Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Parent schoolArizona State University
School typePublic
DeanDouglas Sylvester
LocationPhoenix, 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
USNWR ranking25[1]
Bar pass rate76.8%[2]

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (ASU 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 ASU's downtown Phoenix campus. 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 is a member of the Order of the Coif. 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 Law 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 of the three in Arizona.[1]


The school was previously located in Armstrong Hall, adjacent to the Ross-Blakley Law Library on ASU's Tempe campus. In 2012, the school announced plans to relocate to Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus.[3] The first classes held in the new building, the Beus Center for Law and Society, were in the fall semester of 2016.[4] The new law building cost $129 million, paid for with construction bonds, private donations and the city of Phoenix, which provided 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 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]


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 five in California and four in Texas.[12] Additionally, ASU has an underemployment score of 12.7% on, 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
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

According to ASU's official 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 88.8% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required or JD-advantage employment nine months after graduation.[15]


For the 2016-2017 academic year, the tuition for residents was $27,074, and the tuition for non-residents was $42,794.[1] In 2016, the school had the highest bar passage rate in Arizona, with 76.8% of first-time test takers passing, compared with 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]

Clinical programs[edit]

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law has 13 clinics, which offer 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.

Notable lecturers and professors[edit]

Law journals[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Arizona State University (O'Connor) | Best Law School | US News". Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "JULY 2016 EXAMINATION RESULTS" (PDF). AZ Supreme Court.
  3. ^ Scott, Eugene (November 8, 2012). "ASU eyes 2016 Phoenix move for law school". Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "First look at new ASU law school building in downtown Phoenix". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "ASU law school gets $10M donation, largest in its history". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "McCain Institute - The McCain Institute for International Leadership". McCain Institute. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Sandra Day O'Connor Institute". Sandra Day O'Connor Institute. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Arizona Voice for Crime Victims". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
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  10. ^ News, Sonoran (August 18, 2016). "ASU's new Beus Center for Law and Society in Downtown Phoenix". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Employment Summary 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). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 16, 2014.
  13. ^ "LST Report". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  14. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates" (PDF).
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  16. ^ "Andrew Hurwitz - iSearch". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "Faculty Directory - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  18. ^ "W. Scott Bales - iSearch". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  19. ^ "Bud Selig to teach at Arizona State's College of Law". Associated Press. February 9, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2016.

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