The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is one of the country's preeminent law schools. Ranked No. 25 nationally by U.S. News & World Report; ASU Law provides comprehensive and personalized legal education through graduate programs with a wide range of courses, popular focus areas, and unique experiences. ASU Law’s world-class faculty and administrators provide students with unparalleled opportunities to gain insights and practical skills needed to address legal challenges locally, nationally, and globally. More than 90 percent of ASU Law students participate in public service through externships, clinics, and pro bono activities and donate more than 100,000 hours annually.
ASU Law prides itself on its network of engaged alumni and its relationship to the broader legal community, which has fully embraced the law school and is dedicated to the success of its graduates. The move to the Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix in fall 2016 greatly enhanced ASU Law’s ability to connect with the legal community. Students are now steps away from the courts, government offices, and businesses in the heart of Phoenix, the nation's sixth largest city.
In 2006, the law school was renamed to honor Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice O'Connor (ret.) is a frequent visitor to ASU Law where she lends her knowledge and expertise to the next generation of lawyers and others interested in the legal profession. To learn more, visit law.asu.edu.
|Director of admissions||Chitra Damania|
|Application deadline||March 1|
|Approximate number of applications||1860|
|Tuition and fees Full-time:||$27,226 per year (in-state)
$43,896 per year (out-of-state)
|Room and board||$12,688|
A student will be ranked at the end of each semester if the student’s grades are in the top one-third of the class and the student has completed all the required first semester coursework (after 1 semester), all the required first and second semester coursework (after 2 semesters), 42 credits (after 3 semesters), 54 credits (after 4 semesters), 66 credits (after 5 semesters), or 87 credits (after 6 semesters). Class rank information shall be released only upon authorization of the student concerned.
Effective for classes entering in Fall 2009 and after:
Grade Normalization for J.D. Students
|Grade||Subgroup % Distribution||Group % Distribution|
|A+(*)||0 – 4%||Combined A’s must constitute 25% of the grades awarded (plus or minus 2%)|
|A||10 – 15%|
|A-||10 – 15%|
|B+||25 – 35%||Combined B’s must constitute 60% of the grades awarded (plus or minus 2%)|
|B||20 – 30%|
|B-||5 – 15%|
|C+ and Below||15% (plus or minus 4%)|
|D and E(**)||0 – 4%|
At or after graduation, students may be awarded the designations cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude by the faculty. A student graduating among the top 5 students in the graduating class graduates summa cum laude. The remainder of the top 10% of the student body graduates magna cum laude. The next 15% of the class graduates cum laude. The cumulative grade point average for these designations is based on only ASU resident course work. In addition, Order of the Coif (a national honor society) is awarded to those students who rank in the upper 10% after six semesters of course work with a minimum of 66 graded credit hours.
|Order of the Coif||Order of the Coif (a national honor society) is awarded to those students who rank in the upper 10% after six semesters of course work with a minimum of 66 graded credit hours.|
|Summa cum laude||A student graduating among the top 5 students in the graduating class graduates summa cum laude.|
|Magna cum laude||The remainder of the top 10% of the student body graduates magna cum laude.|
|Cum laude||The next 15% of the class graduates cum laude.|
|Pedrick Scholar Honors||A JD student who, in any single semester in which he or she has taken at least 10 graded credits, achieves a GPA of 3.5 or higher shall be deemed a Pedrick Scholar for that semester.|
|Name of Award||Awarded for/to|
|Hon. William Canby Jr. Scholarship||3rd year student with demonstrated interest in Indian law.|
|John S. Armstrong Award||Graduating student based on academic performance.|
|Mary Schroeder Prize Endowment||Graduating student committed to practice in public interest.|
|Daniel Strouse Prize||Graduating student associated with ASU's CLSI.|
|W. P. Carey/Armstrong Prize for Achievement in Public Service||Graduating student dedicated to public service.|
|Dan Strouse Scholars||Awarded to students associated with ASU's CLSI.|
|William H. Pedrick||Completion of 10 graded hours with 88 minimum.|
You can be part of the team that produces, edits, and publishes high-quality works of legal scholarship in one of our four law journals.
