ASU Law ranked No. 25 for second consecutive year


March 14, 2017

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University ranked No. 25 among all law schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of graduate schools. The 25th spot was shared with two other schools last year. ASU Law alone claims No. 25 this year.

ASU Law is the No. 1 law school in Arizona for the eighth consecutive year. ASU Law also ranks No. 8 among all U.S. public law schools, No. 3 among public law schools in the West, and displayed solid performance in U.S. News & World Report’s specialty rankings. The following ASU Law programs made the top 25: Legal Writing at No. 6, Dispute Resolution at No. 10, Health Law at No. 16, and Environmental Law at No. 23. Download Full Image

“We remain relentlessly focused on student success and quality programs. We are the only top 50 law school that held its entering student credentials at the median and 25th percentiles when comparing credentials at the height of the Great Recession and now,” said Douglas J. Sylvester, dean of ASU Law. “During a time of global crisis, we invested in new programs like sports law and business, rule of law and governance, and sustainability law, thanks to the generosity of our donors and commitment from law school faculty and staff.”

ASU Law is a leading provider of comprehensive and personalized legal education. The law school ranks top 20 in the nation for job placement and No. 1 in Arizona on all levels including bar passage and employment. Located in the new Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix, ASU Law acts as a “living law laboratory” where students are involved in activities that engage the public about laws that affect our everyday lives. ASU Law offers students unparalleled opportunities in Arizona and all around the country.

“I chose ASU Law because it is the most reputable law school in the region,” said Cara Dames, 2018 JD candidate. “I was also impressed with the clinics and externships that are available to ASU Law students and the fact that Arizona law firms seek out ASU Law students for summer associate positions.”

“Phoenix is the perfect city for me. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the country with abundant opportunities,” said Snehashish Sadhu, 2018 JD candidate. “Yet it retains a cozy environment. Moreover, ASU Law is the premier institution which provides great access to the legal community.”

ASU Law celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It welcomed its first class in 1967 and was renamed in 2006 after Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. ASU was the first in the nation to name a law school after a woman.

“I am proud that this college bears my name. It is dedicated to providing students with opportunities and experiences that advance our shared commitment to justice and the rule of law,” said O’Connor. “I went to law school because it seemed to me that lawyers knew how to make things happen, they knew how things worked, and they could make things happen in their own lifetime.”

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CNN, Cronkite School to host journalism workshops, lecture


March 14, 2017

CNN is coming to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for a special public lecture and a series of exclusive training sessions for students and professional journalists.

A select group of ASU students and professional journalists will take part in the CNN Journalism Workshops on Saturday, March 18, at the Cronkite School. The in-depth career development sessions, led by CNN executives and journalists, will cover news producing, on-air reporting and digital content. Cronkite School building CNN is coming to ASU's Cronkite School for a special public lecture and a series of exclusive training sessions for students and professional journalists. Download Full Image

The CNN Journalism Workshops will be followed by a public lecture on Monday, March 20, featuring Ramon Escobar, CNN’s vice president of talent recruitment and development who will share important lessons for getting started in journalism. The talk is part of the Cronkite School’s weekly “Must See Mondays” speaker series, which features national leaders in journalism and communications.

Based in New York, Escobar oversees the recruitment and development of on-air talent at CNN. He also reports to CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker as the organization’s vice president of diversity and inclusion.

“CNN is thrilled to be hosting our daylong journalism training sessions at ASU,” Escobar said. “The Cronkite School has a long track record of developing some of the strongest and best-prepared journalists in the country. I’m also impressed with the school’s commitment to diversity. ASU shares CNN’s view that never has this commitment to diversity been more important as we look to shape an industry that must reflect dramatically dynamic national and global news audiences.”

A media veteran with 25 years of experience in news and entertainment in local, cable and network television as well as digital/new media, Escobar has worked in both English- and Spanish-language media. He came to CNN from Telemundo, where he was the head of the news division.

His lecture, “Designing Career Strategies,” will take place in the Cronkite School’s First Amendment Forum at 7 p.m. The Cronkite School is located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus at 555. N. Central Ave.

“We are excited to be working with CNN to provide our outstanding students with the opportunity to learn and network with some of the best in broadcast journalism,” said Cronkite Assistant Dean Mark Lodato, who leads “Cronkite News,” the school’s award-winning daily newscast. “We sincerely appreciate CNN’s support and look forward to Ramon’s talk.”

The Cronkite School has strong ties to CNN, with several alumni serving in key roles for the news organization. Becky Anderson (1994) is managing editor and anchor of CNN Abu Dhabi; Rafael Romo (1995) is a senior Latin American affairs editor at CNN; P.J. Javaheri (2006) is a meteorologist and weather anchor for CNN International; Ian Lee (2007) is a foreign correspondent for CNN in Cairo; Samuel Burke (2009) is an international business and technology correspondent for CNNMoney; and Leigh Munsil (2010) is a breaking news editor for CNNPolitics in Washington, D.C.