Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


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.

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Parent schoolArizona State University
School typePublic
DeanZachary Kramer and Adam Chodorow, Co-interim Deans
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 ranking30th (2023)[1]
Bar pass rate90.1%[2]

ASU Law is ranked 30th overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the 12th-highest public law school, and the higher-ranked law school of the two 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]

Best Choice Schools ranked the Beus Center the 6th most impressive law school building in the world.[11]


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.[12] 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.[13] Additionally, ASU has an underemployment score of 12.7% on, and 8.8% of graduates are employed in school-funded positions.[14]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates [15]
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.[16]

According to ASU's official 2020 ABA-required disclosures, 87.4% of the Class of 2020 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required or JD-advantage employment nine months after graduation.[17]

The class of 2020 had 175 students obtain jobs in Arizona within nine months of graduation. The remaining 22% of the class who obtained jobs within nine months of graduation did so outside of Arizona, including 16 jobs in California, 6 in Washington D.C., and 5 jobs in foreign countries.[17]


For the 2020–21 academic year, the yearly tuition for residents is $28,058, and the tuition for non-residents is $47,302.[1] In 2016, the school had the highest bar passage rate in Arizona, with 77% of first-time test takers passing, compared with 74% for University of Arizona, and 25% for Arizona Summit Law School. The state's total passage rate was 64% for first-time test takers and 53% overall.[2]

Clinical programsEdit

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
  • First Amendment Clinic
  • Immigration Law & Policy Clinic
  • Indian Legal Clinic
  • Lodestar Mediation Clinic
  • Lisa Foundation Patent Law Clinic
  • Post Conviction Clinic
  • Prosecution Clinic
  • Public Defender Clinic
  • Technology Ventures Services Group

Centers and other academic programsEdit

  • 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 Barrett and O'Connor Center opened in 2018 to solidify the University's contacts with the capital city. The center houses ASU's Washington, D.C.-based academic programs, including the Washington Bureau of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Rule of Law and Governance program, the Capital Scholars program, and the McCain Institute's Next Generation Leaders program, among many others. In addition to hosting classes and internships on-site, special lectures and seminars taught from the Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center are connected to classrooms in Arizona through video-conferencing technology.[18] The Barrett and O'Connor center is located at 1800 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006, very close to the White House.
  • The ASU California Center is located in Santa Monica, California, and serves as a gateway to the Los Angeles market for ASU graduate students. The Center offers classes for the College of Law, among other graduate programs at ASU.[19]

Notable lecturers and professorsEdit

Law journalsEdit

Notable alumniEdit


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  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.
  9. ^ "AZ Justice Project – AZ Justice Project â€" Helping Inmates with Wrongful Convictions". April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  10. ^ News, Sonoran (August 18, 2016). "ASU's new Beus Center for Law and Society in Downtown Phoenix". Retrieved January 16, 2018. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  11. ^ "The 50 Most Impressive Law School Buildings in the World".
  12. ^ "Employment Summary 2013" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  13. ^ "Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ABA-Required Disclosures" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 16, 2014.
  14. ^ "LST Report". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  15. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates" (PDF).
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  18. ^ "ASU in Washington D.C." Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "ASU California Center".
  20. ^ University, Arizona State (September 3, 2020). "Arizona State University Announces New Initiative to Address Inequality". Retrieved December 20, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  22. ^ "Faculty Directory – Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  23. ^ "W. Scott Bales – iSearch". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  24. ^ "Bud Selig to teach at Arizona State's College of Law". Associated Press. February 9, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2016.

External linksEdit

  • Official website