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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Reputation opens more doors to prospective employers (ASU Law is ranked No. 7 best public law school nationally and No. 24 overall by U.S. News & World Report; ASU is ranked No. 1 for innovation).
  • Personalized, comprehensive approach to legal education leads to more relevant and meaningful opportunities for each student
  • (For instance, ASU Law guarantees an externship in an area of each student’s interest).
  • Value = freedom to explore opportunities without being shackled by debt (ASU Law is ranked in the top 25 nationally for employment).
  • Location – nestled in downtown Phoenix, students are part of a dynamic, engaged legal, political, business community.
  • Support – tight-knit law school within a connected, resourced, innovative university.
  • While we list the most popular areas of focus on our website, we offer over 250 unique courses that can be customized to fit your interests.
  • We also have over 245 externship placement options and can guarantee an externship in an area that matches your interest. ASU is flexible and nimble enough to quickly create a course (if 10 students are committed to it).
  • Standing externships or clinical opportunities with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and AZ State Supreme Court.
  • Students also each graduate with an average of 250 hours of practical skills training.
  • More than 300 days of sunshine each year!
  • Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the U.S. by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • World-class restaurants, public amenities, cultural experiences, professional sports.
  • The Phoenix metropolitan area is home to four major professional sports clubs - the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), the Arizona Coyotes (NHL), the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), and the Phoenix Suns (NBA), as well as the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Rising FC, and ISM Raceway.
  • The Valley plays host to PGA events, MLB spring training and fall leagues, college football bowl games, NASCAR and IndyCar races, and is in regular rotation for sport's biggest mega events, the Final Four, College Football Playoff Championship, and the Super Bowl.
  • Grandy Canyon- One of the world's seven natural wonders.
  • California and Mexico are only a few hours away
  • No. 7 (public), No. 24 (overall), No. 5 (West), No. 1 (AZ) – U.S. News & World Report.
  • No. 23 in the world ahead of Boston University, USC, Vanderbilt, Cornell – Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • No. 24 for employment for five years in a row – ABA.
  • One of only 13 schools to have 5 specialty programs ranked in the top 27.
  • ASU is No. 1 for innovation (Six years in a row) - U.S News & World Report
  • One of the highest job placements in the country (89% got real lawyer jobs).
  • Three cities in the top 15 (Scottsdale #2, Chandler #10, Tempe #14) for "Best cities to find a job" in 2019 according to a recent report from WalletHub
  • Range of jobs with law firms, businesses, government, public interest, clerkships.
  • Alumni in every part of the country – we’d be happy to put you in touch.
  • Over half of our students are from out of state. Many choose to stay in Phoenix after graduation, but we have endless examples of those who got jobs out of state upon graduation. Some examples:
  • Thomas Kim ‘18, Davis Wright Tremaine, Portland, OR
  • Steven Garman ’17, U.S. Air Force JAG, Washington, D.C.
  • Peter Balzarini ’17, Davis Law Group, P.S., Seattle, WA
  • Our career services department is focused on providing career advice, coaching, employment creation, externship opportunities, and secure networking opportunities for students.
  • The department includes 8 people including a dedicated recruiter/headhunter.
  • Dean is known to hand deliver resumes to prospective employers all over the country.
  • Networking events year-long such as:
  • Federal and State Judicial Receptions
  • Maricopa County Judicial Reception
  • Annual Speed Networking Event
  • Meet the Employer
  • Weekly Career Treks (Small group of students visits and employer for a presentation and lunch)
  • Inspire Employer Reception
  • Students are strongly encouraged to focus on laying the foundation for their legal education as a 1L and refrain from working.
  • First year students full-time are banned from working 1st semester unless they get a waiver.
  • First year full-time students are restricted to working a max of 15 hours/week 2nd semester.
  • Second & third year full-time students are restricted to a max of 20 hours/week each semester.
  • Students may work as much as they’d like during summers and breaks.
  • 200+ opportunities through externships for credit during the summer between first and second year.
  • Unpaid externships with judges, government agencies, cities, non-profit organizations, policy centers.
  • Some limited paid externships with for-profits.
  • Third year Residency Externship Program – paid and practice area specific externship during the fall and spring semesters of the third year.
  • Paid summer positions:
  • First year students interested in paid summer positions at law firms and corporations can participate in ASU Law's "On Campus Interview"; program in the spring and refer to job postings throughout the year
  • Many students pursue paid opportunities in the form of formal clerkships at large firms or informal positions during their 2nd summer
  • Study abroad (Florence) and exchange programs (Buenos Aires, Milan, BC)
  • Endless volunteer opportunities (e.g. Arizona Legal Center)
  • One of the most affordable among all ABA accredited law schools.
  • Millions of dollars in scholarships each year thanks to generous donors.
  • Encourage thrifty budgeting
  • Check out our cost of attending law school calculator https://law.asu.edu/calculator
  • We can't predict the future, but ASU Law tuition has remained steady with very minor increases for both in-state and OOS students.
  • Our in-state tuition is $10,000 less and OOS $5,000 less per year than the average tuition of the top 10 public law schools in the West.
  • ASU has given away millions in student scholarships to the generosity of our donors.
  • Ecouraging students to practice thrifty budgeting to reduce burden upon graduation.
  • 100% of JDs receive a scholarship in their first year.
  • In the past three years, no student has lost a recruiting scholarship in his/her second or third year of study as a result of academic probation.
  • In order to maintain any scholarships awarded, students must be in good academic standing and enrolled full-time at ASU Law.
  • All the time. Students have a chance to meet alums (e.g. Krysten Synema, Rebecca White Berch, Ann Timmer, John Lopez IV, Ruth McGregor, Diane Humetewa).
  • A host of law school events – alumni reception, mixers, community forums, legal education.
  • Discounted tuition if you want to pursue an LLM or MLS.
  • Lifetime professional career and employment support from our career services dept.
  • The important question is what do you want to do?
  • We have been investing in new programs and faculty when others weren’t (e.g. International Rule of Law and Security / Ambassador Clint Williamson, The Allan "Bud" Selig Master of Sports Law and Business / MLB Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig).
  • Over $60M in past six years thanks to a generous donor community.
  • New building in Downtown Phoenix, steps away from the legal, political, and economic heart of Arizona.
  • Exciting programs and faculty as mentioned above, and more recently Entrepreneurship Law and Strategy as well as Corporate and Health Care Compliance.
  • Partnerships/grants (e.g. State Department, USAID) to give students even more opportunities to gain valuable, practical experience.
  • ASU Law Group, Arizona Legal Center, Pipeline Programs, McCain Institute are just a few examples.