faculty, staff, students and alumni are passionate about our three-part mission: 1) A n educational experience that is focused on student-centered outcomes. Our faculty, staff, students and alumni share a responsibility to help students develop the values, skills, and knowledge required of legal professionals. Recognizing the rigors of a legal education, PhoenixLaw expects every member of its community to contribute to an intellectually demanding, supportive, multicultural learning environment. PhoenixLaw also endeavors to foster a culture of humility, transparency, dignity, fairness, and respect. 2) O utcome-driven programs and experiences that yield professionallyprepared graduates. In addition to the traditional emphasis on doctrine, critical thinking, and writing skills, at PhoenixLaw we impart real world experience. By focusing on the practical skills and methodologies of law practice, combined with the faculty and staffâ€™s accountability for market-leading student outcomes, we prepare our students to be effective lawyers and give them a head start in legal practice. 3) A commitment to serving underserved communities and student populations. This premise has a broad spectrum, and begins with the location of PhoenixLaw in a community that historically has been underserved by legal education. It continues by immersing PhoenixLaw students in a culture that encourages service to individuals and groups that have historically been under-served by the legal profession. We impart to our students the understanding that the ability to interact effectively with persons of diverse backgrounds and experiences is a significant skill necessary for their success. A community of accomplished students, notable alumni, distinguished faculty and experienced staff, PhoenixLaw is continually advancing. We believe that we provide an exceptional law school education and experience; setting ourselves apart on the basis of our outcomes and our culture. We welcome you to join our dynamic community. Shirley L. Mays Dean, Phoenix School of Law
PhoenixLaw’s Student Value Proposition
At PhoenixLaw, we accept students with a range of incoming credentials and deliver market leading outcomes such as bar examination passage and career placement.
Inclusive Exellence Median UGPA 3.51
144 PSL Average
80 AZ Average
I was drawn to Phoenix Law because of the evening program, but also just the accessibility of the faculty.
•d eveloping the necessary study skills, classroom preparation and exam preparation tools to succeed in law school
• c onstructing time management and stress management skills to meet the personal tasks and academic demands of law school • identifying individualized learning style preferences to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in academics and practice
Placement Rates 100
Helping students to succeed in law school is the goal of PhoenixLaw’s Academic Success Program. The staff of Academic Success provides classes, workshops, small group and individual academic support counseling to assist students in: • adjusting to a rigorous legal learning environment
Bar Pass Rates
At Phoenix School of Law, students have the flexibility of three program options to pursue their legal education: full-time day, part-time day, and part-time evening. Full-time faculty members teach all program options. Additionally, all students can benefit from the law practitioners in the Phoenix metro area who share their practical knowledge as adjunct professors.
•m aximizing effective writing, analytical, oratory and legal reasoning skills
Bar Exam Preparation
All graduating students are encouraged to register for PhoenixLaw’s comprehensive bar strategies course to ensure that students understand the bar review and exam process.
PhoenixLaw •P hoenixLaw’s average 1st time Arizona bar pass percentage to date: 82.7% •P hoenixLaw’s average overall Arizona bar pass percentage to date (including repeat takers): 88.1% •P hoenixLaw’s average overall diversity Arizona bar pass percentage to date (including repeat takers): 88.9%
In addition to the Fall, Spring, and optional Summer semester, Phoenix School of Law offers students the opportunity to take elective courses during three Intersession semesters. Intersession classes are usually two or three-credits, and attendance is for full days over the course of one-week. Each Intersession semester is scheduled in between the Fall and Spring semesters, the Spring and Summer semesters, and the Summer and Fall semesters, respectively.
For a listing of our course offerings, please visit our website at www.phoenixlaw.edu.
Access to faculty provided me with the opportunity, even having a business and a family, to have a wonderful experience and participate in a lot of activities. It really enriched my experience. Patti Briones Phoenix School of Law Juris Doctor, 2008
•P hoenixLaw receives The American Bar Association’s E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award for the General Practice Skills Course. (2009) • PhoenixLaw was ranked #8 for the “Most Diverse Faculty” in the Princeton Review. (2009) •P hoenixLaw receives Diversity Matters Award from the Law School Admissions Council. (2010) • PhoenixLaw named in Pre-Law Magazine’s list of Best Value Law Schools. (2010) •P hoenixLaw’s Moot Court teams have won numerous awards in team and individual categories. •P hoenix Law Review has published 5 journals (with two more by May 2011) - all organized and edited by students.
