Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Parent school Arizona State University
Established 1965
School type Public
Dean Douglas Sylvester
Location Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
33°25′01″N 111°55′46″W / 33.41687°N 111.929341°W / 33.41687; -111.929341Coordinates: 33°25′01″N 111°55′46″W / 33.41687°N 111.929341°W / 33.41687; -111.929341
Enrollment 623[1]
Faculty 128[1]
USNWR ranking 25[1]
Bar pass rate 83.7%[2]

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is one of the professional graduate schools at Arizona State University, located in Phoenix, Arizona. The school is currently located in the Arizona Center for Law and Society on the downtown Phoenix campus. The school was previously located in Armstrong Hall, adjacent to the Ross-Blakley Law Library on the Tempe Campus. The first classes held in the new building will start in the Fall semester of 2016. The law school was created in 1965 as the Arizona State University College of Law upon recommendation of the Arizona Board of Regents, with the first classes held in the Fall of 1967. The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law has held American Bar Association accreditation since 1969 and the school is a member of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished mark awarded American law schools. The school is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2006, the law school was renamed in honor of retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

ASU is ranked 25th overall in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the highest ranked law school in Arizona.[1] The school's Indian Law program was founded by professor William Canby, Jr. who served as Director until his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Notable alumni of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law include Rebecca White Berch, chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, Ruth McGregor, former chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, and Diane Humetewa, the first female Native American to serve in the federal judiciary, appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

In 2012, the school announced plans that it will relocate to Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus in 2016.[3] The university plans to establish the Arizona Center for Law and Society in 2016.


According to ASU's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 84.3% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required or JD-advantage employment nine months after graduation.[4] ASU Law ranks No. 19 in the nation and No. 5 among public law schools for successful postgraduate job placement in great lawyer jobs. As a regional school, the vast majority of ASU graduates find employment in Arizona after graduation. Of the 204 graduates in 2013, 172 were employed in Arizona, with 5 in California and 4 in Texas.[5] Additionally, ASU has an underemployment score of 12.7% on, and 8.8% of graduates are employed in school-funded positions.[6]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates [7]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
Employed - J.D. Advantage
Employed - Professional Position
Employed - Non-Professional Position
Employed - Undeterminable
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
Unemployed - Not Seeking
Unemployed - Seeking
Employment Status Unknown
Total of 204 Graduates


For the 2016-2017 academic year, the tuition for residents was $27,074, and the tuition for nonresidents was $42,794.[1] In 2015, the school has the highest bar passage rate in Arizona with 83.7% of first time test takers passing compared to 83.6% for University of Arizona, and 30.6% for Arizona Summit Law School. The state's total passage write was 65.7%.[2]

Clinical programs[edit]

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law has 13 clinics which offers students opportunities to practice law in a variety of settings with people who have real legal problems. Under the supervision of faculty members who are experts in their subject matter, students manage real cases and represent clients in hearings and trials before courts and administrative agencies, assist in the commercialization and monetization of new technologies, and mediate cases pending in the judicial system.

  • Civil Justice Clinic
  • Criminal Practice Clinic
  • Immigration Law & Policy Clinic
  • Indian Legal Clinic
  • Lodestar Mediation Clinic
  • Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic
  • Post Conviction Clinic
  • Public Defender Clinic
  • Technology Ventures Services Group

Centers and other academic programs[edit]

  • The Center for Law, Science & Innovation is focused on the intersection of law with science and technology. Its 26 faculty fellows together with numerous associated faculty, students, and research fellows explore law and policy in a world of rapidly changing technologies, through scholarship, education, and policy dialogue.
  • The Center for Law & Global Affairs supports and inspires research, education and practice regarding emerging forms of transnational governance that extend beyond the traditional paradigms of international law. The Center supports research and scholarship, develops courses and experiential learning programs, designs and manages international projects and engages in outreach with academic, policy and community partners.
  • The Indian Legal Program was established in 1988 to provide legal education and generate scholarship in the area of Indian law and undertake public service to tribal governments.
  • The Pro Bono Program.

Law journals[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Arizona State University (O'Connor) | Best Law School | US News". Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  2. ^ a b "JULY 2015 EXAMINATION RESULTS" (PDF). AZ Supreme Court. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  3. ^ Scott, Eugene (2012-11-08). "ASU eyes 2016 Phoenix move for law school". Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  4. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ABA-Required Disclosures" (PDF). 
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  7. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates" (PDF). 

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