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Building the Next Generation of Leaders

Launching in fall 2021, the Advance Scholars Program will produce the next generation of legal leaders. In furtherance of ASU’s Charter, the Advance Scholars Program seeks to foster an inclusive community in the College of Law, particularly for first-generation students, students of color, and students who have overcome adversity. This year-long program hopes to bring together a cohort of students with diverse backgrounds who can offer different perspectives—racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity.

Admitted students selected for the program will participate in a three-day, pre-orientation workshop focused on law school success strategies, networking and leadership skills. The workshop also will provide Advance Scholars early opportunities to interact with ASU Law faculty and staff, current students, ASU Law alumni and members of the Arizona legal community, all of whom will work with the scholars to grow as lawyers and future leaders. The program continues throughout the students’ first year of law school, offering events and programming open only to the Advance Scholars cohort. In their second or third year of law school, the Advance Scholars will be offered a trip to ASU’s Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. campus.

Each Advance Scholar will also be paired with an attorney and a 2L/3L student mentor. This network from within the law school community and beyond it are firmly committed to helping our students realize their professional goals.

The program provides participants with the following:

  • Attorney mentor
  • 2L or 3L student mentor
  • Travel reimbursement and meals provided during the pre-orientation workshop
  • Book scholarship for first-year courses
  • Regular events that provide leadership skills training and additional networking opportunities
  • An immersive experience at either ASU’s Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. campus after the first year of law school

To be considered for the Advance Scholars Program, an applicant must have applied and been admitted to the JD program at ASU Law. Admitted JD students interested in the program should refer to their admission materials to apply or apply through the link below. An essay of no more than 500 words that addresses both of the following questions is required:

  1. How will your life experiences help ASU Law build an inclusive cohort for the Advance Scholars Program, or how have you overcome adversity to get where you are today?
  2. How will the Advance Scholars Program help you realize your career goals?


The week before 1L Orientation, which is immediately before law school classes begin for the fall semester.

The three-day workshop is designed to be a “jump start” into law school. Topics will include how to read legal opinions, interpret statutes, brief cases, and think critically about the law. Students will also have an opportunity to meet additional ASU Law faculty members and upper-level students, as well as network with ASU Law alumni and members of the Phoenix legal community.

Yes, selection for and participation in the Advance Scholars Program may be listed as an honor on your resume.

Yes, the program is limited to 1L students starting the JD program.

No, the program is limited to JD students.

Each event will cover a different topic designed to cover a range of leadership and professional development skills. Some will be taught by ASU Law faculty or lawyers and judges from the community. Topics may include ethics and character, emotional intelligence, cross-cultural communication skills, implicit bias, negotiation skills, imposter syndrome and growth mindset, and relationship building.


Everyone entering the Beus Center for Law and Society Building is required to wear a face covering and all guests need to have an appointment.