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We have thrilling news to share. 


On Thursday, April 4, the Arizona Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve a tuition reduction for students pursuing a JD at Arizona Law.


This is the first significant tuition reduction for any law school, anywhere.


I'll describe the changes in more detail below. But first, allow me to briefly highlight three members of the Arizona Law community: soon-to-be graduate, Caylin Barter, alumnus Ted Schmidt, and Professor Barbara Atwood. They will each share reactions to the tuition reduction.


You can also see coverage in the student newspaper, The Daily Wildcat, here, or the story broadcast by KVOA-TV here. Or national coverage from the National Journal here, the Chronicle of Higher Education here, and Above the Law here.  


Student News
Caylin Barter (Class of 2013)

Caylin Barter came to law school to make a difference. A former ski-instructor with a passion for the environment, she thought about the many ways her education could help her make an impact in the world. Caylin shares her thoughts on why she believes the tuition reduction is good for all members of the Arizona Law community.


Barter, Calin
"As a 3L who will be graduating in a few weeks, I will not get to experience the direct and immediate benefits of the tuition reduction. But looking at the bigger picture, I'm confident that the law school's investment in the rising 3Ls, 2Ls, and 1Ls will benefit past, present, and future graduates of AZ Law.


Lowering our tuition is likely to attract highly qualified applicants who have had their choices constrained by the staggering cost of a legal education. Lowering out tuition also sends a powerful message that offering a top-tier legal education at a land grant institution is indeed attainable when a law school is willing to innovate. Some law schools across the nation are freezing their tuition levels, but a tuition reduction is truly newsworthy.


The markets for legal employment and legal education have changed drastically in the last several years, and only law schools that make significant changes will stay competitive for the shrinking pool of high-quality applicants.


Arizona Law is proving itself a leader in this new paradigm.


The tuition reduction, combined with the recent expansion of our degree offerings for non-traditional law students, maintains the quality of our new graduates, keeps our alumni network populated with great lawyers, and puts my law school on the front pages for all the right reasons."


You can connect with Caylin through her LinkedIn profile.


Faculty News
Barbara Atwood ('76)
Atwood, Barbara

Professor Barbara Atwood is a familiar name to many of you as she has been a part of the Arizona Law Community since she entered law school in 1973. After graduation, Barbara returned to the College as a Professor in 1986.


Through the years Barbara has helped to define what it means to teach a small section in the first year, and has acted as a mentor to many law students.


Barbara shared her thoughts on the reduction.


"As both an alum and faculty member of this law school, I'm thrilled that we're taking the unusual step of reducing tuition.


This move - which comes at a time when the College of Law has risen in the national rankings - will make legal education more affordable for our students and reduce their overall debt. That, in turn, will let students have more options at graduation, including pursuing public interest law. It's a win-win situation for sure."


For more information on Barbara, visit her faculty profile.


Alumni News
Ted Schmidt ('77)
Schmidt, Ted

Ted Schmidt has been practicing law in Tucson for more than 35 years. He is a partner at the firm Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi where he is able to work closely with his son, Matt ('10). 


Ted is also a devoted alumnus of the College and long-time member of the Law College Association, the alumni and fundraising board of the College of Law.  


"This is a very wise move by the Board of Regents, and it could not come at a better time. Making a legal education more affordable for our students in the face of these economically challenging times is yet another very positive distinction setting Arizona Law further ahead of the competition.


It sets the right tone with our current student body and makes for a substantially attractive inducement to prospective students. Quite simply, it is the right thing to do."


You can read more about Ted on his attorney profile.


The Tuition Reduction Initiative

JD tuition for residents will decline 10.6% from $27,288 to $24,381-almost $3,000 a year. JD tuition for non-residents will decline 8.2% from $42,298 to $38,841.


Our new out-of state tuition will make Arizona Law significantly less expensive than the resident tuition at most public law schools and all private law schools throughout the West. We will be significantly less expensive than all of the public institutions in California, the University of San Diego, the University of Colorado, Denver University, and the University of Washington - all fine schools that our applicants often also consider.