After taking Bar Strategies I was in the right frame of mind (excited and apprehensive as opposed to just apprehensive) to prepare for the bar exam. The class helped me develop the specific study and exam taking skills I needed so I was able to focus on learning the substantive law. Because of Bar Strategies, and the support that came with it, my journey from graduating law school to passing the bar exam was a rewarding experience. Rebecca Nickell Phoenix School of Law Juris Doctor, 2009
Center for Professional Development
The faculty and administration at the Phoenix School of Law believe that in order to create law graduates who are professionally prepared; they must be exposed to practical skills and ethical instruction in a variety of different ways: externships, workshops, classes and mentoring. This practical experience helps develop our students to be professionally prepared upon graduation. At PhoenixLaw, there are several main areas of focus for experiential learning:
Infusion of Skills & Values
Since the School’s inception, faculty members have taken a coordinated approach to teaching key skills and values as part of their courses. PhoenixLaw faculty members have assumed responsibility for teaching 17 specific skills throughout the core curriculum. The Contracts course, for example, includes drafting, legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, and negotiation.
General Practice Skills
As a requirement of graduation, all students must satisfactorily complete a capstone course—the General Practice Skills (GPS) course. The course was designed by a committee led by former judge and practitioner Professor Stephen Gerst, and guided by the MacCrate Report, the Carnegie and Stuckey reports*, programs at other law schools, and surveyed attorneys who practice law in Arizona. The course’s objective is to infuse skills and values essential to the practice of law for the final year course curriculum. The course is taught by adjunct professors who are all working attorneys in the legal community.
*T he MacCrate, Carnegie, and Stuckey reports, all regarding legal education, are comprehensive studies conducted and compiled by established think-tanks. Generally, the reports conclude the need for law schools to go beyond teaching legal doctrine and to impart practical skills and ethics on law students in order to better serve in their roles in their communities.
Clinical and Externship Programs
The goals of these programs include teaching practice ready professional skills and values, promoting pro-bono service to underserved segments of the community, and providing students with opportunities to engage in small group/collaborative work, while exposing students to the rich tapestry of legal service opportunities. An additional goal is that through the clinical and externship experience, each student will demonstrate improved skills of learning from practice and will have developed a strong commitment to the value of lifelong learning in the practice of law.
and distributes weekly job postings. The variety of recruitment opportunities for employers has resulted in the placement of PhoenixLaw graduates in large and regional private firms, judicial clerkships, government agencies, public interest groups and positions in the business sector.
PhoenixLaw’s Center for Professional Development (CPD) is a full-service career counseling and resource center, committed to assisting each student in identifying, developing and attaining his or her individual career goals. Students meet with a member of the CPD staff in their first year to discuss unique career planning goals and to develop effective job search strategies. Individual counseling sessions are supplemented by career planning workshops and programs throughout the semester, including: resumes and cover letter workshops; interview skills workshops; networking skills workshops; career panels; and mock interview programs, to name a few. CPD offers a comprehensive recruitment program that brings students together with employers and provides them with opportunities to gain practical experience. Each semester CPD hosts employers for on campus interviews, performs resume collects
The CPD office contains numerous handouts on resume writing, interview preparation, networking and job search skills. Also available in the Center are publications covering a wide variety of career-related topics, including career planning, job search, resume preparation, interviewing skills, legal practice areas and alternatives, and law firm practice and management. The CPD’s career website, available to students, contains job postings for summer and academic year positions, information and handouts from workshops, career-related articles and weblinks, job fair information, and a complete listing of the resources available in the CPD library. The PSL Career Blog contains a large number of online resources categorized by Private Firm, State and Federal Government, Public Interest, Judicial Clerkships and General Resources. It is also where the CPD keeps students and alumni informed on the national legal economy and networking opportunities by posting relevant legal articles and announcements for a variety of networking events.
