Jump Start Program
 
Arizona Summit Law School offers 1L students the opportunity to get a head start on their legal studies by participating in our Jump Start program. Students gain invaluable experience:
  • Developing academic skills necessary for successful completion of law school and the bar exam in law school.
  • Participating in a General Practice “Clinic Without Walls” under the supervision of a licensed Arizona attorney to address the access to justice gap.  Students will gain experience in interviewing clients and researching legal issues to provide legal education, information and assistance.  
  • Completing substantive law classes that provide a solid foundation prior to enrolling in standard 1L courses.
In addition, full-time students will be awarded a certificate of completion of 40 hours basic mediation training.
Who Should Enroll
All summer new start 1Ls will enroll in the program.  It is also available for fall 2017 new admits who are interested in taking the program.
Program Overview                                                                                           
The Jump Start program will begin in summer 2017. It occurs over the 9-week summer session, and is specifically designed to give students a “jump start” on their law school careers.  Rather than taking the standard first term 1L classes, students will enroll in skills and substantive law classes that will provide them with a good foundation prior to enrolling in the standard first term 1L courses.  The schedule is as follows:
Full-time students:
Contracts I (3 credits)
  • (602) CONTRACTS I - (3 credits) This course introduces the basic law of contracts and promissory liability, including the evolution of the theory and law of contracts, the creation and termination of contract and quasi-contract rights, and introduces relevant provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Restatement 2nd of Contracts, and comparative ideologies and systems governing agreements and expectations.  Prerequisite: None.
Practicum (4 credits)
  • (908GP) GENERAL PRACTICE CLINIC - "CLINIC WITHOUT WALLS" GENERAL PRACTICE UNBUNDLED LEGAL ASSISTANCE (4 credits): Students in this innovative Clinic will assist a licensed attorney who is providing legal advice and assistance. Topics and clients may vary from term to term but could include:  individuals experiencing homelessness, veterans, victims of domestic violence, parents, families, former criminal offenders, etc.  One location serves individuals currently experiencing homelessness at the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix.  Students will have the opportunity to practice interviewing and counseling and to develop the ability to ascertain a client's legal issues, engage in brief research on the issue, and provide the client with advice, limited legal assistance, or referral to another agency. Students will learn about the variety of legal issues most commonly experienced by individuals who cannot afford to pay legal fees, including: landlord-tenant, family law, criminal law, and more. Students will also learn about services available for individuals who cannot afford to pay legal fees.
Skills (total of 6 credits)

Lawyering Process (3 credits)
  • (117) LAWYERING PROCESS (3 credits) - This course provides instruction in legal research, analysis, and writing.  Students learn to use various sources of law and learn the analytical and organization skills needed to produce objective legal memoranda.  The course also includes an oral argument component designed to train students how to argue substantively and persuasively on behalf of a client.  Prerequisites: None
Academic Skills Lab (3 credits)
  • (116) ACADEMIC SKILLS LAB - (3 credits) This course is designed to assist students in developing those skills they need to be successful in law school.  Academic Legal Skills Lab will focus on legal methodology including: case briefing, IRACing, outlining and essay writing, as well as mastery of Multi-State Bar Examination style questions.
 Part-time students:
Contracts I (3 credits)
  • (602) CONTRACTS I - (3 credits) This course introduces the basic law of contracts and promissory liability, including the evolution of the theory and law of contracts, the creation and termination of contract and quasi-contract rights, and introduces relevant provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Restatement 2nd of Contracts, and comparative ideologies and systems governing agreements and expectations.  Prerequisite: None.
Skills (total of 6 credits)

Lawyering Process (3 credits)
  • (117) LAWYERING PROCESS (3 credits) - This course provides instruction in legal research, analysis, and writing.  Students learn to use various sources of law and learn the analytical and organization skills needed to produce objective legal memoranda.  The course also includes an oral argument component designed to train students how to argue substantively and persuasively on behalf of a client.  Prerequisites: None
Academic Skills (3 credits)
  • (116) ACADEMIC SKILLS LAB - (3 credits) This course is designed to assist students in developing those skills they need to be successful in law school.  Academic Legal Skills Lab will focus on legal methodology including: case briefing, IRACing, outlining and essay writing, as well as mastery of Multi-State Bar Examination style questions.
For more information on how to get started call our Admissions Office at 602.682.6800 or email admissions@azsummitlaw.edu.