This dramatic step is only possible because years of being attentive to costs, careful planning, and the thoughtful support of the University to allow the law school to lead, as it has done so often over the past century.


Among the many implications of the tuition reduction, every scholarship dollar now goes farther - it has a more significant impact.


It is no secret that these are challenging times for law schools, and for the legal profession. Here at Arizona Law, we have responded to these changing times with:

  • the February bar initiative
  • building on our strong experiential learning foundations
  • modest reduction in the size of the JD class
  • globalization of our study body and our programs, and
  • a sustained focus on the core-the education of first rate lawyers.

Arizona Law continues to produce strong job placement numbers in a very tough market, and positive results in surveys of varying conceptual power - including the National Law Journal 250 survey. We have taken a jump up in the highly controversial US News rankings due to the new data-based assessment of legal employment which both captures our true strength, and standardized the ways all law schools need to document and report real job data.


From this place of strength, adaptation, and forward movement, the significant reduction in tuition will help us remain true to our role as a leading public law school at a land-grant university.


We hope you will join us in celebrating this step - and in letting the best prospective students (and potential top transfer students) know that we are a superb small law school at one of the world's great research universities, and now even more affordable.



Movers and Shakers

Have you recently moved or changed jobs? Do you have updated contact information or generally want to be more in touch with the college? You can always email us your latest news at


Online Recurring Giving: Green, Great, Grateful

Are you wondering how you can make a difference at Arizona Law? A gift to the Arizona Law Fund allows us to support student scholarships, provide critical funding for key priorities, and develop important student enrichment events.


Our new online option to make monthly gifts using a credit card is an easier, greener way to support Arizona Law:


Every gift matters - recurring giving is a way to show your steady support for the College of Law as we continue to navigate one of the world's great public law schools through changing and challenging times.


Admitted Students Preview Weekend

This past weekend, we welcomed nearly 50 prospective students to campus for Admitted Students Preview Weekend. Our admissions team is building another superb class, and I look forward to sharing their stories with you in the coming weeks.


Conversations with Bob Mundheim

Professor Bob Mundheim concluded his lunchtime conversations this week with John Cannon of Shearman & Sterling, and Gene Sykes, head of Goldman Sachs' mergers and acquisition practice. The reaction to these talks has been wonderfully positive, and we certainly owe a debt of gratitude to Bob for organizing these events.



VLP Spring Student Luncheon - Friday April 12

The Volunteer Lawyers Program will be holding its 2013 student luncheon this Friday from 11:45am - 1:15pm in the Lewis & Roca Lobby at the College. This luncheon is a chance to celebrate lawyers and law students who have given back to their community, and to attract a new group of interested students to the program. Every year, more than 1,200 volunteers donate their time to the project that provides assistance to low-income families in need.


PCBA Young Lawyers Division Happy Hour - Friday April 12

The PCBA Young Lawyers Divisions (YLD) will be hosting a joint happy hour with the Tucson Young Professionals (TYP) on Friday, April 12th beginning at 5:00pm. The event will be held at Thunder Canyon Brewery, 220 E Broadway Blvd, in Tucson. For more information, contact Mark Heckele (President, YLD) or Julie Miles (Liaison, TYP)


LCA Dinner - Get Your Tickets Now!

We expect a great crowd at the 39th Annual Law College Association (LCA) Dinner Saturday, April 27 at the Westward Look Resort. We cannot imagine the reason why any alum would not yet have reserved a ticket. But if you have not, fear not - you can still do so. Help the LCA and the Arizona Law community celebrate Anna Maria Chavez ('94), Catherine Douglass ('76), Prof. Steven Duke ('59), Larry Hecker ('69, '72), Prof. Thomas Mauet, and The Honorable Frank Zapata ('73).


To register for the dinner, click here.



We are coming to the final weeks of the semester. Tucson bears hints of the warm summer breeze. But the work of our community does not end with graduation, or at the end of the term, and we will continue to report to you on the people and events at the College of Law throughout the summer.



Marc Miller

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Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
James E. Rogers College of Law

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