7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?
Once the application is completed, it is sent to review and, depending on the amount of review needed and the number of reviewers warranted, the decision can be issued within two to three weeks, or it can take several months, especially in the case of the waitlisted applicants.
8. Which firms/organizations recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?
A broad range of law firms—including National Law Journal Top 250 firms; corporations; county, state, and federal government agencies; public interest organizations; and the judiciary recruit students from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. The most prevalent graduate placements are with the judiciary, government agencies, and law firms (large, medium, and small).
9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?
Some applicants make careless grammatical mistakes and misuse terms in the documents that they submit, thereby hurting their chances. It is also important to submit documents that are responsive to the questions asked by each particular law school, paying attention to the differences between the applications of different law schools. Students should assess the requirements and limitations for each application and meet them.
10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?
We oppose the idea that there is an archetype. The educational environment is much more dynamic if we have students with a wide variety of academic backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, involvements, passions, socioeconomic backgrounds, and political leanings. Our students will be better lawyers if they are trained in an environment where they are challenged by their classmates to think in ways that they might not have otherwise. We are proud to enroll such a class every year.