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°27′12″N 112°04′19″W / 33.453299°N 112.0719049°W / 33.453299; -112.0719049Coordinates: 33°27′12″N 112°04′19″W / 33.453299°N 112.0719049°W / 33.453299; -112.0719049
Enrollment 623[1]
Faculty 128[1]
USNWR ranking 25[1]
Bar pass rate 76.8%[2]
Website www.law.asu.edu

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 Beus 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 started 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 school 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 8th highest public law school, and the highest ranked law school in Arizona.[1]

History[edit]

In 2012, the school announced plans that it will relocate to Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus.[3] The Beus Center for Law and Society opened in 2016.[4] The new law building cost $129 million, paid for with construction bonds, private donations and the city of Phoenix, which is providing land and $12 million. The building is named for Phoenix attorney Leo Beus, who donated $10 million to the law school in 2014.[5]

Apart from the law school, the Beus Center for Law and Society also houses: the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, The McCain Institute for International Leadership,[6] the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute,[7] Arizona Voice for Crime Victims,[8] the Arizona Justice Project,[9] and the ASU Alumni Law Group.[10]

Employment[edit]

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.[11] 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.[12] Additionally, ASU has an underemployment score of 12.7% on lawschooltransparency.com, and 8.8% of graduates are employed in school-funded positions.[13]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates [14]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
  
68.6%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
26.0%
Employed - Professional Position
  
1.0%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
1.5%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
1.0%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
0.5%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
0.5%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
0%
Employment Status Unknown
  
1.0%
Total of 204 Graduates

Costs[edit]

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the tuition for residents was $27,074, and the tuition for nonresidents was $42,794.[1] In 2016, the school has the highest bar passage rate in Arizona with 76.8% of first time test takers passing compared to 74% for University of Arizona, and 24.6% for Arizona Summit Law School. The state's total passage rate was 64.3% for first time test takers and 52.9% overall.[2]

Campus[edit]

In 2012, the school announced plans that it will relocate to Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus, which it completed in 2016.[15]

Apart from the law school, the Beus Center for Law and Society also houses: the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, The McCain Institute for International Leadership,[16] the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute,[17] Arizona Voice for Crime Victims,[18] the Arizona Justice Project,[19] and the ASU Alumni Law Group.

The new law building cost $129 million, paid for with construction bonds, private donations and the city of Phoenix, which is providing land and $12 million. The building is named for Phoenix attorney Leo Beus, who donated $10 million to the law school in 2014.[20]

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 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.
  • The Pro Bono Program.

Notable lecturers and professors[edit]

Law journals[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Arizona State University (O'Connor) | Best Law School | US News". Grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  2. ^ a b "JULY 2016 EXAMINATION RESULTS" (PDF). AZ Supreme Court. 
  3. ^ Scott, Eugene (2012-11-08). "ASU eyes 2016 Phoenix move for law school". Azcentral.com. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  4. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-education/2016/08/10/first-look-new-asu-law-school-building-downtown-phoenix/88541162/
  5. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/09/24/asu-law-school-donation-largest-history/16160743/
  6. ^ https://www.mccaininstitute.org
  7. ^ http://oconnorinstitute.org
  8. ^ http://www.voiceforvictims.org
  9. ^ https://www.azjusticeproject.org
  10. ^ http://sonorannews.com/new/2016/08/18/asus-new-beus-center-law-society-downtown-phoenix-officially-opened/
  11. ^ "EEmployment Summery 2013" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ABA-Required Disclosures" (PDF). 
  13. ^ "LST Report". Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates" (PDF). 
  15. ^ Scott, Eugene (2012-11-08). "ASU eyes 2016 Phoenix move for law school". Azcentral.com. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  16. ^ https://www.mccaininstitute.org
  17. ^ http://oconnorinstitute.org
  18. ^ http://www.voiceforvictims.org
  19. ^ https://www.azjusticeproject.org
  20. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2014/09/24/asu-law-school-donation-largest-history/16160743/
  21. ^ https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/413584
  22. ^ https://apps.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=125886
  23. ^ https://apps.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?individual_id=45

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