The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

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Arizona State University's Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has risen quickly in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings, placing No. 31 in the latest version.


“No law school has risen farther or faster than ASU, which happens due to increasing credentials of our incoming classes,” Dean Douglas Sylvester said.


The school surpasses in-state rival University of Arizona when it comes to median LSAT, at 162, and it is close with GPA at 3.54.


“I think we are the most student-centered law school in the country in that we have more career services faculty than probably any other law school in the country,” Sylvester said.


That has helped the school excel in job placement. It reported the highest employment percentage in the Southwest region.


The law school offers post-graduate and alumni services that are focused on job placement and helping increase the success of its graduates. It is the only law school of its kind to be associated with a local law firm that teaches students in a hospital intern style, Sylvester said.


“You interview, and if you’re hired you spend two years essentially doing rounds,” Sylvester said. “These are real cases [where students are] representing real middle-income clients in civil litigation, criminal defense, veterans affairs, family law and general litigation. These are paying clients. Students learn under the tutelage of a real lawyer, and they can be fired just like a hospital intern.”


Arizona State is well staffed with a student-faculty ratio of 9.7-to-1. Additionally, its bar pass rate is 85.8 percent, significantly higher than the state average of 75.6 percent. The school will move from Tempe to downtown Phoenix in 2016, into a new state-of-the-art building. 



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75th Percentile1633.8
25th Percentile1583.34
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Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$20000
Percent receiving grants60.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 92.40%
NJ Employment86.09
Bar Passage75.40%
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