Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

ASU Law is the #12 best public law school with five top-ranked specialty programs. In 1965, President G. Homer Durham hired Willard H. name and legacy.

Pedrick to become Arizona State University’s first law school dean and tasked him with the responsibility of building, literally from the ground up, its very first law school. Located on ASU’s Tempe campus, Armstrong Hall housed the law school until its move to the downtown Phoenix campus in 2016. Over 50 years ago, 83 students graduated with their Juris Doctor from the ASU College of Law. Today,

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03/19/2024

Day is this Thursday, March 21!

We invite you to make a contribution towards the future of legal education by donating to ASU Law. Your generous support, no matter how small, can help us continue to empower the next generation of legal professionals.

Stay tuned this Thursday to learn about the ASU Law funds that you can help make an impact on.

Professors, mentors, Cherokee Scholars gather at Harvard — Harvard Gazette 03/18/2024

Stacy Leeds, ASU Law dean and a former justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, recently participated as a mentor in the Cherokee Scholars symposium at Harvard University.

The three-day event held last month brought together emerging and established scholars for mentorship and collaboration with Harvard University Native American Program fellows.

Dean Leeds and other mentors engaged in a panel discussion with the fellows, sharing valuable advice to help guide and support the scholars in their academic pursuits.

Read more: https://ow.ly/r8KT50QTUMx

Professors, mentors, Cherokee Scholars gather at Harvard — Harvard Gazette Colloquium unites Indigenous academics to deepen each other’s work.

03/18/2024

You're invited to attend our JD info session tomorrow. Join us to learn about our personalized and hands-on approach to education, as well as the resources, career services and student life opportunities available to our students.

Don't miss the chance to connect with our admissions representatives.

Register now: https://ow.ly/Fgcz50QM3qk.

03/15/2024

Join us for an upcoming workshop organized by the Action Nexus of Arizona State University (ASU) at ASU Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law on Thursday, March 21.

This workshop will explore ways to expand the impact of partnerships to address homelessness, particularly those in collaboration with ASU students and faculty.

ASU Law will present its work on cognitive impairment in the elderly unsheltered population, the Academy for Justice's round table discussions about decriminalizing homelessness, and the Arizona Law Center's legal services within the law school.

Don't miss this chance to be part of a community dedicated to making a positive impact on homelessness.

Register now: https://ow.ly/POMr50QTVIE

03/15/2024

Apply today: The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is excited to host the first-ever student-led Model Constitutional Convention this May 23-26.

We're inviting 100 law students and undergraduate students from all backgrounds to propose, debate and discuss amendments to the U.S. Constitution in a simulated three-day exercise.

Applicants who apply by today will be notified of their acceptance status by April 1.

Learn more and apply: https://ow.ly/CCkp50QSHq6

03/15/2024

Celebrate Day with us on Thursday, March 21!

Join on this special day of giving to make a difference in the lives of ASU Law students. Your donation can help provide the support and resources that students need to excel in their studies and achieve their goals.

Is it discrimination or representation? Canceled Scottsdale play leaves many in debate 03/14/2024

A local artistic director faces accusations of discrimination when casting an all-Latino cast for the production of "Roosters," which has since been canceled. Many question if it was a matter of discrimination or representation.

While casting authentically is not unusual or illegal, ASU Law Professor Michael Selmi, specializing in employment law and civil rights, says it's a gray area.

KJZZ Phoenix has the story:

Is it discrimination or representation? Canceled Scottsdale play leaves many in debate The play "Roosters" at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre was supposed to open this month. Instead, it was controversially canceled and the stage sat empty. When a white actress is accidently cast to play a Mexican-American girl, is recasting the role considered discrimination?

Photos from Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's post 03/14/2024

ASU Law hosted its annual Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture on Dispute Resolution this week, which brought together leading practitioners and scholars to explore issues in dispute resolution.

This year's Meyerson Lecturer was Professor Sheila Heen, deputy director of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Professor Heen discussed the importance of difficult conversations and how they shape the nature and health of human relationships.

We were honored to have Professor Heen as our distinguished speaker at this year's lecture series.

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03/13/2024

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) at ASU Law hosted a luncheon today, where leaders of the Arizona Equal Justice Alliance (AEJA) were invited as guest speakers.

Distinguished guests included the Honorable Carol Berry, judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court (ret.), the Honorable Roxanne Song Ong, chief presiding judge for the Phoenix Municipal Court (ret.), and attorney Elena Nethers, former director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the State Bar of Arizona.

During the event, students had the opportunity to learn about AEJA's mission of promoting a fair, impartial legal system for all Arizonans and working to eliminate any barriers to equal justice and access to justice.

Students also learned about resources they can access, volunteer opportunities and mentorship programs available within the community.

ASU Law students build equity with professional clothing donation closet 03/13/2024

A new student-led initiative is helping ASU Law students look their best for free.

