Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Policies

Graduate Policies

Academic Integrity

Honor Code

The legal profession, a self-regulating association, depends on the integrity, honor and personal morality of each member. Similarly, the integrity and value of a Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law degree depends on a reputation for fair competition. The college’s honor code is intended as a measure to preserve the integrity of the school’s diploma and to create an arena in which students can compete fairly and confidently. Copies of the honor code are available from the college’s student services office.

Academic Standing

Retention Standards

The College of Law requires a minimum GPA of 2.00 to continue enrollment. If a student's GPA falls below this number, he or she may be disqualified in accordance with College of Law policies.

The College of Law statement of student policies contains additional retention and academic policies. The statement of student policies can be found at https://law.asu.edu.

Advising

Academic advising for currently enrolled law students is available through the office of the assistant dean for academic affairs.

Degree Requirements

Concurrent Degrees

College of Law students must be in academic good standing to be eligible to pursue a concurrent degree.

Shared Credit
Per the Graduate College policy for concurrent master’s degrees, a maximum of 20 percent of the minimum total credit hours for the completion of both degrees may be common hours shared between the degree programs. The total number of hours common to both degree programs may vary from this maximum value only when the Graduate College office has formally approved coordinated degree programs.

The Graduate College policy also states that for a concurrent master’s/doctoral degree a maximum of nine credit hours may be common hours shared between the degrees and may only include coursework completed after admission to both degree programs. The total number of hours common to both degree programs may vary from this maximum value only when the Graduate College office has formally approved coordinated degree programs.

The Graduate College policy for concurrent doctoral degrees states that a maximum of 12 credit hours may be common hours shared between the degrees. The total number of hours common to both degree programs may vary from this maximum value only when the Graduate College office has formally approved coordinated degree programs.

Process
Current Juris Doctor College of Law students who are interested in pursuing a concurrent degree should contact the College of Law Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs or the College of Law Assistant Registrar prior to applying to the college or department offering the desired concurrent degree.

Students in one of the College of Law’s master’s degree programs who are interested in pursuing a concurrent degree should contact the College of Law Associate Dean for New Education Initiatives prior to applying to the college or department offering the concurrent degree.

Current ASU students who are not enrolled in the College of Law and who wish to pursue a concurrent degree with the College of Law should contact the College of Law Admission office. https://law.asu.edu/admissions

Admission Process

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law enrolls only one first-year, JD class per year, and it enters in the fall semester. The program is a three-year program, and almost all students study on a full-time basis. The college does offer a flexible scheduling option for students with circumstances that make full-time enrollment impossible. The following steps must be completed for an applicant to be considered for admission to the JD program:

  1. Demonstrate an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university by the time of enrollment in the JD program.
  2. Take the LSAT and provide a reportable score from that test.
  3. Submit a completed application with application fee.
  4. Submit transcripts and letters of recommendation through the Law School Admissions Council's Credential Assembly Service, which will be provided to the College of Law by LSAC with the applicant's LSAT record. Applicants must apply electronically through www.lsac.org.

The undergraduate record and LSAT score are only two of many factors considered for admission.

More details about the application process can be found at https://law.asu.edu/admissions. For an application to be considered timely, it must be postmarked or electronically submitted by March 1. The deadline for early admission is Nov. 15.

Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing, and they must abide by all university policies including those of the Graduate College and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.