employer outreach initiative

Graduates of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law are infinitely
better equipped than their peers for today's challenging legal environment.

Some law schools use buzz words, such as “practice ready” and “professionally prepared,” to describe
their students’ law-school training. But look deeper. One top law school, the Sandra Day O’Connor
College of Law at Arizona State University, is demonstrating that being great in all the traditional scholarly
ways can be successfully paired with practical skills training.

Students graduating today from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have been groomed
for the future as never before.

The proof:

5th best Legal Method and Writing Program in the nation (2012 U.S. News & World Report)
• One of the best faculty/student ratios among Top 30 law schools
• More than a dozen clinics and clinical units with a spot for every student
250 annual placements in nonprofit, judicial, and government agencies through the Externship Program;
  seven in 10 students participate
• An average of 250 client contact hours per student at graduation
20 active pro bono groups to choose from, serving children, the homeless, military veterans, victims of
  domestic violence, artists, and animals, among many others
• More than 80 distinguished trial attorneys and trial judges serving as adjunct faculty in the
  Trial Advocacy Program

For employers:

Post a job: The Career Strategy Center can help with your recruitment needs, whether full-time associates
or part-time law clerks. We have a talented and diverse pool of law students and recent alumni available.

STEP: Short-Term Employment Project is a new program offering solo practitioners and small firms in Arizona
the assistance of qualified law students and recent graduates. If you need help with research, drafting, or trial
preparation, post your project at law-asu-csm.symplicity.com/employers.

Corporate Internship Program: More than 40 local corporations actively recruit our students. The College
of Law provides efficient and cost-effective alternatives for finding qualified students for internship positions.

Firm visits: Interested in what’s going on at the law school? Want to learn more about how the College of Law
can assist you with your own unique hiring needs? Our Director of Employer Relations, Samantha Williams,
is happy to schedule a visit to your firm. Contact her at (480) 727-7092 or Samantha.C.Williams@asu.edu.

then and now

We are always impressed with the quality of students from ASU. Back when I graduated from the College of Law, there weren’t nearly as many clinical opportunities or externship placements available as there are now, and what we’re seeing as a result of these experiences are students who are far more practice ready. These are students who have been much better trained to work with clients, judges, and witnesses, which means they can add value to any legal employer from day one. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Mary Ellen Simonson, Partner, Lewis & Roca

student experiences

“My participation in the Civil Justice Clinic as a student attorney was invaluable. Not only did those experiences allow me to figure out what kind of law I wanted to practice, they provided me with the skills I needed to be successful as soon as I started work at the Department of Defense.”

Capt. Patrick Camuñez, Class of 2010
Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Staff Judge Associate Arizona Air National Guard

“Stemming from my externship with the Immigration Court and participation in the Immigration Law & Policy Clinic, I was accepted into the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program. Likewise, I believe that ‘but for’ my participation in the Post-Conviction Clinic, I would not have received my current position in the Arizona courts system.” 

Molly Weinstein Grajeda, Class of 2009
Capital Staff Attorney
Superior Court of Arizona

 “Taking initiative in areas of the law that interested me was essential to my law school experience and professional development. Providing legal guidance to struggling artists in Volunteer Legal Assistance for Artists, through the College of Law’s Pro Bono Program, provided me with a wide range of practical experience.”

Amara Edblad, Class of 2011
Sports and Entertainment Law Journal

 “I did several judicial externships at the Arizona Court of Appeals and at the Arizona District Court. Not only did those experiences influence what kind of law I wanted to practice, but they helped prepare me for my future job – clerking at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Amara Edblad, Class of 2011
Sports and Entertainment Law Journal

 “The Intensive Writing Class was crucial for me. Daily, aggressive assignments and one-on-one meetings with the professor improved my writing dramatically.”

Cameron Cope, Class of 2013

“I went to law school because I wanted to litigate. ASU delivered. By working for three judges, two federal agencies, and spending a semester in D.C., I received the hands-on experience needed to succeed in trial work. Entering practice, I feel prepared, excited, and ready for the courtroom.”

Rob Gordon, Class of 2011
Field Attorney
Large Business & International Division
IRS, Office of Chief Counsel