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ASU Law seeks to enroll a dynamic group of individuals that 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 the applicant chooses to share in their application to make an informed decision. ASU Law is committed to a more sustainable and resilient future and requires applicants to apply electronically through the Law School Admissions 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.

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Application Components

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.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement

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.

Your Resume

Your Resume

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

Character and fitness statement

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

Binding admission contract

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.

LSAC CAS report

LSAC CAS report

LSAC CAS Report: LSAT score(s): An LSAT score is valid for 5 years. Your LSAT score is considered valid if earned on or after June 1, 2014.

Official transcripts

Official transcripts

Official Transcripts: You must have a separate transcript from each undergraduate, and graduate institution you attended sent to LSAC.

Foreign educated applicants

Foreign educated applicants

Foreign Educated Applicants please refer to special instructions here.

Your application may also include:

Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation

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

Diversity statement

Diversity statement: An applicant 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, type page and in a font size no smaller than 11 point.

Arizona residency form

Arizona residency form

Arizona Residency Form: If you claim to be a resident of Arizona you must submit the residency form.

Optional addenda

Optional addenda

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, type page and in a font size no smaller than 11 point.

Admissions Programs

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.

JD Admissions Admtted Students Program

Binding Admission - O'Connor Honors Program

Binding Admission - O'Connor Honors Program

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 a 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:

  • Full-tuition and fees scholarship for all three years (including increases)
  • Invitations to special events

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.

Binding Admission - O'Connor Merit Scholars Program

Binding Admission - O'Connor Merit Scholars Program

The O’Connor Merit Scholars Program is a binding commitment program designed for those applicants who are certain they want to attend ASU Law.

Binding Admission - Indian Law Leadership Program

Binding Admission - Indian Law Leadership Program

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 towards 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:

  • A scholarship for all three years
  • Invitations to special events
  • The opportunity to shadow high-profile leaders in the Indian Law field

Regular Admission Program

Regular Admission Program

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.

ASU Achievement Program

ASU Achievement Program

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:

  1. Bachelor's degree from ASU must be awarded after August 15, 2019, but before August 15, 2020; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.81 or above through six semesters of academic work; and scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT if you are applying as an ASU undergraduate student,
  2. or
  3. (b) Must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution and be applying as a joint degree candidate to the JD program in combination with another graduate degree at ASU*; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.81 or above through six semesters of academic work; and scored at or above the 85th percentile on the GRE or GMAT if you are applying as a joint degree candidate.

Any Achievement applicant with a valid LSAT score on file with the LSAC or who registers 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. If you are interested in applying to the ASU Achievement Program please contact our office prior to applying or registering with LSAC.

Review Process

Review of applications for admission and scholarship are done on a rolling basis, therefore applicants are encouraged to apply as early in the admissions cycle as possible. The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications as they are marked complete. The admissions committee aims to return decisions within 15 business days from the date the application is marked complete. However, the admissions decision timeframe may increase as we approach the priority application deadline of March 1st.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are received by our office. Applicants will typically receive a confirmation email and instructions on accessing the application status checker within 3 business days of submitting the electronic application.

Be aware that during the application review process the admissions committee may request additional information to be provided. Please check your email regularly and ensure that your voicemail box is set up and can receive messages should the Admissions Office need to contact you to request information.

August 15, 2020 – fall 2020 application available
March 1, 2020 – fall 2020 application deadline

Decision Reconsideration

Admission decisions are considered final. An applicant who wishes to have their decision reconsidered must submit a formal request in writing to the Admissions Office explaining the reasons for their request. Requests for reconsideration are granted only in rare and exceptional circumstances, such as when the applicant is able to provide significant, new information that was not available at the time of our decision.

International Applicants

The application process for international students is the same as for domestic students, with the exception of LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service Authentication Evaluation (CAS A&E) and submitting proof of English proficiency.

LSAC's TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 8395. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your JD CAS law school report.

Questions can be directed to LSAC at 215-968-1001, or LSACINFO@LSAC.org

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Applicant Responsibility

ASU Law reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if 1) the applicant fails to meet a seat deposit deadline, 2) the applicant reserves a seat in our entering class and submits a seat deposit or commits to enroll at another law school, 3) the applicant fails to maintain satisfactory academic performance for work in progress, 4) final transcripts fail to show the completion of courses and/or degrees required for admission, 5) the admissions decision was based on false, misleading, or incomplete information submitted by the applicant. ASU Law also reserves the right to require the applicant to submit additional information for any relevant matter.

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