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Students who attend the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law enjoy a world-class education in a highly desirable location, unparalleled employment opportunities in Arizona and across the country, and a cost that is far below that of nearly every other top public law school. Our ability to keep costs low is due in large part to the incredible generosity of our donors. The combination of an active donor community, rich employment opportunities, and great value tuition allows us to attract students from all parts of the world. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, some who face social and economic challenges.
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"I initially decided to come to ASU Law because I envisioned myself going into a career in sports law. The law school's nationally renowned sports law program really caught my eye when applying to law schools and once I was invited to a special admissions presentation by Dean Sylvester in Tucson for University of Arizona students, I was hooked. Like many others who go into law school thinking they know what type of law they want to practice, this plan to pursue sports law quickly changed. I had always thought I would go into public interest and civil rights law after spending some time in the sports law field but I decided that I did not want to wait to pursue what I am passionate about. I am most interested in public interest law specifically dealing with imminent constitutional issues. While I'm not sure what my plans are after I graduate, I am glad that I'm pursuing this career path. Currently, I am an extern for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and this summer I will be at the Center for Popular Democracy in New York City working on a nationwide legal project that is trying to end the "School-To-Prison Pipeline" that affects so many disadvantaged youth in this country. This fall, I will be participating in ASU Law's DC Externship Program where I will be working full-time at the Advancement Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on racial justice issues.
A fun fact about me is that I have my scuba diving license and have swam with sharks on numerous occasions!"
Even before I considered law school, the reputation of ASU Law was well known. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I interned and then worked in Washington, D.C. During this time, I developed friendships with many ASU Law alumni. These individuals provided me the best mentorship and I knew that they were truthful when they wanted me to apply to ASU Law.
ASU Law was my number one choice because it is one of the few law programs with a full American Indian Law certificate. The reason I wanted to go to law school was to help tribal communities, so this certificate was important to me. The Indian Legal Program professors are renowned and I knew I would be studying under brilliant, forward-thinking minds. After visiting the new school, I was impressed at the amount of support ASU Law gives to the Indian Legal Program. I also witnessed the support tribes had for ASU Law. It is not often that the biggest focal point of the school is named after a tribal nation – and that meant a lot to me. In addition, ASU Law provided me the opportunity to intern/extern with the area tribal governments. This hands-on experience with tribal communities is invaluable and other law schools could not offer this type of experience.
Throughout my life, I always desired a career where I could be a change agent—uncovering solutions and serving the underprivileged. I was taught the Dakota value of wholeness, ocowasin. This principle demonstrates that all living beings and the environment are interrelated. We simply do not live without impacting the individuals and environment surrounding us on some level. This is what motivates me to continue on this path of working for tribal communities across Indian Country. In the Dakota language, we also have a phrase Mitakuye Oyasin, meaning we are all related. Our sense of community is innate, and we understand our actions and each person’s journey affects the community as a whole. My desire to graduate from law school is more than my own personal ambition, but it is the aspirations of my oyate, my people. The laws and policies that govern us do not always sufficiently address our needs as tribal people. I will succeed at law school so that I will be able to propose policies that break down the barriers for college students, implement laws regarding water access issues on tribal lands, and improve our educational systems to support our Native youth. Whether that is in the private or public sector, I will ensure that I keep my Dakota values.
A fun fact about myself is that I am a solo paragliding pilot! During my first year of law school, I realized I needed an outlet on weekends. I tried skydiving and I was not interested in the aspect of falling quickly toward the ground. I did find that I loved having a parachute above me and having the time to gaze out across the land. I then discovered the extreme sport of paragliding. I am currently working through the levels of instruction. Nothing beats flying 6,000 feet above the ground, hearing nothing but the wind and being at eye level with the falcons.
"Choosing ASU Law was an easy decision after I had the opportunity to meet a number of faculty and staff. I was interested in pursuing a career in either Business Law or Sports and Entertainment Law, and ASU's faculty has impressive expertise in both areas from their own practices. I also loved the faculty's impressive experience outside of traditional legal practice, and I relished the opportunity to take a class taught by a CEO, former real estate broker, or sports agent. Unique teaching perspectives such as these were important to me in choosing a law school, and the perspectives found at ASU set it apart from other institutions.
In my time at ASU Law, I have learned that I have an interest in a wide range of transactional legal practices, including Real Estate and Tax Law. This upcoming summer I will be a summer associate for Ballard Spahr in their Salt Lake City office. The firm's renowned Real Estate, Business, and Finance Law practices make this position a perfect fit for me, as I aspire to work in these practice areas after graduation.
A fun fact about me is that I am a Spanish speaker, and I have recently had the opportunity to use my language learning experience to assist in crafting a curriculum for an English as a Second Language program in the West Valley!"
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, ASU Law is able to award more than 125 scholarships annually.