Arizona is a fascinating state. The Grand Canyon, the Barringer Crater, and the state's colorful residents provide an environment that is distinctly unique. If you are interested in studying law in Arizona, you'll find that the options, while limited, reflect the state's odd and sometimes unforgiving landscape.
Both of Arizona's law schools are ABA-accredited. Arizona Summit Law School, formerly known as Phoenix School of Law, closed its doors in 2018 after being placed on probation by the ABA for its admissions practices.
The following article provides a brief overview of Arizona law schools with some considerations that can help you determine which program is right for you.
Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University's law school is ranked among the top 30 law schools in the country by the U.S. News and World Report annual law school rankings. It is located in Phoenix in the Beus Center for Law and Society facilities opened in 2016.
The school has excellent post-graduation employment figures and a high bar passage rate of around 87%. Arizona residents pay around $28,000 per year for law school tuition.
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Although lower ranked than Arizona State University, the University of Arizona's law school is also somewhat smaller, which may appeal to students looking for a more personal educational experience. Located in Tucson, the school has hosted many Supreme Court Justices who have taught courses and delivered lectures on multiple occasions.
Resident students pay around $26,000 per year in tuition; non-residents pay around $30,000. The average bar passage rate for University of Arizona graduates is 79%.
Tips for Law School and Beyond
Having chosen the right law school, you'll be ready to get started with some other important early issues law students face. FindLaw's Law Students section includes tips about exam taking, internships, bar exams, your first job, and other topics to help you get through law school and into practice.