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JD, Juris Doctor

Fall 2018 Application is OPEN

Completed applications must be electronically submitted to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University by:

November 15, 2017 for Early Admission (non-binding) Program

March 1, 2018 for:

  • Binding Admission - O'Connor Honors Program (Full Tuition)
  • Binding Admission - O'Connor Merit Scholars Program
  • Binding Admission - Indian Law Leadership Program
  • Regular Admission Program
  • ASU Achievement Program

August 10, 2018 for Late Admission

Electronic applications are accepted until August 10, 2018 for the programs listed above. Admission and scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis, therefore for best consideration applicants should make every effort to apply by the March 1, 2018 deadline.

A completed application for any of the programs listed above must include:

  • Personal statement (no more than two pages, double-spaced)
  • Résumé (no more than three pages)
  • Statements, if applicable, explaining affirmative answers to questions 1-9 in the Character & Fitness section
  • Binding admission contract, if applicable
  • Signature or electronic certification on the completed application

*In honor of ASU Law’s 50th anniversary, we are waiving this year’s JD application fee.

Please note:
An applicant file will not be considered complete until we receive each of the items listed above, as well as your LSAC Credential Assembly Service report.

Your application may also include:

  • No more than two letters of recommendation submitted through the LSAC. Please note that since they are not required, the Admissions Office will not wait for letters to complete your file for review.

Sandra Day O’Connor College of 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.

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law also reserves the right to require the applicant to submit additional information for any relevant matter.

If you have any questions or your phone number, address, or email address changes at any time during the application cycle, please notify us by email (asulaw.admissions@asu.edu).

O'Connor Honors Program (Binding - Full Tuition)

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 ASU 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 164 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.80.

Admitted applicants will be designated O’Connor Fellows and will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Full-tuition and fees scholarship for all three years
  • Invitation to special events
  • Opportunity to shadow high-profile leaders in the legal community

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.

Applicants admitted to the O’Connor Honors Program will receive a decision (admit, deny, or hold) within ten (10) days of application completion. If a binding applicant is put on "hold," the applicant may choose to be considered under the O'Connor Merit Scholars Program or regular admissions. If admitted through regular admissions, the applicant is not bound to attend ASU Law.

To be considered for the O’Connor Honors Program, you must:

If you are accepted to the O’Connor Honors Program, you must:

  • Meet all commitment requirements with ASU
  • Immediately withdraw all other current or pending applications, and not start an application at any other law school(s)
  • Submit a signed letter of intent

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. Applicants admitted through this program will be awarded a merit scholarship.

All binding admission applicants will receive a decision (admit, deny, or hold) within fourteen (14) days of application completion. If a binding applicant is put on "hold," that applicant will be moved into the regular admissions process and is not bound to attend ASU Law if admitted.

To be considered for the O’Connor Merit Scholars Program, you must:

If you are accepted to the O’Connor Merit Scholars Program, you must:

  • Meet all commitment requirements with ASU
  • Immediately withdraw all other current or pending applications, and not start an application at any other law school(s)
  • Submit a signed letter of intent

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 ASU 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 post-graduation. 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.

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
  • Opportunity to shadow high-profile leaders in the Indian law field

Applicants admitted to the Indian Law Leadership Program will receive a decision (admit, deny, or hold) within twenty-one (21) days of application completion. Applications will be complete once all materials are received and residency status has been determined. If a binding applicant is put on "hold," that applicant will be moved into the regular admissions process and is not bound to attend ASU Law if admitted.

To be considered for the Indian Law Leadership Program, you must:

  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) (including applicants presenting foreign credentials)
  • Submit a 1-2 page double spaced statement discussing any leadership experience in and ties to Indian Country and future goals (please note, this is in addition to your required personal statement)
  • Submit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application by March 1, 2018
  • Have all required materials completed and on file with ASU Law by March 30, 2018

If you are accepted to the Indian Law Leadership Program, you must:

  • Meet all commitment requirements with ASU
  • Immediately withdraw all other current or pending applications, and not start an application at any other law school(s)
  • Submit a signed letter of intent

Early Admission (Non-Binding) Program

Applicants who want to start planning for their law school career early can apply for an early decision. All non-binding early admission applicants will receive a decision (admit, deny, or hold) within 21 days of application completion. Applicants who are put on "hold" will be moved into the regular admission pool and given a decision under that process.

To be considered a timely applicant for the Early Admission (non-binding) Program, you must:

  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than October 2017
  • Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) (including applicants presenting foreign credentials)
  • Submit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application by November 15, 2017
  • Have all required materials completed and on file with ASU Law by November 30, 2017

Regular Admission Program

To be considered for the Regular Admission Program, you must:

  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than February 2018
  • Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) (including applicants presenting foreign credentials)
  • Submit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application by March 1, 2018
  • Have all required materials completed and on file with ASU Law by March 30, 2018

ASU Achievement Program

The ASU Achievement Program allows applicants who meet certain criteria to apply to the JD program without taking the LSAT. 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. In order to be eligible for this program, the applicant must satisfy all requirements listed below:

  • Awarded a bachelor's degree from ASU after August 15, 2017 but before August 15, 2018, or earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution and be applying as a joint degree candidate to the JD program with another graduate degree at ASU.*
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above through six semesters of academic work.
  • Scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT if you are applying as an ASU undergraduate student or have scored at or above the 85th percentile on the GRE or GMAT if you are applying as a joint degree candidate.
  • Have not taken and do not plan to take the LSAT.**

*Any joint degree applicant admitted to the JD program who does not earn admission to the other graduate program for joint enrollment will have their admission to ASU Law rescinded.

**Any ASU Achievement Program 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.

To be considered for the ASU Achievement Program, you must:

Late Admission

Admission and scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis. For best consideration, applicants should apply by the March 1, 2018 deadline. Applications will be accepted until August 10, 2018. To be considered for the Late Admission Program, you must:

Application Process

Every completed application receives full review and consideration by the admissions committee prior to a decision. The admissions committee reviews the applicant’s personal statement, resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation (if included), and any other information included in the application. 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.

Review of applications for admission and scholarship are done on a rolling basis unless otherwise specified. Review typically begins in early fall and the Admissions Committee aims to complete the majority of decisions by end of April.

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

After all required application materials have been received the applicant's file will be marked as complete and sent to the Admissions Committee for review.

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

Applicants should pay close attention to page length and formatting requirements for application materials. Applicants are also encouraged to closely review the required transcript policy for the LSAC CAS report.

Decision Notification

The Admissions Office cannot guarantee when an applicant will receive a decision, unless the candidate is applying to a binding program. Decisions are typically communicated via email and you are encouraged to monitor your junk email folder.

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.

Contact Information

Arizona State University
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
111 E. Taylor St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
asulaw.admissions@asu.edu
P: 480-965-1474
F: 480-727-7930
law.asu.edu

*In order for an application to be considered complete, it must include:

Please refer to the special instructions for Foreign Educated Applicants.

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