Ex-Profs: Phoenix Values Profits Over Students, Faculty

, The National Law Journal

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Two former tenured professors have sued the Phoenix School of Law and the company that owns it, claiming that they were improperly fired after raising concerns about what they called a drive for profits at the expense of students and faculty.

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  • Phoenix School of Law has made a big mistake. Forget the legal woes that they will have to deal with in regards to this complaint. They let go of two of their best professors in the name of greed.

    I personally had the privilege of taking Professor Rumann's Crim Pro class. She not only exposed a wannabe criminal defense attorney to her real world practice experience, but she took me under her wing and let me help with a 9th circuit case that she was arguing last year. I understand that Professor O'Connor honors his students with similar experience. These two individuals have fought their whole careers for the underserved that lack a voice or the resources to battle in court. They clearly are doing that for us students now by standing up against new policies that will be damaging to us. (the students).

    Thank you Professors Rumann and O'Connor for being an example for all of us. If people stood by while injustice and hypocrisy occurred, we would be nowhere as a country. You both are true examples to all of us moving forward into a legal career. Thank you.

  • It still baffles my why the ABA approved the schools that are part of InfiLaw. They spam potential applicants with misleading data (http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=209190) and they have horrible long-term, full-time, JD-required employment rates that they avoid showing (http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=210126&start=29). Yes, although NALP might calculate employment rates as any kind of employment, it is extremely disingenuous to say that one^s school has a 91% employment rate when in fact only 40% of the graduates thereof are actually becoming lawyers. The ABA needs to start accrediting schools not only because they're meeting certain educational standards, but also because the degree actually has value and can land graduates decent employment.

  • FormerPSLStudent

    What's sad is that O'Connor and Rumann are two of the best professors Phoenix School of Law had -- always challenging students to think critically and work hard. Their actual job performance superseded many of their colleagues and they were respected by the entire PSL community as fair, level-headed, and thorough professors. I agree with what this article suggests -- and I hope that they are successful in their lawsuit. In the end, however, it's the students who are the ultimate losers at Phoenix School of Law -- because the all mighty dollar will always come first to Mr. Thompson and the "board".

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