ASU Achievement Program (LSAT waiver)


The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University enrolls only one first-year class per year, and students are admitted for the fall semester.  Each year, far more qualified applicants submit applications to the College of Law than the college’s facilities and programs can accommodate.  Thus, admission is very competitive. The College of Law makes its admissions decisions based upon all information contained in the applicant’s file.

Generally, to be considered for admission to the J.D. program, an applicant must have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and have earned, or will earn by the time of matriculation to the law school, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university. However, for a limited time, the American Bar Association (ABA) is allowing law schools to accept a limited number of students to their J.D. program without requiring an LSAT provided they meet certain qualifications.  We are only offering this to a select number of students and alumni who have meet the following requirements: 

  1. You must
    1. be currently enrolled at ASU as an undergraduate student who will graduate before the start of the fall 2016 semester, or
    2. have received your bachelor’s degree from ASU after August 2015, or
    3. be seeking a JD in combination with another graduate degree under a joint degree program;
    4. have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above through six semesters of academic work; and
    5. have scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT if you are applying as an undergraduate student (under 1a or 1b above), or have scored at or above the 85th percentile on the GRE or GMAT if you are applying as a graduate student (under 1c above). Any admitted student (under 1c above) who is not admitted to a joint degree program will have their offer of admission rescinded.  
    6. have not taken and do not plan to take the LSAT.  Any admitted student who violates this commitment will have their offer of admission rescinded.

 Furthermore, a candidate must complete the application for admission and submit all mandatory attachments. Transcripts and evaluations/letters of recommendation must be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)'s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and will be provided by LSAC to the College of Law.  Applicants may also be required to conduct an interview with Committee members.

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University will provide full file review to 100 percent of the completed applications to the J.D. program. While the applicant’s undergraduate record is an important predictor, no decision will be made on objective criteria alone. Among the other factors considered by the Admissions Committee are the rigor of the undergraduate course of study, demonstrated commitment to public service, work experience, leadership experience, extracurricular or community activities, history of overcoming economic or other disadvantage, personal experiences with discrimination, overcoming disability, geographic diversity, diversity of experience and background, maturity, ability to communicate, foreign language proficiency, honors and awards, service in the Armed Forces, publications, and exceptional personal talents.