March 14, 2017
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University ranked No. 25 among all law schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of graduate schools. The 25th spot was shared with two other schools last year. ASU Law alone claims No. 25 this year.
ASU Law is the No. 1 law school in Arizona for the eighth consecutive year. ASU Law also ranks No. 8 among all U.S. public law schools, No. 3 among public law schools in the West, and displayed solid performance in U.S. News & World Report’s specialty rankings. The following ASU Law programs made the top 25: Legal Writing at No. 6, Dispute Resolution at No. 10, Health Law at No. 16, and Environmental Law at No. 23.
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“We remain relentlessly focused on student success and quality programs. We are the only top 50 law school that held its entering student credentials at the median and 25th percentiles when comparing credentials at the height of the Great Recession and now,” said Douglas J. Sylvester, dean of ASU Law. “During a time of global crisis, we invested in new programs like sports law and business, rule of law and governance, and sustainability law, thanks to the generosity of our donors and commitment from law school faculty and staff.”
ASU Law is a leading provider of comprehensive and personalized legal education. The law school ranks top 20 in the nation for job placement and No. 1 in Arizona on all levels including bar passage and employment. Located in the new Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix, ASU Law acts as a “living law laboratory” where students are involved in activities that engage the public about laws that affect our everyday lives. ASU Law offers students unparalleled opportunities in Arizona and all around the country.
“I chose ASU Law because it is the most reputable law school in the region,” said Cara Dames, 2018 JD candidate. “I was also impressed with the clinics and externships that are available to ASU Law students and the fact that Arizona law firms seek out ASU Law students for summer associate positions.”
“Phoenix is the perfect city for me. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the country with abundant opportunities,” said Snehashish Sadhu, 2018 JD candidate. “Yet it retains a cozy environment. Moreover, ASU Law is the premier institution which provides great access to the legal community.”
ASU Law celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It welcomed its first class 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 was the first in the nation to name a law school after a woman.
“I am proud that this college bears my name. It is dedicated to providing students with opportunities and experiences that advance our shared commitment to justice and the rule of law,” said O’Connor. “I went to law school because it seemed to me that lawyers knew how to make things happen, they knew how things worked, and they could make things happen in their own lifetime.”