Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Law School Plans College in Arizona; Florida Coastal's Owners Get the Go-Ahead to Open Campus in Phoenix

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Law School Plans College in Arizona; Florida Coastal's Owners Get the Go-Ahead to Open Campus in Phoenix

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Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union

The owners of Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville moved a step forward Thursday in a plan to set up replicas nationwide when a board in Arizona approved a plan to open a school there.

The Arizona Board for Private Postsecondary Education in Phoenix granted a conditional license for the for-profit law school to offer juris doctorate degrees, according to Teri Candelaria, the board's executive director. The OK means the school, to be called Phoenix International School of Law, can start recruiting faculty and students.

Officials hope to open the school in January to 60 part-time students and expand to 120 students by fall 2005. They have selected a spot in downtown Phoenix for the campus.

Phoenix International will not be a branch or satellite campus, according to Don Lively, who will become the school's dean. It will operate independently but model itself after Florida Coastal by focusing on graduating "practice-ready lawyers" -- graduates with high bar-passage and job-placement rates.

Lively, former owner of Florida Coastal and its founding dean, also will serve as vice president for new school development and senior vice president of the Legal Education Holding Corp., the company venture capital firm Sterling Capital Partners created to oversee new law schools. …

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