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Donation Closet, which opened its doors last month, provides students with free business attire for interviews and internships.

Co-founders and second-year law students Kiara Sims and Alyannah Buhman said they saw an opportunity to help their peers who may face barriers to accessing professional attire by collecting donations from faculty, staff, and the local community.

Both students say the closet speaks to the collaborative and supportive environment at ASU Law, which encourages students to work together to build a better community.

Read on:

ASU Law students build equity with professional clothing donation closet One conversation can spark a big idea. That was the case for second-year law students Alyannah Buhman and Kiara Sims when they were working pro...

Photos from Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's post 03/12/2024

Last week, a group of students enrolled in the Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU's spring break course traveled to the Winnebago reservation in Nebraska.

The course, titled "Contemporary Issues in Tribal Economic Development," aimed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the obstacles related to tribal economic development created by Federal Indian Law.

During the course, students explored potential legal, political and economic solutions for developing economic activities, and learned how other tribes have successfully overcome legal impediments and created thriving businesses.

03/12/2024

Calling aspiring lawyers and leaders!

Don't miss our virtual information session on Tuesday, March 19. Our admissions representatives will provide an in-depth overview of ASU Law's JD program and share how it can help you achieve your career goals.

Register here: https://ow.ly/Fgcz50QM3qk

03/11/2024

You're invited to 's 2024 Judy Stinson Lecture on Thursday, March 21.

This annual lecture honors Judy Stinson, who retired from Arizona State University State University in 2020 after 27 years of leadership in legal writing. This year's distinguished Stinson Lecturer is Professor Robert Anderson of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law College of Law at the University of Denver.

Join this month to hear from Professor Anderson as he presents his paper "Reclaiming the Singular They in Legal Writing," which was recently published in Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD.

This will be a virtual live-streamed presentation. Register: https://ow.ly/WL3I50QKQZN

03/08/2024

One week left to apply: The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is excited to host the first-ever student-led Model Constitutional Convention this May 23-26.

We're inviting 100 law students and undergraduate students from all backgrounds to propose, debate and discuss amendments to the U.S. Constitution in a simulated three-day exercise.

Applicants who apply by March 15 will be notified of their acceptance status by April 1.

Learn more and apply: https://ow.ly/Hhvl50QNWSm

preLaw magazine Spring 2024 03/07/2024

was noted throughout the spring issue of The National Jurist PreLaw Magazine, from information on our USDA fellowship to defining the role of in law schools.

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preLaw magazine Spring 2024

ASU Law launches leadership academy to ready next generation of leaders | ASU News 03/07/2024

Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law wants to inspire and prepare the next generation of leaders at the intersection of law and public policy. Its newly launched D.C. Leadership Academy is designed to do just that.

The eight-week program brings together undergraduate, graduate, and law students worldwide to equip them with professional skills usually never taught in the classroom.

"Participating in the D.C. Leadership Academy will put students a step ahead in the workplace after graduation and will allow them to spend the summer working and connecting with leaders in Washington, D.C.," said Andrea Cayley, executive director of ASU Law's Washington, D.C., programs.

ASU News shares more about this first-of-its-kind program:

ASU Law launches leadership academy to ready next generation of leaders | ASU News The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is launching a new initiative designed to equip students worldwide with the practical skills and immersive experiences necessary to thrive in their professional journeys.

ASU Law Career Services: Helping shape your legal career 03/06/2024

The ASU Law Career Services team is dedicated to helping students pursue their passions.

Students are provided with career development guidance and ongoing support as alumni, equipping them for successful entry into the workforce.

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ASU Law Career Services: Helping shape your legal career ASU Law's Career Services provides law students with a personally tailored experience, giving them the flexibility to maximize their education and career opp...

03/06/2024

Join us in congratulating ASU Law JD student Brooke Norton, who's participating in Snell & Wilmer's Diversity Legal Writing Internship Program this semester.

Currently a 2L, Norton says the hands-on experience and mentorship the program has provided have helped her develop and strengthen her legal writing skills.

"Having the opportunity to take what I have learned in class into the office has been so fulfilling," she said.

Photos from Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's post 03/05/2024

Today, we are hosting the 12th Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery, Law and Technology Conference at ASU Law. We are honored to have distinguished jurists, attorneys and technologists in attendance.

The event began with insightful opening remarks by renowned litigator, educator and eDiscovery expert Michael Arkfeld.

Following that, the conference featured a keynote speech from Attorney General Kris Mayes, which focused on the intersection of law and technology.

Throughout the two-day event, attendees will learn how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the legal profession, the downsides to this transformative technology, the evolving landscape of privacy laws in the age of eDiscovery and more.

03/05/2024

Take your professional skills to the next level with ASU Law's D.C. Leadership Academy!

Applications are open for the eight-week program that will inspire and prepare the next generation of leaders at the intersection of law and public policy in Washington, D.C.