Externships and Clinics include: •A rizona Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Appeals, Protective Services, Fraud and Public Corruption Sections • A rizona Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Division • Arizona Homeland Security Department • A rizona Bar Foundation For Legal Services and Education • Arizona Center For Disability Law • Arizona Center For Law In The Public Interest • Arizona Court of Appeals – Division I • A rizona State Legislature, Office of Legislative Counsel • Arizona Secretary of State, Counsel’s Office • Arizona Supreme Court – Staff Attorneys Office • City of Gilbert – Prosecutor’s Office • City of Glendale – Prosecutor’s Office • City of Phoenix, Public Defender’s Office • City of Scottsdale, City Attorney’s Office (civil) • C ity of Surprise, City Attorney’s Office (civil and prosecution) • City of Tempe, City Attorney’s Office • Community Legal Services • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Phoenix District Office Legal Unit • PhoenixLaw’s Federal American Indian Law Clinic (2011)
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Federal Public Defender’s Office PhoenixLaw’s Federal Tax Clinic (2011) Goldwater Institute Governor’s Office of General Counsel PhoenixLaw Human Rights and Immigration Clinic (2011) PhoenixLaw Hybrid Prosecution Clinic T he Industrial Commission of Arizona, Administrative Law Judge Division PhoenixLaw Juvenile Defense Clinic K aplow & Patane – private law firm pro-bono & reduced fee criminal work K imerer & Derrick – private law firm pro-bono & reduced fee criminal work The Legal Defender’s Office Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (Criminal) M aricopa County Public Defender’s Office – General Crimes and Juvenile Section M aricopa County Superior Court (all the divisions of the court, including criminal, civil, juvenile, probate and mental health, and family) PhoenixLaw Mediation Clinic Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel – Phoenix Office PhoenixLaw Veterans Community Legal Services Clinic
PhoenixLaw is a market leader in career placement with an average 96% employment rate in JD required, JD preferred or professional jobs within 9 months of graduation.
Type of employer
44% 2% 7% 5% 15%
• Private Firm • Government • Judicial Clerkship • Public Interest • Academic • LLM Program • Other Professional
2% *Class of 2009 Employment Statistics
Student Resources Technology
PhoenixLaw employs the latest technology to make learning more effective for our students. From stateof-the-art classrooms, intranet and wireless technology, to smartboards and podcasting, our Information Technology Department is continually implementing new ways to enhance the learning experience.
The PhoenixLaw Library houses an expansive physical collection of legal resources, as well as several electronic databases. The law library is continuously expanding its collection, including multiple formats, such as print, electronic, and audio, to best accommodate each student’s learning style and maximize results. The PhoenixLaw Library holds a collection of 134,683 titles. The collection consists of books, periodicals, microforms, DVDs, audio CDs, and electronic titles and databases covering a wide range of subjects: AngloAmerican law, Arizona law, U.S. Federal law, state law, and more.
Several workshops are offered throughout the year to supplement research skills that students learn in Lawyering Process and other classes. Workshop subjects include: Westlaw/Lexis, digests, reporters, statutes, secondary sources, Arizona legal research, and more. Librarians are available at the Reference desk 72 hours per week to assist students with research and general reference questions.
Upon starting classes at PhoenixLaw, each student is assigned a faculty mentor. This mentor helps guide the student through their law school experience and develop a professional relationship that extends beyond the classroom and to their career. They act as an advisor, assisting the student in understanding and applying policies and procedures, accessing information and pursuing appropriate avenues to obtain information and approvals. Mentoring is also provided via various student organizations, where 2L and 3L students assist the 1Ls by guiding them through their first year of law school.
The library is the students’ gateway to information! Not only does the library provide information in the traditional book format, but it also offers access to information by paying for subscriptions to the major research databases that students are likely to use when they work in law firms: Westlaw, Lexis, HeinOnline, BNA, CCH, and others. The Law Library is open 106.5 hours per week. In addition to 19 study tables and a variety of softseating, there are also six study rooms for collaborative student studying, 22 carrels for individual studying, a training lab containing 32 seats, and four public access computers.
Weeks before I started law school at another institution I received a letter from the school stating I was statistically set to fail; they wanted me to jump through many more hoops to determine my law school success. I thought it was normal for my first year to be surrounded by confusion and panic with no help in any horizon. Then I transferred to PhoenixLaw during the Spring 2009 semester. I must recognize the professors, Hispanic Law Students Association, and the Center for Professional Development (CPD) for all of their help in the short time I have been here. In the Spring 2010, I applied for a summer internship in my hometown of Yuma, AZ; with the County Attorney’s Office in mind. Thanks to PhoenixLaw’s Center for Professional Development and the help of the Yuma County Legal Defender, I was able to secure the only (and first of its kind) paid summer internship at the Yuma County Attorney’s Office. This internship turned into one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had while in law school. It has now turned into a potential opportunity to work as a law clerk with a particular judge. With CPD by my side, I have confidence in the materials I have prepared and am hopeful for another positive result. Marysol Angulo Phoenix School of Law Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2010
As a soon to be graduate, I have experienced some realities in the legal field that are not at all what I expected. I am grateful for those experiences, good and bad, as I truly believe they have prepared me for practice in the legal field. I must say that my success in law school is a direct result of several professors and administrators here at Phoenix School of Law. I owe my success to Dean Barbara Kaye Miller, Dean Shandrea Solomon, Professor Penny Willrich, Professor David Cole, Professor Daniel Dye, Professor Gerst, Professor Glenys Spence, Professor Michael Yarnell, Professor Michael O’Connor and Professor Celia Ruman, Professor Jalae Ulicki, Patience Kosowki, Diane Alkais and Jill Hudson. These professors and administrators have given beyond their job descriptions and professional expectations. In my opinion, behind every successful law school student stands a devoted professor. Every student can think back and remember at least one person who has attributed to their success. I am blessed to be able to name a group of people who I am proud to call mentors, examples and my PSL support family. Thank you! Shirron Reid Phoenix School of Law Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2011
Student Life Law school is challenging and rewarding. Throughout the PhoenixLaw experience, students will get a great education, be prepared for the bar exam and professional practice, and will make some long-lasting friendships and professional partnerships. When students need special programs and resources to help them succeed in law school, PhoenixLaw’s Student Services is there to help. The staff works to accommodate special needs and concerns to make sure their educational experience is first-rate.
At PhoenixLaw, we provide an environment for our students to have a dynamic and enjoyable educational experience resulting in market-leading outcomes. Student Services provides support for students and student organizations to maximize the quality of their experience at the Law School. Our office is committed to empowering students to develop leadership, organizational, and professional skills that will enhance their transition from the academic arena to the professional world. Student Services is also available for counseling, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accommodations, student health insurance, student orientation and graduation information, Honor Court and more.
The Student Bar Association acts as representative body for the students of Phoenix School of Law and coordinates student activities and organizations. Under the SBA are a number of student-run organizations for a variety of interests. Students grow both personally and professionally through participation and leadership in these organizations. More interest groups continue to form and any student may officially start a new organization through the SBA. Some of the student interest groups include: • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association • Black Law Students Association • Cashflow Club • Delta Theta Phi • Environmental Law Society • Family Law Student Association • Federalist Society • Hispanic Law Society Association • International Law Society • J. Reuben Clark Law Society (LDS) • Justice For All (LGBT) • Juvenile Law Society • Legal Aid Work For The Protection of Animal • Welfare Society (LAWPAWS)
The process of establishing one’s identity as a future lawyer invariably begins in law school. During this three or four year journey, we begin to develop and cultivate our professional network and build leadership skills that will last, not only throughout our legal careers, but our entire lives.
• Parents Attending Law School • Phi Alpha Delta • Phoenix Law Women’s Association • Real Estate Club
As a second year law student, Phoenix School of Law has provided a tremendous setting in which I can develop these vital aspects of my law school experience. My role as one of the founding members of the PhoenixLaw Chapter of Delta Theta Phi (DTP) Law Fraternity has been the crown jewel of my law school experience thus far. Through this fraternity, I have made life-long friendships and partaken in terrific academic, social, and professional development events which will undoubtedly prove rewarding, as I enter the legal profession. I am forever grateful to PhoenixLaw for providing me with opportunities, today, which will help me become a future leader in the legal profession, tomorrow! Rafayel Mgdesyan Phoenix School of Law Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2012
• Sports & Entertainment Law Society • Moot Court • Law Review
The PhoenixLaw Community PhoenixLaw isn’t just a law school; it’s a community of individuals who come together for a common goal. Students, alumni, staff, administrators and faculty have a shared responsibility to help students develop the values, skills and knowledge required of legal professionals. Recognizing the rigors of a legal education, PhoenixLaw expects every member of its community to contribute to an intellectually demanding, supportive, multicultural learning environment, and maintain an organizational culture of humility, transparency, dignity, fairness and respect. Our students quickly discover that they are not only part of PhoenixLaw’s community, but they help shape it. Through day-to-day interactions inside and outside the classroom, students gain exposure to new ways of thinking, serve others and build enduring professional relationships in the process.
Faculty The faculty at the Phoenix School of Law is an extraordinary and diverse staff of professors who are dedicated to providing every student with accessibility, academic support and mentorship. Educated at some of the best law schools around the nation, they have worked in large private firms, government agencies, as judicial clerks and in public interest organizations. Our faculty also includes several retired judges. Their specialties range from International Law, Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, American Indian Law, Terrorism and Bankruptcy, to Immigration, Commercial Litigation, Family Law and so much more. The PhoenixLaw faculty is actively involved in scholarship and public service, but their first priority is teaching our students.
One of the reasons I am so proud to be on the faculty of Phoenix School of Law is that each of my colleagues and the staff believe that teaching law students is a sacred trust.