Arizona State Law Journal Established in 1969 and originally published under the title Law and the Social Order, the Arizona State Law Journal is a nationally recognized legal periodical that serves as the primary scholarly publication of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The Journal is routinely cited in major textbooks, treatises, and opinions at all levels of the state and federal judiciary, including the United States Supreme Court.
Jurimetrics—The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology is the journal of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law and the Center for Law, Science & Innovation. Jurimetrics is a forum for the publication and exchange of ideas and information about the relationships between law, science, and technology. Jurimetrics was first published in 1959. The current name was adopted in 1966. Jurimetrics is the oldest journal of law and science in the United States.
Law Journal for Social Justice Created in 2009, the Law Journal for Social Justice (LJSJ) is the first student-run and student-created online journal at ASU Law. Through its online website, LJSJ edits, publishes, and produces notable works from legal scholars, practitioners, and law students. LJSJ also publishes twice a year, featuring articles that focus on important, novel, and controversial areas of law. LJSJ provides a fresh perspective and proposes solutions to cornerstone issues.
Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Established in 2010, the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal (SELJ) serves as the premier legal periodical for which scholars from the sports and entertainment industries can foster academic analysis and debate, such that industry professionals, the news media, and the general public can discuss current issues as they specifically relate to sports and entertainment law. SELJ publishes biannually in the spring and fall in both digital and print. Authored by professors, practitioners, and students, each issue contains essays and articles, as well as notes or comments on the latest topics in sports and entertainment Law.
Moot Court is an opportunity for law students to develop the oral and written advocacy skills learned in the classroom and put them in action towards a "simulated" trial or advocacy environment. Judges and jurors for the competitions are often practitioners and sitting judges. Many times, law students work with junior high and high school students in their mock trial/moot court activities.
Depending on their extracurricular commitments, most students find time for at least one Moot Court competition per semester. Law students in their third year can apply to be in the Order of Barristers, a national advocacy honor society.
Moot Court opportunities and benefits include:
ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students can participate in an array of closely supervised clinical experiences, representing entrepreneurs and small business startups seeking economic viability, families seeking assistance in obtaining immigration services, Native American legal issues, juveniles in need of advocates, and inmates with compelling claims of innocence, as well as the public by working in prosecutors’ and public defenders' offices. Many ASU Law students complete two clinics.
Starting Salaries (2015 Graduates Employed Full-Time)
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$70,000 - $115,000|
|Median in the private sector||$87,000|
|Median in public service||$55,000|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||66.8%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||85.2%|
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||20.4%|
|Public Interest Organizations||1.4%|
ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students can pursue externships in Arizona and across the nation, including popular destinations such as Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Externships are typically with judicial, government, and nonprofit organizations, and are done under the supervision of a U.S. attorney.
Designed for second- and third-year law students, the externship program enhances your educational experience through advanced legal work typically not available in the regular curriculum. In addition, you will have the opportunity to network with prominent judges, lawyers, lawmakers, and community leaders in over 100 placement options available.
Students may engage in substantial legal work with Judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of Arizona, U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Arizona, Arizona Court of Appeals, and Maricopa County Superior Court; agencies such as the Office of the Attorney General, Maricopa County Attorney's Office; Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender; Cities, including Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and Peoria; or work side-by-side with lawyers in non-profit settings, such as Community Legal Services, The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Children's Project, and Phoenix Children's Hospital. Simultaneously, the work students perform provides greatly needed legal assistance to non-profit and governmental agencies and their clients.
You can get one (1) credit for every 55 hours of legal work completed through an externship, up to a total of nine (9) credits in a single externship (a total of 12 credits of externship work while in law school). Students undertaking externships in DC or LA can also take courses from ASU Law professors and earn up to six (6) additional credits. You must have a minimum of 28 credits in order to participate in any externship. All externships earn pass/fail credits (a total of 16 pass/fail credits may be applied towards graduation).
ASU students may receive credit for a law-related internship secured individually through LIA 484. All students are graded on a pass/fail basis and receive three hours of LIA 484 internship credit. Although legal internships are not required for law school, these internships can help students gain insight into the field of law. Law-related internships can also help students develop a strong personal statement as part of the law school application process.