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

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Shelli Soto
Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

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

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 28.4% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.62
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 162

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 28.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 160-165
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.43-3.77
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.62
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 162

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.D. (Mayo Clinic)
J.D./Ph.D. Psychology
J.D./Ph.D. Justice and Social Inquiry
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Centers – Law, Science & Innovation, Law and Global Affairs, Diane Halle Center for Family Justice. Indian Legal Program. Clinics – Civil Justice,Criminal Practice,Public Defender,Lodestar Mediation,Indian Legal,Immigration Law & Policy,Innovation Advancement,Post-Conviction,Lisa Foundation Patent Law,Healthcare Entrepreneurship and Ruth V. McGregor Family Protection.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 139
Seminars 66
Positions available in seminars 900
Positions available in simulation courses 258
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 176
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Journals – Arizona State Law Journal, Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology, Law Journal for Social Justice, and Sports and Entertainment Law. Students direct the Moot Court program. The Pro Bono Program is collaborative among faculty, administrators and students. The Student Bar Association and nearly 30 other student organizations sponsor student activities.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 60
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 33
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 846
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 235
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 171
Full-time students involved in field placements 282
Full-time students involved in law journals 86
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 251
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 75

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 9.9:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 117
Full-time minority faculty 16.3%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 130
Total faculty (men) 68.5%
Total faculty (women) 31.5%
Total faculty (minorities) 6.2%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#26 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#18 in Dispute Resolution
#43 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#8 in Legal Writing

Law Ranking Scores

Score 67
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.1
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.5
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.43-3.77
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.62
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 160-165
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 162
Acceptance rate 28.4% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 9.9:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 87.4% – High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 98.2% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 85.9% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar AZ
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 80.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 602

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 602

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 3.7%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 3.9%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.5%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 3.2%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.9%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Joseph Lindsay
Financial aid phone (480) 965-1474
Financial aid application deadline March 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $24,471 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $38,595 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $12,124
Books $1,850
Miscellaneous expenses $6,932
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 32.2%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 16.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 3.2%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.8%
Median grant amount $10,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $1,150–$15,500
Full-time students receiving grants 53.5%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $103,436
Proportion who borrowed 87.0%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 80,109
Microform titles 37,857
Electronic titles 2,351
Other non-book titles 5,509
Total titles 126,028
Volumes (excluding microforms) 291,925
Volume equivalent microforms 146,471
Total volumes and volume equivalents 438,396
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 111
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 65
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 39
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 7
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 58
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 21
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 70
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 53
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 76
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 7
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 46
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 6
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 170
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 11
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 3
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 3
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 64,029
Total seats available for library users 584
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The College is comprised of Armstrong Hall and the architecturally stunning Ross-Blakley Law Library on the University’s beautiful 700-acre campus. The Great Hall seats 400. The Ryan C. Harris Courtroom is a state-of-the-art facility designed for trial advocacy classes. Armstrong Hall houses the Cohen Student Center and the Sidebar Cafe. The Library has a computer lab and student study rooms.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar AZ
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 85.9% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 80.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 167
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 87.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 98.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.4%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.6%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 87.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 0.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 10.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.8%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 98.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 0.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.6%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $80,000
Median private sector starting salary $90,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $110,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 34%
Median public service starting salary $55,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 3.7%
Percent employed in business and industry 14.0%
Percent employed in government 12.8%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 7.3%
Percent employed in law firms 54.3%
Percent employed in public interest 7.9%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 77%
Graduates employed out-of-state 23.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 15
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 6.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 8.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 81.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Services Office provides individual assistance to students and alumni seeking employment. The office conducts an extensive program of on-campus interviews during the fall and spring semesters with law firms and governmental agencies. Services include a computerized job line, alumni bulletin, a resource library and workshops on resume writing, interviewing and job-search techniques.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 91.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 88.7%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 5.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 2.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 2.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 33.3%

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