ASU named a top 25 law school by US News

March 16, 2016

For the first time in its history, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is among the top 25 law schools in the nation. According to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of graduate schools, ASU Law is No. 25, up one spot from last year.

For the seventh consecutive year, ASU Law is the No. 1 law school in Arizona. ASU Law also ranks No. 8 among all U.S. public law schools, and is the No. 3 public law school in the West. Download Full Image

ASU Law also had a strong presence in U.S. News & World Report’s specialty rankings, with four programs in the top 25: Legal Writing at No. 7, Dispute Resolution at No. 11, Health Law at No. 19, and making its specialty rankings debut, Environmental Law at No. 23.

“This significant achievement is a reflection of our students’ success, thanks in large part to the support of our community,” said ASU Law Dean Douglas J. Sylvester. “Because of the generosity of our donors, ASU Law has been able to increase its number of scholarships and develop innovative programs — while keeping tuition low. In turn, we are able to attract the best and brightest students, provide them with incredible opportunities during law school, and help them secure meaningful legal jobs.”

Student opportunities will be enhanced this fall with ASU Law’s move to the new Arizona Center for Law and Society in metropolitan Phoenix — the legal, political and economic heart of Arizona.

Since launching its “Building the Future” campaign three years ago, ASU Law has raised $47 million, with the vast majority of those funds going toward more than 60 scholarships, and development of new programs including the Rule of Law & Governance Program, the Sports Law & Business Program, and the Program on Law & Sustainability. ASU Law offers 250 unique courses and provides more than 300 externships — at least one for every eligible enrolled student — in the Phoenix metro area, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. ASU Law students further receive hands-on practical training in many areas such as patent practice, health-care entrepreneurship, innovation advancement, and Indian law.

ASU Law focuses on quality outcomes for students, and in turn, the community. ASU Law ranks No. 11 in the nation for placing graduates in substantive legal jobs. Within 10 months of graduation, 87 percent of the 2014 class found employment in long-term, full-time positions where bar passage is required or a juris doctor (JD) is preferred, according to statistics gathered by the American Bar Association. ASU Law is also No. 1 in Arizona with a student bar passage rate of 89.1 percent.

ASU Law was founded in 1967 and was renamed in 2006 after Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. ASU is the only law school in the nation to be named after a woman.

“For a law school that has been operating for fewer than 50 years to be so highly ranked is truly amazing,” said Sylvester. “It is a testament to the quality of our students, devotion of our alumni, and deep community support.” 

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


ASU Goldwater Conference to bring renowned scholars for national politics discussion

March 16, 2016

As the 2016 presidential election approaches in November, more than three dozen academic scholars in political science will gather to examine the data behind political campaigns, voter turnout and voting trends.

The two-day Goldwater Conference, “Campaigns, Elections and Representation,” will take place on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus Friday and Saturday, April 1-2. Demo version of lever style voting machine on display at the National Museum of American History Download Full Image

Noted political scientist and professor Morris P. Fiorina, the Goldwater Chair and Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, will kick off the conference with opening remarks on American politics and the study of representation and elections.

Fiorina’s recent research examines elections and public opinion with a focus on the quality of representation. He has published numerous articles and written or edited multiple books on national politics, including “Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America,” “Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics” and, most recently, “Can We Talk: The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics.”

“Professor Fiorina’s work has spanned over 40 years and has focused on many of the most crucial topics in American politics such as what drives voters to the polls, how voters make decisions, how representatives vote in Congress and the role of political parties in the American political system,” said Patrick Kenney, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Fiorina has been elected to several prestigious academic societies, including the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His scholarship is required reading for all graduate students and will complement the content discussed during the ASU Goldwater Conference, Kenney said.  

Conference presenters will cover the electoral landscape, the underrepresentation of women, the impacts on primary electorates, the aggregate effects of large-scale campaigns and other related topics of interest.

Featured presenters include Lynn Vavreck, Chris Tausanovitch and Kathleen Bawn from the University of California, Los Angeles; John Sides from George Washington University; Sarah Fulton from Texas A&M University at College Station; Chris Warshaw from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ryan Enos from Harvard; and Anthony Fowler from the University of Chicago.

John. H. Aldrich, the Pfizer-Pratt University Professor of political science at Duke University, will offer closing remarks. 

“We’re proud to serve as an incubator for the cultivation of new knowledge and advancements in the field of American politics,” said Kenney. “This conference is a collection of young and established scholars who are employing interesting theories and state-of-the-art empirical methodologies to locate solutions to a number of puzzles about citizens’ beliefs and behaviors during campaigns and elections.”

Amanda Stoneman

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