The Valley of the Sun The Phoenix School of Law is located on the Light Rail system in downtown Phoenix, Arizona - also known as The Valley of the Sun. The school is located minutes from the state and federal courthouses, the state capitol and major law firms and Arizona’s financial center. This is the fifth largest city in the United States and one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country. Arizona is full of rich culture – from its Indian and Hispanic roots, to the hundreds of nationalities represented by its residents and visitors today. It’s most known for its beautiful desert landscapes and an average of 334 days of sunshine a year. You can enjoy year-round outdoor recreation such as golf, hiking, and yes, skiing in the winter. There are major league sporting teams, including the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes; a thriving high-tech industry; an active visual and performing arts community; and world-class shopping and dining. An affordable standard of living makes Arizona an attractive place to live and work.
Everyone wants our students to learn the knowledge, skills and values that will make them competent and professional attorneys. We strive to instill the desire for our students to see themselves as problem solvers for their clients and contributors to their profession and community. Everyone knows that the modeling of behavior contributes to learning. The faculty and staff at PhoenixLaw are enthusiastic, creative, hard-working, student centered, community-minded, and caring toward everyone. This is a wonderful place to work, study and interact with people who share common hopes and aspirations. Stephen Gerst Associate Professor of Law / Program Director, General Practice Skills Retired Maricopa County Superior Court Judge
Alumni PhoenixLaw graduates can be found living and working around the world. Our Alumni Relations Office helps keep our graduates in contact with the school, its services, and each other. Services offered include special programs, social events, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses and volunteer opportunities which help our alumni remain active and valuable members of the PhoenixLaw community.
I owe a huge debt to all the Professors and Staff at PSL for the time and effort each placed in my learning process. I will seek to remember and apply the lessons learned from each person who took time to plant a seed in my life. As I enter the next phase of my journey in Texas, my goal will be to make all at Phoenix Law proud of the work I set forth to accomplish. I could not have chosen a finer institution to earn my degree. I am honored that Phoenix Law chose me. Robert Dowdy, Ph. D. Phoenix School of Law Juris Doctor, 2010
There’s plenty to see and do outside of the Valley, too! Arizona is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world: The Grand Canyon – just 3.5 hours by car from Phoenix. Arizona is also home to Tombstone – home of the O.K. Corral, London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Hoover Dam, Karchner Caverns, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Meteor Crater, the Pima Air and Space Museum and so much more.
Feel like getting away from it all? Take a short drive: • San Diego beaches = 5-hour drive • Los Angeles/Disneyland = 6-hour drive • Las Vegas = 5-hour drive • Mexico = 2-hour drive • Flagstaff Skiing = 2-hour drive
Admissions At PhoenixLaw, our goal is to enroll qualified, highly dedicated students from diverse backgrounds with a passion to learn, grow and succeed. PhoenixLaw strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers all to achieve their highest potential. Valuing and achieving diversity among our students, staff, faculty and administration provides us with a deeper understanding of the needs of all citizens, especially those who have been underserved. The qualifications for enrollment are stringent, but once accepted you’ll find our student life and learning environment supportive and collaborative. Your success is our top priority. The first step to law school success is choosing the right school for you. Learn about our full-time and part-time day and evening program options, talented faculty, and bar pass and job placement results. We invite you to visit PhoenixLaw to experience the learning environment first hand. We’ll give you a tour, invite you to attend Admissions events, introduce you to faculty, staff and students, answer your questions, as well as let you sit in on a real law class. PhoenixLaw offers weekly tours every Tuesday at 6:00pm, and every Friday at 1:00pm. You can also arrange for a personalized tour by calling our Admissions Department at 602-682-6800.
Academic Requirements: •A pplicants must have obtained a Bachelors Degree prior to the start of classes. •A pplicants must have an LSAT score no older than 5 years from date of application.
What You’ll Need to Apply: • A n application •R egistration with Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for the CAS (Credential Assembly Service). • A personal statement • C opy of your most current resume • Two letters of recommendation All application information is available on our website at www.phoenixlaw.edu, click on the Admissions link.
We offer competitive Merit Scholarships and Financial Aid.
For more information about the application process or scholarships contact Admissions at 1.888.PHX.LAW1 or 602.682.6800.
Fast Facts for Fall 2010 Applications
New students enrolled
From 37 States / 2 Foreign Countries Men
75% LSAT 153 / GPA:
50% LSAT 149 / GPA:
25% LSAT 148 / GPA:
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