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Douglas J. Sylvester
Dean and Professor of Law
Welcome to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where you will experience a higher degree of opportunity on your road to becoming a great lawyer or a master of legal principles in your industry. It is a privilege—and a great responsibility—to be entrusted with the name and legacy of 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.
At ASU Law, we offer comprehensive curriculum which includes more than 250 unique courses offered each year so students can tailor their education to their interests. We believe providing personalized and practical legal education is paramount. Therefore, we offer a number of programs and guaranteed externships that are led and supported by faculty, staff and other experts who are passionately focused on students’ success. And while increase the number of programs we offer and experience growing student interest, we continue to have one of the best student-to-faculty ratios in the country.
ASU Law and its home in downtown Phoenix, the nation’s fifth largest city, provide tremendous opportunities that range from exciting intellectual and practical academic experiences, to economic advantages that come from being the only law school within 100 miles and just steps away from law firms, government entities, and businesses. Opportunities also come in the form of rich cultural activities and an overall lifestyle that is enhanced by endless sunshine and the great outdoors. ASU Law also offers extensive programs beyond Phoenix, in key places like Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
Our commitment to our students’ success continues forever through our Law for Life program which offers graduates free career guidance and support from our Office of Career and Employment Services as well as free or low-cost preferred tuition rates on continued education.
With gainfully employed graduates, a dynamic and vibrant community, and an institution dedicated at every level to providing you with the finest educational experience possible, ASU Law is ideally suited to get you where you want to go.
The Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix is home to ASU Law
Join ASU Law, the nation’s No. 8 ranked public law school, and you’ll be part of a university that has been named the most innovative in the country three years in a row by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2018).
Arizona is home to some of the nation’s most popular national parks and monuments, including the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro National Park, and Organ Pipe National Monument.
Arizona has one of the strongest economies in the nation, ranking among the best states for job growth (3rd), entrepreneurship (6th), net migration (7th), and increase of youth population (9th), according to U.S. News & World Report.
Arizona is the sunniest state in America and offers an abundance of outdoor activities. It’s no surprise that Phoenix is a hiker’s paradise with more than 40,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserves.