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Arizona State University Sandra Day O'connor College of Law

Opportunities to study numerous areas of the law abound at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. The college is home to centers and programs dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge while honoring the traditions of the past.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 577
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 161 - 165
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.3 - 3.82
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 85.8%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 96.0%
In State Tuition $26,267
Out of State Tuition $40,815

Overview

Overview

About Arizona State University Sandra Day O'connor College of Law

Opportunities to study numerous areas of the law abound at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. The college is home to centers and programs dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge while honoring the traditions of the past.

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The College of Law at Arizona State University is a smaller law school with smaller classes where “you get a lot of personal attention.” At the same time, “The range of courses is extensive.” The Indian Legal Program here is one of the finest of its kind in the country. Another point of pride is the Center for Law, Science and Innovation, which—not very surprisingly—concentrates on the intersection between law and science. Hands-on opportunities to “get real-world experience in nearly any legal field” are abundant. Eleven clinics allow students “to employ lawyer[ing] skills instead of just talking about it or writing legal memos,” and virtually every student who wants to participate in a clinic can participate. There are “almost too many opportunities for externships” with judges, legislative offices, and administrative agencies, observes one awed student. The faculty at ASU is “a wide mix of both hardscrabble, old-school courtroom warriors, and young, innovative minds.” There are a lot of adjunct faculty members “who enjoy teach­ing and who bring real practical experience into the classroom” as well. Most professors are “very accessible and happy to help.” “They enjoy getting to know students outside of the classroom.” Inside the classroom, “professors use the Socratic Method mostly, but not in a scary way.” The focus is “more on teaching relevant materials than playing games with students.” “Although the material is sometimes as dry as the Arizona desert, the teachers do a great job [of] keeping the class interesting.” “I could not have asked for better professors my first semester,” beams a 1L. A few students tell us that the adminis­tration is “only concerned with raising ASU’s ranking” but the overwhelming sentiment is that with programs like the 3L Bar (taking the AZ bar exam in the 3rd year) and a new building in the works the top brass is “visionary” and “extremely responsive.” The law school staff as a whole is “totally” approachable and “wonderful to work with at every level” (though it’s a much different story when you are “forced to deal with the red tape of the general university”). Students here have “amazing access” to the Phoenix legal market and Career Services “will bend over back[ward] for you to help you make contacts in the job market.” Students also point out that for better or for worse, they are “bombarded with opportuni­ties to meet with practicing attorneys.” Opinions concerning the portability of an ASU degree are decidedly split, though. Some students say it’s very easy if you want to work in another state upon graduation. “ASU law degrees actually travel quite well and are respected throughout the United States,” boasts a confident 1L. Others disagree. “ASU is well-known in Arizona but needs to gain more national prominence,” they say. “If you want to work anywhere out of Arizona, the degree doesn’t travel well.” Some of ASU’s facilities are “old and outdated.” Though the school has recently reno­vated their classrooms and taken down “the paneling from the 1970s,” the “well-equipped” law library is “pretty nice,” though. It’s relatively new and “state-of-the-art in its technology and environment.” In addition to four floors of study space, there’s an all-night study room that allows students to come as late or early as they please and stay as long as they want. “I have never had a problem finding a quiet place to study,” notes a 1L.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 204

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA; JD/MSW; JD/PhD Psychology; JD/PhD Justice & Social Inquiry; JD/MD with Mayo Clinic; Master of Legal Studies/Master of Accountancy; Master of Legal Studies/MBA; Master of Legal Studies/Master of Real Estate Development; Master of Legal Studies/Master of Taxation; Master of Legal Studies/Master of Science in Information Management; Master of Legal Studies/Master of Science in Management.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 145
Full-Time Faculty 55
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 82
Faculty Gender 66% Male
33% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 59% Male
41% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 73%
Multi-racial 3%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 3%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $26,267 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,366 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $38,633 $26,267

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $40,815 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,366 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $53,181 $40,815

Financial Aid

94% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$39,397 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'connor College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 161 - 165
LSAT Total 161 - 165

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'connor College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.3 - 3.82
Total 3.3 - 3.82

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Fees, Work Experience, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations

Optional: Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 82%
First Time Pass Rate 86%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 76%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 80
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 96%
Average Starting Salary $70,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 48 24%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 10 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 6 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 6 3%
Business Industry 36 18%
Government 22 11%
Public Interest 20 10%
Federal Clerkship 1 0%
State Clerkship 15 7%
Academia 15 7%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
UT 3%
CA 6%
AZ 76%
International 0%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Arizona State University Sandra Day O'connor College of Law include:

  • Joe Sims - Partner, Jones Day, Washington, D.C.
  • Ed Pastor - U.S. House of Representatives
  • Barry Silverman - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Rebecca Berch - Chief Justice, Arizona State Supreme Court
  • Dan Burk - Founding faculty member at Univ of California Irvine School of Law

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