Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Arizona Summit Law School have entered into a new agreement in an effort to increase racial diversity in the legal profession. Arizona Summit Law School, formerly known as the Phoenix School of Law, is a for-profit law school founded in 2005.
Under the agreement, more than $12 million in scholarships will be offered to students from Bethune-Cookman University and other HBCUs. About 100 scholarships will be available annually for HBCU students. The agreement also calls for the establishment of a pre-law institute that will prepare undergraduate students for law school admission and success in the legal profession. The two institutions will also establish a Three-Three Accelerated Legal Scholars program that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years instead of seven.
Edison Jackson, president of Bethune-Cookman University, stated that “Summit is an ideal partner because of its complementary mission and commitment to addressing important but unmet social needs. Summit offers students a strong practical legal education, which readies them for the practice of law. Bethune-Cookman University is honored to participate in a partnership that will afford its graduates, and students who have long desired to attend law school, this wonderful opportunity.”