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FAQ's for Current Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Students
What is the process for applications from current Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students?
Current Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students who wish to apply to participate in the program must complete and submit the Current ASU Student WLEP Application by the deadlines specified at
. The application form requires a statement of interest in the program, a resumé, a law school transcript, a writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation. The applications should be submitted to Carolyn Landry. Students will be notified on a rolling basis as to whether or not they have been accepted into the program. Admitted students will be required to submit the required acknowledgment of The Washington Center policies.
Are there any prerequisites for this program?
Students must be in their second or third year of law school during the semester they participate in the program (in other words, they must have completed the equivalent of the law school's first year full-time curriculum). To be admitted, students must also be in good standing, academically and with regard to conduct, and not on probation. There are no course prerequisites for this program.
What criteria will be used to determine who is accepted into the program?
Admission into the program will be determined on the basis of a holistic, full-file review of each application.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
Applicants for the program must be in good standing, academically and with regard to conduct, and not on probation. Otherwise, there is no specific minimum GPA that is required in order to apply for the program. However, GPA is one of the many factors that will be taken into consideration in the application process. It is worth noting that some externship sites favor students with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
Is there a class rank requirement?
Applicants for the program must be in good standing, academically and with regard to conduct, and not on probation. There is no specific minimum class rank that is required in order to apply for the program. However, class rank is one of the many factors that will be taken into consideration in the application process.
Will prior experience in the public policy arena be taken into account?
Yes, prior substantive experience in the public policy arena, as reflected in the required resumé, will be one of the many factors that will be taken into consideration in the application process.
What courses will be offered?
Courses are designed to complement the students' externship experiences. Subjects will likely include topics such as legislative advocacy, and advanced issues relating to executivge branch independent agencies. The list of courses has not yet been announced. However, it is being designed so as to minimize overlap with courses that an applicant may already have taken at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
How will I be graded in the courses?
The courses will be standard academic courses. They will be graded consistent with the College of Law's regular grading policies and as stipulated by each professor in the course description and syllabus.
How will I be graded in my externship?
Externships will be graded based on input from placement and academic supervisors.
How do the courses relate to my externship?
Courses will be designed to complement the students' externship experiences. Course grades will be separate from externship grades.
Will I receive assistance in identifying and applying for an externship?
Students will receive assistance in identifying and applying for an externship once they have been accepted into the program.
If I am accepted into the program, am I guaranteed the externship of my choice?
While decisions as to acceptance into the program are made by the College of Law, each externship placement site then selects their own externs from candidates accepted into the Program. Some externship placement sites are likely to be competitive. While we are confident that one or more externship opportunities in Washington, D.C., will be available to each student who is accepted into the program, we are not in a position to guarantee that a given student will be able to extern with a particular agency or in a particular field.
How much will the program cost?
Participating students will be charged the standard in-state or out-of-state tuition (as appropriate to their residency status).
Because of the risk posed -- to the program, its cost structure, and its credibility with placement sites -- by students applying and then dropping out, we have instituted the following set of charges to deter dropouts:
-- Student applications to the program must be accompanied by an application fee of $60 (paid to College of Law).
-- Accepted students must pay to the College of Law a program deposit fee of $250, which will be forfeited if the student drops out of the program, but is otherwise applied towards the student's tuition. No additional fees will be charged to participating students.
Can my financial aid be adjusted to reflect any additional costs I may incur from participation in the program, such as the cost of travel to and from Washington, D.C., and the additional cost of student housing in Washington, D.C.?
In principle, your financial aid package can be adjusted to reflect any additional costs you may incur from participating in the program. For specifics, please confer with Joseph Lindsay at the College of Law Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Life.