Arizona Summit, located in - yes - Arizona - is partnering with Bethune-Cookman. In Florida. Thank God lemmings often don't get geography, or else this might be a stupid idea. It's a shame more schools don't take advantage of the absurd trans-continental pipeline arrangement that makes absolutely no sense outside of shamelessly well-crafted exploitation.
Arizona Summit Law School (Summit) and Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) will work together to address the lack of diversity in the legal profession. The partnership will focus initially on increasing the number of HBCU graduates who attend and successfully complete the law school process and are prepared for admission to the practice of law. To launch the partnership, Summit and B-CU will invest an unprecedented $12.5M in full scholarships and provide living assistance for qualified students from B-CU and other HBCUs. Summit will accept its first class of students this fall from B-CU."Accept"? More like roll out a red carpet and put a mint on the pillow.
If there's one institution that can understand the lack of diversity in the legal profession, it's Arizona Summit. Just a few short years ago, Summit's founders looked the state of Arizona and saw only two reasonably priced, well-respected public law schools affiliated with major universities that were completely adequate for filling the state's need for attorneys.
Summit was having none of that rationally based, white privilege shit. It understood that Arizona needed a standalone private school at toilet level to ensure there was an excess of lawyers. Everyone who wants to plunk six figures on a law degree should get one with a bagel and a can of coke at some luncheon. It's exactly like how HBCUs established themselves to serve an excluded minority population years ago, by which I mean it totally is not.
Now, Summit wants to make the southwestern legal landscape a little bit darker - bring da ruckus just like Summit did, if you will. And who could blame them? Mexican-American assimilation is working wonders with the good folk of Arizona. It's a multicultural wundergarten, and no doubt ready to lead the revolution of diversifying the legal profession.
Lord knows there aren't any HBCU-friendly law schools back east. It's not like there's already six HBCUs with law schools or anything like that; I don't see one named after Thurgood Marshall yet, do you?
Sure, people may scoff and wonder how a for-profit scam factory in Phoenix can credibly claim any sort of mission in line with HCBUs in a time when qualified minority applicants can get into a decent law school five seconds before classes start, instead thinking it's some sort of cheap ploy to get applicants impervious to criticism because of their diversity. Such people are cynically racist assholes.
Once, Martin Luther King, Jr., famously observed that he, like Moses, had been to the mountaintop and seen the Promised Land. In these times, it's hard not to read "mountaintop" as "Summit," and foresee a bountiful land of multicultural justice while the heartless law school critics perish under their faulty ideology the way the persecutors of Egypt and Dixie fell.