What makes the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Special?

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Centers and Programs - We have several top notch centers and programs at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. The Center for Law, Science, and Innovation was the first of its kind in the country, specializing in studying the intersections of law and science. The Indian Legal Program is considered the premiere program for students wanting to specialize in Indian and tribal law. The Center for Law and Global Affairs seeks to teach and inspire research about new forms of transnational public-private governance that do not fit neatly into the old paradigms of public international law. 

Clinical Programs - The clinics give students the opportunity to manage real cases, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, and to assist in the representation of real clients. They will work with indigent clients, government agencies, defense lawyers, tribal judges, researchers, and faculty.

Externships - More than 250 externship placements each year allow our students further opportunities to learn through practice and receive academic credit towards graduation. Externs work with judges, legislative offices, and administrative agencies, ranging from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to the Arizona Legislature to the Center for Law in the Public Interest.

Pro Bono Program - Our institutionally supported pro bono program enables students to gain real world experience while making a difference in the lives of those who lack the resources to pay for quality legal assistance. Last year, our students contributed more than 73,000 hours of law-related public service to low income and underserved populations. This amounts to services with a fair market value of more than $6.2 million. We currently have 24 student-run pro bono organizations and two-thirds of graduates participated in pro bono activities.

Academic Support Program (ASP) - ASP helps students develop the skills that will enable them to perform the sophisticated analytical work required to excel at the College. Through program meetings, classes, and one-on-one advisement, the program seeks to target the individual strengths and weaknesses of each student who participates.


Our faculty are among the leading scholars in their fields, as well as being excellent professors. Among them, they have argued hundreds of cases, more than 80 before the Supreme Court. They have been tribal and appellate judges, assistant United States attorneys, Supreme Court clerks, and clerks on the U.S. International Trade Commission.

But even more important than their experience and expertise, they share a commitment to teaching. Our low faculty-student ratio, one of the lowest in the country, allows for small classes with lots of faculty-student interaction. On Armstrong Hall’s second floor, just above the classrooms, faculty offices are always filled with students meeting one-on-one with their teachers. And students frequently get to work as research assistants to faculty members.


HNBA/ASU Mentoring Program
– Mentoring programs are designed to provide student populations with the information, guidance, and inspiration needed to keep them engaged in school, and to encourage them to aspire to higher education. The Hispanic National Bar Association created a four-tier mentoring program, in which faculty member Charles Calleros brought to Phoenix. The program works for participants at each step of the ladder to the legal profession: high school students are exposed to information about college; pre-law students learn about the law school admission process and the importance of taking challenging classes, and law students get an inside view of the practice of law with their attorney mentors.

Diversity Legal Writing Program - Each year, the Maricopa County Bar Association Minority and Women Task Force (CMWL) provides a unique opportunity for second-year law students to clerk with private law firms to enhance their legal education.

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