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JD, Juris Doctor

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

November 15, 2018 for Early Admission (non-binding) Program

March 1, 2019 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

Please note that if you apply to any of the programs listed above after March 1st your application will be considered for late admission.

Electronic applications are accepted until August 10, 2019 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, 2019 deadline.

A completed application for any of the programs must include:

  • this year's JD application fee is waived;
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages, double-spaced and font size no smaller than 11 point);
  • Resume (no more than two pages and font size no smaller than 11 point);
  • Statements, if applicable, explaining affirmative answers to Questions 1-9 in the Character & Fitness section;
  • Binding Admission Contract, if applicable;
  • Electronic certification on the completed application.

Please note: Your 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:

  • Letters of Recommendation: You may submit no more than two letters, and they should be submitted through LSAC. Please note that since they are not required, the Admissions Office will not wait for letters to complete your file for review.
  • Optional Addenda as described under the Attachments tab of this application.

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.

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 wait list) within 21 business days of application completion. Applicants for non-binding early admission who are put on the "wait list" 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 November 2018;
  • 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, 2018; and
  • Early Admission applicants must have all required materials completed and on file with ASU Law by December 15, 2018.

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 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 164 and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.80 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
  • Invitations to special events
  • The 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 wait list) within ten (10) business days of application completion. If a binding applicant is put on the "wait list", the applicant will be considered under the Regular Admission Program. If later admitted through the Regular Admission Program, the applicant is not bound to attend the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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

  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT);
  • Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) (including applicants presenting foreign credentials);
  • Submit Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application by March 1, 2019; and
  • Honors applicants must have all required materials completed and on file with ASU Law by April 30, 2019, including the Binding Contract.

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

  • Accept the offer of admission;
  • 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); and
  • 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 wait list) within fourteen (14) business days of application completion. If a binding applicant is put on the "wait list", the applicant will be considered under the Regular Admission Program. If later admitted through the Regular Admission Program, the applicant is not bound to attend the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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

  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT);
  • 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, 2019; and
  • Merit applicants must have all required materials completed and on file with ASU Law by April 30, 2019.

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

  • Accept the offer of admission;
  • 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); and
  • 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 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.

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

Applicants admitted to the Indian Law Leadership Program will receive a decision (admit, deny, or wait list) within twenty-one (21) business days of application completion. If a binding applicant is put on the "wait list", the applicant will be considered under the Regular Admission Program. If later admitted through the Regular Admission Program, the applicant is not bound to attend the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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 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);
  • Submit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application by March 1, 2019; and
  • Indian Law Leadership applicants must have all required materials completed and on file with ASU Law by April 30, 2019.

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

  • Accept the offer of admission;
  • 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); and
  • Submit a signed Letter of Intent.

Regular Admission Program

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

  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than March 2019;
  • 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, 2019; and
  • Regular Admission applicants must have all required materials completed and on file with ASU Law by April 30, 2019.

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:

  • (a) Bachelor's degree from ASU must be awarded after August 15, 2018, but before August 15, 2019, or
    (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 GPA of 3.75 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 (under (a) above), or have scored at or above the 85th percentile on the GRE or GMAT if you are applying as a joint degree candidate (under (b) above).
  • Have not taken and do not plan to take the LSAT.**

*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.

**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.

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

Late Admission

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, 2019 deadline. However, applications will still be accepted after the March 1, 2019 deadline. To be considered for the Late Admission Program, you must:

  • Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than July 2019;
  • Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) (including applicants presenting foreign credentials);
  • Submit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Electronic Application; and
  • Late Admission applicants must have all required materials completed and on file with ASU Law by August 9, 2019.

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 mid August and the Admissions Committee aims to complete the majority of decisions by the end of May.

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 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 folder. The application status checker will also reflect when a decision has been made, but may not reflect what decision has been reached.

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

*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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