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ASU Law seeks to enroll a dynamic group of individuals who will provide an engaging learning environment. The admissions committee makes decisions after considering all the information provided by the applicant. Among the factors influencing the admission decision are LSAT performance, undergraduate grade point average, quality and grading patterns of undergraduate institutions, previous graduate education, demonstrated commitment to public service, work and leadership experience, extracurricular or community activities, history of overcoming economic or other disadvantages, uniqueness of experience and background, maturity, ability to communicate, foreign language proficiency, honors and awards, service in the armed forces, and publications.
The committee does not conduct interviews and relies solely upon the information applicants choose to share in their application. ASU Law is committed to a more sustainable and resilient future and requires applicants to apply electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website at LSAC.org.
The fall 2020 JD application is now available through LSAC. Applications received after the March 1, 2020, priority deadline will be accepted but considered late. Electronic applications are accepted until August 1, 2020.
Completed applications must be electronically submitted to ASU Law through LSAC and include the following:
Application fee: This year’s application fee ($65) is waived for all applicants.
Personal statement: The personal statement should give the committee a better picture of who you are beyond your academic achievements and resume. It should be compelling, show off your writing skills, and include some discussion of why you want to go to law school. It is also an opportunity to highlight specific reasons for your interest in ASU Law. Your personal statement should be no more than two double-spaced, typed pages and in a font size no smaller than 11 point.
Resume: Your resume should include details about your educational background, work history, military service, leadership roles, honor societies, scholarships, extracurricular activities, public/community service, honors and awards, publications, foreign language proficiencies, and any other significant achievements and involvements. As to work history, include a complete and chronological list of positions (including organization name, dates of employment, and hours worked). Your resume should be no more than two typed pages and in a font size no smaller than 11 point.
Character and fitness statement: If you answer "yes" to any of the questions in the Character and Fitness section, you must include a separate statement providing a complete description of your actions and full details of the charges and sanctions against you. For example, to be complete, the statement must include a description of all charges or adjudications, including the level of degree and whether it is a felony or misdemeanor. You also must include the date(s) of the matter(s), the status or final disposition of the charge(s), (with the type of plea, such as, not guilty, no contest, Alford, or guilty) including your current status with the disciplinary or criminal authorities (for example, the status of your probation or parole), and the name and address of the authority in possession of those records. You must also include any charges that have been expunged, sealed, or set aside, even if told you do not need to by a judge or attorney. If you participated in a deferment program in order to expunge a criminal activity, you will also need to include that information. Additionally, you must provide your personal account of the events that led to the charges or discipline.
Binding admission contract: In order to be considered for any of our binding admission programs, you must sign and submit the binding admission contract provided as part of the application.
Letters of Recommendation: ASU Law accepts up to two letters of recommendation. The recommender should submit the letter directly to LSAC. Please note that since letters of recommendation are optional, the Admissions Office will not wait for letters to complete your file for review.
Diversity statement: Applicants have the opportunity to explain how they would bring a diverse perspective to ASU Law. Your statement should be no more than one double-spaced, typed page and in a font size no smaller than 11 point.
Optional Addenda: An applicant has the option to submit optional addenda to explain undergraduate performance, standardized test performance, and any other information you would like to provide the admissions committee. Addenda should be no more than one double-spaced, typed page and in a font size no smaller than 11 point.
ASU Law offers binding and non-binding admission programs. Our binding admission programs are designed for applicants who are certain they want to attend ASU Law. When completing the application the applicant must choose from one of the following programs for consideration.
The O’Connor Honors Program is designed to recruit and reward academically exceptional students who are civic-minded, have demonstrated leadership potential, and who have researched their law school options and are certain they want to attend the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. The O’Connor Honors Program is a binding program tailored for applicants with high academic credentials — applicants must have an LSAT score of at least 165 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.81 as calculated by LSAC.
Admitted applicants will be designated “O’Connor Fellows” and will enjoy the following benefits:
In the spirit of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and to continue her legacy, O’Connor Fellows are expected to give back to the community by providing 40 hours of pro bono work each year addressing important social, economic, and political problems, or advancing civil discussion and civic action.
The O’Connor Merit Scholars Program is a binding commitment program designed for those applicants who are certain they want to attend ASU Law.
The Indian Law Leadership Program is designed to recruit and reward exceptional students who have demonstrated leadership potential and ties within Indian Country, and who have researched their law school options and are certain they want to attend the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. The Indian Law Leadership Program is a binding program tailored for applicants with experience in Indian Country, ties to a tribal community, and an interest in pursuing a job in Indian law in the future. The purpose of the Indian Law Leadership Program is to legally train and educate those who have already demonstrated a commitment toward Indian Country and will continue to give back in the future; therefore, there are no minimum LSAT and GPA requirements to apply to this program. Applicants are required to submit a statement (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced and font size no smaller than 11 point) discussing any leadership experience in and ties to Indian Country and future goals (please note, this is in addition to your required personal statement).
Admitted applicants will be designated “Indian Law Leadership Fellows” and will enjoy the following benefits:
The admissions committee reads files in the order they are completed and it is in your best interest to apply early in the cycle well in advance of the March 1, 2020, priority deadline. Admission and scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis, therefore, for best consideration, applicants should make every effort to apply when the ASU Law application is available beginning August 15, 2019. Applications received after the March 1, 2020, priority deadline will be accepted but considered late.
The ASU Achievement Program allows applicants who meet certain criteria to apply to the JD program without taking the LSAT. In general, the applicant must have earned or will earn a bachelor's degree from ASU within a particular time frame or be applying as a joint degree candidate. If you are interested in applying to the ASU Achievement Program, please contact our office prior to applying or registering with LSAC.
In order to be eligible for this program, the applicant must satisfy all requirements listed below:
Any Achievement applicants with a valid LSAT score on file with the LSAC or who register for the LSAT will have their application and/or offer of admission withdrawn. *Any joint degree applicant admitted to the JD program (under (b) above) who does not also earn admission to the other graduate program for joint enrollment will have their admission to ASU Law rescinded.