For-profit law schools are increasingly facing closer scrutiny. A recently unsealed whistleblower case against Arizona Summit Law School and its owner InfiLaw raised concerns about how these schools access millions of dollars in federal student aid while producing few graduates who can actually pass the Bar exam.
James Hoyer law firm partner Jesse Hoyer is local counsel in the Arizona case and believes the issues exposed are becoming more common. As an expert on for-profit college cases, she talked with the National Law Journal and Law.com about this latest the case. Here is an excerpt:
“I think we’ll see more cases involving these issues and these defendants,” said attorney Jesse Hoyer of Florida firm James Hoyer, who represented plaintiffs Celia Rumann and Michael O’Connor in the terminated Arizona Summit case. “More and more insiders are starting to realize what’s going on in these schools. I doubt we’re the only two complaints out there.”
According to data from the American Bar Association, Arizona Summit’s 2015 graduates had the second-lowest passage rate on the bar exam in the entire country. The ABA accredits the school and put it on probation for poor performance in 2017. Earlier this year, the ABA also put Arizona on notice that it is out of compliance with its financial obligations.