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Dean's Message

Dean Stacy Leeds

Welcome to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Named after a legal trailblazer: former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. We strive to honor her by committing ourselves, as she has, to advancing justice through education and public service.

Since our founding in the 1960s, we have embraced our unique responsibility to the communities we serve. We are an integral part of the broader ASU community, where innovation and flexibility permeate our approach to our work. 

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves."

ASU Charter
Dean Stacy Leeds posing in the ASU Law Reading Room

We create an environment of excellence, inclusion and belonging. From first-generation college students to students from a family of lawyers, we welcome and celebrate you and your unique backgrounds and experiences. 

ASU Law is dedicated to providing an exceptional legal education with a comprehensive curriculum, which includes more than 250 unique courses offered each year so that students can tailor their education to their interests. We believe providing personalized and practical legal education is paramount. And therefore, we offer a number of programs and guaranteed externships that are led and supported by faculty, staff and other experts passionately focused on students' success. 

ASU Law also offers extensive programs beyond Phoenix, in vibrant cities on both coasts (Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles) and rural communities like Window Rock, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. We offer unparalleled flexibility to enable you to study what you want, how you want and where you want. We understand that to provide access to education and unique educational experiences; we need to identify the right learning options for each individual.

And our commitment and support don't conclude at the end of your legal education; we form bonds that connect us for a lifetime. With gainfully employed graduates and job placement rates among the best in the nation, our career services team is dedicated to opening the right doors to your ideal job. And if continued legal education is part of your journey, we offer low-cost preferred tuition rates. 

Located centrally in downtown Phoenix, the nation's fifth largest city, ASU Law provides tremendous opportunities ranging from exciting intellectual and practical academic experiences to advantages from being the only law school within 100 miles and just steps away from law firms, government entities, and businesses. Opportunities also come in rich cultural activities and an overall lifestyle enhanced by endless sunshine and the great outdoors. 

Beyond the natural beauty of our surroundings, we believe your wellness is a critical component of your law school experience and your ability to sustain a rewarding career. Here at ASU Law, we focus on the whole student and the skills needed to succeed in the legal profession and in life. Providing a sense of community and the resources you need to have a healthy experience at ASU Law is core to our mission.