Applications for ASU Law students are due April 1. Applications for anyone external to ASU Law, including undergraduates, recent undergraduates, and master's students, are due by May 1.

Take advantage of this impactful opportunity. Learn more and apply: https://ow.ly/RNU950QK5lK

03/04/2024

Save the date: ASU Law Alumni Weekend is taking place April 12-13! 📅

Join us to reconnect and establish new ties with fellow alumni. All degrees, all years welcome.

We're kicking off this all-alumni celebration at ASU Law's Downtown Phoenix location on Friday, April 12, and hosting a family open house in Tempe on Saturday, April 13.

Register: https://ow.ly/W75o50QIRNJ

03/04/2024

Your friends at ASU Law wish you a safe and happy spring break. ☀️

Classes will resume Monday, March 11.

Creating Constitutional Community: ASU Law to Host the First Student-Led Model US Constitutional Convention 03/01/2024

We have entered the 237th year of the United States Constitution, which continues its legacy as the oldest written constitution in the world. It has only been amended once in the past 30 years. Interestingly, it was an undergraduate student who led the ratification of the 27th Amendment.

Many suggest that the Constitution requires updating to reflect the needs of a new generation of Americans. To explore potential solutions, the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is hosting the first-ever student-led Model Constitutional Convention this May.

Professor Stefanie Lindquist, the executive director of the Center for Constitutional Design at ASU Law, shares more about the upcoming event in an article on The National Jurist:

Creating Constitutional Community: ASU Law to Host the First Student-Led Model US Constitutional Convention The United States Constitution was signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. We have entered the 237th year of our national Constitution, which cont...

03/01/2024

Engage with leading jurists, attorneys and technologists at the upcoming 12th Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery, Law and Technology Conference.

Join us on March 5-6 to explore the latest cutting-edge issues in eDiscovery, information governance, privacy, security, and new forms of electronically-stored information.

This event is perfect for both newcomers and professionals who want to network and gain valuable knowledge in the field of eDiscovery.

Today is the last chance to register: https://ow.ly/x8Ff50QHbWC

03/01/2024

March is , a time to recognize and celebrate the vital role women play in American history.

On this first day of , we commemorate the late Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a visionary woman who broke down barriers for women in law and shaped our nation's legal history.

We proudly recognize her enduring contributions to our society, celebrating her impact not just today, but every day.

02/29/2024

ASU Law's McCarthy Institute welcomed patent experts Damon Ashcraft of Snell & Wilmer, ASU Law alum Elizabeth Baxter (JD, 2022) of Perkins Coie LLP, ASU Law alum Matthew Lutz (JD, 2023) of Perkins Coie LLP, and ASU Law alum Alicia Curti (JD, 2023) of LKGLOBAL for its IP lunch series event.

Speakers shared insights on their current roles, career opportunities in patent law, technical skills patent attorneys should learn and what students can do in law school to prepare for a future in patent law.

02/29/2024

Calling prospective law students in Southern California 📢

Ready to learn about what it’s like to be a JD student at ? Join us tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT at our ASU in California location to hear from our admissions representatives as they discuss the unique opportunities ASU Law's renowned JD Program offers.

Prospective law students can register here: https://ow.ly/QNbJ50QIYnT

02/28/2024

ASU Law's Criminal Law Association welcomed four guests today to discuss unique opportunities for students in law school and beyond.

Students heard from Ret. Judge Meg Mahoney of the Maricopa Superior Court, Krista Wood of the Arizona Attorney General's Office, Joey Hamby of DM Cantor, and attorney Kush Govani as they discussed how they entered the field of criminal law and the types of cases they deal with.

02/28/2024

We were pleased to welcome ASU Law alum (JD, 2001) and Arizona Supreme Court Justice William Montgomery for a lunch and learn event yesterday at ASU Law.

Justice Montgomery spoke to students about the significance of informed citizens and civic engagement. He also shared his professional background and offered tips on how to land externship and clerkship opportunities.

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The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is one of the country’s preeminent law schools. ASU Law is a leading provider of comprehensive and personalized legal education. The law school ranks in the top 20 for placing students in real lawyer jobs. ASU Law's new state-of-the-art home in downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Center for Law and Society, is steps away from the legal, political, and economic heart of Arizona, in the nation’s sixth-largest city.

ASU Law was founded in 1966 and renamed the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2006. ASU Law boasts an Indian Legal Program that is arguably the best in the nation; houses the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, the oldest, largest, and by far the most comprehensive law and science center in the country; and the Center for Law and Global Affairs.

Beyond the traditional JD, ASU Law offers several concurrent degrees, including a JD/MBA with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. A Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program gives non-lawyers an opportunity to develop needed legal skills to help them advance in their professional careers. ASU Law's latest MLS program is a Master in Sports Law & Business, the only such program in the nation. For more information, visit law.asu.edu

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