Dean Miller watching the solar eclipse with students
Nothing like a solar eclipse to help ring in the first day of classes! Students, faculty and staff gathered in the courtyard to enjoy the event together.
Students are back! Classes are back! So ... 

... Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law is back!

One of the most thrilling days each year occurs as we welcome new members of the community -- in JD, LLM, SJD, MLS and BA programs.

The incoming JD class is strong and diverse in every way imaginable, and they join an already strong and diverse community that in total includes students from more than 38 countries, more than 35 U.S. states and more than 19 indigenous nations or groups.

Our incoming students attended more than 75 undergraduate institutions, and nearly 20 percent already hold a graduate degree. Among the new members of our community you'll find former teachers, AmeriCorps alumni, military veterans, published authors, a tribal court judge, a double patent holder, and even a contestant from "The Voice." 

We anticipate great things from our new students. And I know as you encounter them in the halls of the law school, through mentoring and interviews, or out in the community, you'll be impressed.

Until next time,

Why Did You Choose Law?

That's the question we asked new students as they arrived for orientation last week. Their answers range from the practical to the poetic. Read through this selection for a glimpse at the mindset of the newest Wildcats. 

"My family and community need me."

"To protect children."

"To fight injustice and promote technology for societal good."

"To garner more skills for transforming systemic economic inequality."

"Law is one of the most powerful instruments for change."

"To make a tangible, positive impact."

"Because the Earth needs a good lawyer."

"To be successful in a respected profession."

"I want to help tribal communities that have legal issues."

"A practical degree with positive opportunities."
"Because I wanted to become a corporate lawyer."

"They said I couldn't do it."

"In matters of justice, law succeeds when all else fails."

Put Our Talents to Work
Students interviewing The Career Development Office has been busy conducting fall interviewing programs in Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Tucson and Phoenix. 

More than 50 employers are considering Arizona Law students and graduates through the formal interviewing programs and application process. 

The Tucson Interview Program continues through this Friday, Aug. 25, here at Arizona Law. 

If you are interested in working with Arizona Law talent, contact the Career Development Office to participate in this or upcoming recruitment events or to join our online recruiting system and job bank.
Around the College
UA commencement
The UA's bachelor of arts in law degree recently surpassed 900 students - 625 of whom are studying in person here in Tucson - and also is being offered online for the first time this fall. 

We launched the degree in 2014 in response to dramatic and ongoing changes in the legal profession. It prepares students for a career in a field where legal knowledge is advantageous but a JD is not required.

Those BA students who do ultimately go to law school are doing well here at Arizona Law and at excellent schools around the country.

Current student Jen Luna says she chose the degree to get a jump start on law school. "The best part [of the classes] is the Socratic method," she says. "You can never really get used to the cold-calling, but you can definitely prepare for it."

Fake news
The topic of "fake news" has dominated the headlines lately, but what exactly counts as fake news, and how can it be stopped? 

Arizona Law professors Jane Bambauer and Derek Bambauer and research fellow Mark Verstraete published a report addressing those questions. 

The report identifies the distinct types of fake news along with the motivations behind them. It also proposes a set of model solutions--legal and otherwise--to reduce production and dissemination of fake news.

"The term 'fake news' has now been used to refer to so many things that it seems to have lost real meaning," says lead author Verstraete. "Our goal is to bring clarity to that problem and prompt discussion about possible solutions. Before we can stop fake news, we have to define it."

Arizona Law in the News
Arizona Public Media, commentary from Immigration Clinic Co-Director Lynn Marcus

New York Times, coverage of Harvard, Northwestern and Georgetown following Arizona Law in using both the GRE and LSAT in admissions

Arizona Daily Star, students cite B.A. in law as one of UA's academic strengths

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