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Arizona State University (Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law )

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU is one of the country's best values in legal education. With less debt, our graduating students find they have freedom and flexibility to choose jobs that suit them best.

A law school's foundation is its faculty, and the faculty at Arizona State is one of the most respected in the nation. Our faculty have argued more than eighty cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and written some of the leading casebooks used in law schools across the country. The faculty regularly publish scholarly books, and their articles appear frequently in leading journals and law reviews. Nearly a third of the faculty hold advanced graduate degrees, in addition to their law degree; nearly a quarter hold doctorate degrees.

The faculty's areas of expertise cover the entire spectrum of law. There are experts, for example, in criminal law and international law, the law of intellectual property and environmental law, family law and constitutional law. Among the faculty are several of the country's most distinguished scholars in law and science, federal Indian law, and legal philosophy. Many of the faculty pursue cutting-edge interdisciplinary work, drawing on genetics, philosophy, statistics, psychology, religious studies, economics, and cultural studies.

The courses offered in the College of Law reflect the extraordinary breadth of the faculty's areas of expertise. Our diverse faculty, as well as the large number of adjunct faculty from the Phoenix legal community, allows us to offer a range of courses typically found only in much larger schools.

Whereas many courses in larger schools are often oversubscribed and students are chosen by lottery, our courses are almost always available to students. Arizona State has one of best student-faculty ratios in the country, about 9 to 1. More than 60 percent of our classes are small, with an enrollment of fewer than twenty students. Students graduate having taken a mixture of traditional and innovative legal courses, providing a solid legal foundation while sparking new interests and creating new career possibilities.

The College's position as a small law school in a large Research I university provides wonderful educational opportunities. Law students may take courses in other disciplines to complement their legal education. We offer our students the opportunity to earn joint degrees, including a JD/MD, JD/MBA, JD/PhD in Psychology, and JD/PhD in Justice Studies. Students seeking an international experience may elect to study for one semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina in our exchange program with Universidad Torcuato Di Tella or in Victoria, British Columbia in our exchange program with the University of Victoria.

The students in The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law are a talented and energetic group of women and men. In an average entering class, students come from more than eighty-five different colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad. About 29 percent of the students are people of color. Our recent students range in age from 18 to 76. More Native American students attend ASU than attend any other major law school.

Many students come straight from college. Others bring years of work experience in professions as diverse as classical music and cardiology, law enforcement and professional soccer. Every conceivable undergraduate field of study is represented; there is no one "right" major. Our goal is to admit men and women whose backgrounds suggest that they will make the most of the abundant resources at ASU.

Our students' energy and diversity foster rich discussion in the classroom and beyond. The law school has a range of student groups, and each student will surely find some that meet his/her interests and needs. Active associations include, among others, the Chicano Law Students' Association, Gay and Lesbian Law Association, the Federalist Society, the Law and Science Students' Association, the Sports and Entertainment Law Students' Association, and the American Bar Association Student Division.

A legal education begins in the classroom, but does not end there. At ASU we believe that students should graduate from law school with the skills they need to meet the challenges of legal practice. To that end, the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law offers students the unique educational opportunities of an in-house clinic. With the guidance and supervision of experienced faculty, students learn to manage real cases, with real clients. Currently, the clinical opportunities include a civil practice clinic, a criminal practice clinic, a public defender clinic, and a mediation clinic (an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to teaching alternative dispute resolution).

In addition to clinical instruction, law students at ASU can learn on the job, in judicial chambers, legislative offices, and administrative agencies. We have an extensive externship program, which is made possible by the College's easy access to the Phoenix legal community. Placements range from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to the Arizona Legislature to the Center for Law in the Public Interest. Externships outside of Phoenix include WaterKeepers in San Francisco, a federal judicial externship in Chicago, and legislative externships in Washington, D.C.

Writing is an important part of any lawyer's life. At ASU, legal writing is taught by five full-time professors whose specialty is legal writing. Through frequent one-on-one meetings and abundant written feedback, first-year students develop the critical writing skills necessary for a successful legal career. Upper-division courses offer students further opportunities to hone their legal writing, as well as to develop specialized skills, such as contract drafting and appellate brief writing.

The Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology was the first interdisciplinary center for the study of law and science created in the country. It explores the interplay of cutting-edge legal and scientific issues. Faculty who teach in the Center have doctorates in fields ranging from mathematics and psychology to genetics and physics, offering students the opportunity to learn from lawyer-scientists. Working with a faculty editor, our students publish Jurimetrics, the American Bar Association's official journal of law and science.

Some law schools take a "sink or swim" approach to their students' success. At ASU, we are committed to the academic success and professional development of each student. From the time students enroll, until they have found the jobs that suit them best, The College of Law offers extensive resources to guide and assist their progress.

The College's commitment to nurturing its students is demonstrated first through its Office of Student Development. We believe we are the only law school in the country with a full-time professional whose job it is to work individually with each student throughout law school. The director meets early in the first semester with each student and continues with periodic meetings until graduation. The goal is to assist each student to form a personal plan for success.

The College demonstrates its commitment to students' professional placement through the Career Services Office. The Office's many contacts with diverse parts of the bar and bench throughout the country are a rich resource for students. We offer dozens of specialized workshops during the academic year, individual counseling of students, and extensive on-campus interviewing. Staff meet with students individually to identify their career goals and job-search strategies.

The College of Law fosters an environment in which students have easy access to their professors and are encouraged to engage in discourse with them outside of the classroom. Our professors are actively involved in campus life and develop strong relationships with their students, offering valuable mentoring opportunities.

An indication of the quality of an ASU education and of our students is the success of the College's graduates. Many graduates have gone on to become partners in large and small firms throughout the country. Our alumni are general counsel or CEOs in large corporations such as Nestle,, Lockheed Martin and U-Haul. ASU graduates have ascended to judicial positions on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the Arizona Court of Appeals. Others have gone on to hold high political offices, including U.S. Representative, Arizona Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, Maricopa County Attorney, and Mayor of Phoenix. Our alumni have made significant contributions in the public interest sector, including at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration, the American Indian College Fund, and the Legal Services Corporation.

Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, is the only major city in the country to have just one law school. The result is a uniquely rich relationship with the local bench and bar, offering our students unparalleled employment opportunities. Leaders of the practicing bar, and the judges of both state and federal courts, are frequent visitors and adjunct professors. Phoenix firms, government agencies, and courts show real commitment to the College, its faculty, and its students. The local network of ASU alumni and supporters within the Phoenix legal community affords our students opportunities not found at other law schools.

Law students do not learn in a vacuum. The setting of a law school and its relationship to surrounding communities have a profound effect on each student's law school experience.

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law comprises Armstrong Hall and the architecturally stunning Ross-Blakley Law Library, set on the eastern edge of a beautiful 700-acre walking campus. Our buildings border ASU's state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center and the Memorial Union, housing numerous eateries, shops, and services. The ASU community sponsors or produces myriad cultural, entertainment and athletic events throughout the year, including national theatrical productions at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium, PAC-10 sporting events, and the spectacle of the Fiesta Bowl.

The ASU campus is located in Tempe, a vibrant community that remains a college town in the heart of a major metropolitan area. Students can easily bike or walk to The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law from nearby housing. Adjacent to campus is downtown Tempe's main street, Mill Avenue, home to an eclectic collection of trendy restaurants, retailers, movie theaters, cafes, and bookshops.

The growing Phoenix metropolitan area, known as the Valley of the Sun, draws people from around the country because of its southwestern spirit, fabulous weather, and Sonoran desert beauty. Downtown Phoenix, just a 15-minute drive from The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, offers professional sports, a cultural community, nationally recognized museums, and live concert events. Students can experience the desert firsthand by hiking and mountain biking in one of the Valley's many desert mountain preserves. Phoenix is also the gateway to the grandeur of Northern Arizona, from the Grand Canyon to the red rocks of Sedona to skiing the White Mountains and San Francisco Peaks.

School name:Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Address:McAllister & Orange Streets Box 877906
Zip & city:AZ 85287-7906 Arizona

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