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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Led by Dean Doug Sylvester, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is ranked No. 24 by the U.S. News & World Report best law school rankings, the highest placement in the school’s history. And for the first time, ASU Law is ranked in every category of the specialty rankings, with five programs in the top 25: Legal Writing (No. 7), Dispute Resolution (No. 10), Environmental Law (No. 20), Health Care Law (No. 22) and International Law (No. 25).

For the seventh consecutive year, ASU Law received the highest overall bar passage rate in Arizona for the calendar year. Among first-time test takers in 2019, ASU Law posted a passage rate of 86.69%, which was well above the national average of 79.64%. The gap was even greater between ASU Law and the Arizona statewide average of 74%.

 “We are committed to getting results for our students, giving them a challenging legal education that prepares them to pass the bar exam and embark on meaningful careers,” said ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester, who took over in 2012, when the school was ranked 40th. “Additionally, our renowned faculty provide the highest quality of instruction to ensure that our students graduate with the knowledge and experience needed to succeed as they pursue a career in law.”

For the past several years, the incoming classes have set school records for median LSAT scores and GPAs. The class that entered in 2019 continued that tradition, with a median LSAT of 164 and a GPA of 3.81.

“As ASU Law has raised its profile, we have attracted some of the most talented students from throughout the country and internationally,” said ASU Law’s Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Andrew Jaynes, noting increased competition from the larger applicant pool, and a 2019 acceptance rate of 29%. 

The ASU law school also ranks No. 24 in the nation for employment and job placement and has consistently placed in the top 25 for the past six years. Located in the No. 2 Best Law School Building in the country, as ranked by the National Jurist, the GOLD LEED certified state-of-the-art building in downtown Phoenix, is steps away from the legal, political, and economic heart of Arizona. For more information, visit

Strengths: Legal Writing, Dispute Resolution, International law, Health law, Intellectual property, Environmental law

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75th Percentile1663.95
25th Percentile1563.36
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Tuition Part-time
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Median grant$13834
Percent receiving grants85.00%
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Post-grad employment 90.20%
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Bar Passage74.33%
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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy
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