As it continues to raise its profile, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State Universit y is attracting elite students from all across the country.

The No. 8 public law school, according to U.S. News & World Report, consistently rates among the best in job placement and bar passage. ASU Law is welcoming a new class of students this fall from more than 40 different states. Download Full Image Although the common denominator is academic success — the incoming class boasts the highest grade-point average and average LSAT score in the school’s history — their backgrounds and interests are as varied as their geography.

“If you’re a highly motivated student who’s passionate about the law, we don’t care where you’re from — you are welcome here,” said ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester. “We have always taken pride in the diverse backgrounds and accomplishments of our student body and believe it is an essential element to the education and experience we offer at ASU Law.”

Three members of the new fall class shared their thoughts on the divergent paths that brought them to ASU Law, and what they hope to accomplish. Christopher Senn Law-school student ready for takeoff

From a young age, Christopher Senn had dreams of becoming a lawyer.

“Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed debating,” said the 24-year-old native of Washington, D.C. “As superficial as that sounds — I know that’s not what law will really entail — but I always told myself that I wanted to be a lawyer growing up.”

But he enlisted in the Marines in 2011, and his career took a different flight path. Stationed in Cherry Point, North Carolina, Senn served as a pilot of drones, referred to in the military as unmanned aircraft systems. From there, he enrolled in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating in 2015 with a degree in aeronautics. He then got a job in Sierra Vista, Arizona, working for Raytheon, a major defense contractor and the world’s largest manufacturer of guided missiles, and simultaneously began a master’s degree program in unmanned systems at Embry-Riddle, becoming one of the first graduates of that particular […]

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