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It is an exciting time at Arizona Law, and not just because graduation approaches.  This week, I would like to tell you about an innovative new program.


The College of Law and UA's School of Government and Public Policy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have jointly established a new undergraduate degree -- a BA in law. 


The BA in Law is the first program of its kind in the country. We describe the program below in the news release issued by the University. 


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University of Arizona to Offer Nation's First Bachelor of Arts in Law

Starting in the fall of 2014, the University of Arizona will be the first major research university to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Law.


The new degree is the product of a partnership between the James E. Rogers College of Law and the School of Government and Public Policy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.


"A Juris Doctor is a highly valuable degree and there are roles that only lawyers can serve. But training a broader range of students will serve society, open careers in areas of substantial regulation, respond to changes in technology and the forces of globalization, and invite opportunities for the delivery of new and more accessible legal services" says James E. Rogers College of Law Dean Marc Miller.


After completing core courses at the UA School of Government and Public Policy, students in the interdisciplinary program will be required to take core law courses.  These courses will provide an understanding of subjects such as property, contracts and torts, constitutional law, administrative law, and civil and criminal procedure. These courses will be taught by full-time faculty at the law school and will be designed to train students to "think like a lawyer."


Beyond the required core law courses, students will complete an additional 15 units of law courses and will have the opportunity to specialize in areas such as international law, family law, environmental law, immigration law and business law, among others.


According to John Paul Jones III, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the new B.A. in Law will also present an opportunity for unique double majors.


"A degree in law can be combined with degrees in fields focusing on the environment, health, technology, social justice, business, science, culture and economic development, to name just a few," said Jones. "In addition to adding value to existing degrees, undergraduates interested in the legal professions will be well served by augmenting their law degrees with study in other fields. The long term success for students will be found in the overlaps between areas of study."


A 3+3 program will also be offered and allow academically talented students to complete their Bachelor of Arts in Law, and a Juris Doctor, in as little as six years of study. The 3+3 program will be open to UA law majors with a minimum 3.8 GPA. Students will apply for the program their junior year and, if accepted, take 30 graduate law credits their senior year, as first year law students. They will spend their fifth and six years completing the remaining 58 J.D. units. 


"The new undergraduate law degree, and the expedited path to the J.D. provided by the 3+3, are examples of how law schools can collaborate with other departments to deliver a rich liberal arts education and make legal education accessible to a broader array of individuals," says College of Law Associate Dean Brent White.


"The B.A. in Law will prepare undergraduates for numerous law-related careers for which legal education is beneficial, but for which a J.D. is not required," added White. "It also responds to structural changes we are seeing in the legal profession where some legal work is now being performed by non-lawyers."


Possible careers open to graduates of the program include corporate compliance, city planning, water resources management, tax advising, business management, trade, banking and finance, conflict resolution, healthcare administration, contracts, government, human resources, policy analysis, and legal technology consulting.


"The B.A. in Law fits squarely within the new public affairs education model of the School of Government and Public Policy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences," adds Chad Westerland, associate director of the School of Government and Public Policy. "By combining a rigorous social science education with legal training, graduates from the program will have a unique skill set that will allow them to be highly competent professionals and fully engaged citizens."


Further information on the B.A. in Law is available at:

The editors of Arizona Law Review are pleased to announce the publication of Issue 56.1.

Click here to view the full issue. 

3L students Jacob Zuniga and Daniel Arellano receiving the Rose-n-Berg award at the Arizona Law Publications Awards Banquet

(L to R)Jacob Zuniga, Tim Berg, and Daniel Arellano 

The Honorable Neil Wake, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, visits Arizona Law's Complex Litigation class Tuesday morning to discuss a prison conditions class action he has supervised for the last six years.

2013 winner Will Pew presents the 2014 Fegtly Moot Court Award to this year's winner, Seth Apfel. The Fegtly Moot Court Award goes to the student with the highest combined brief and oral-argument scores from the preliminary rounds of the competition

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Coming soon!


College of Law Commencement Ceremony and Reception

Saturday, May 17  

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Centennial Hall


We are delighted to announce that the graduation speaker will be Judge Andrew Hurwitz of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  


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Arizona Law Day in LA

Arizona Law will be in LA May 29th. Join us for lunch with the Dean and a cocktail reception.


Lunch with the Dean 

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

333 South Grand Ave

54th Floor

RSVP for the lunch here. 


Cocktail Reception in LA

6:00 - 8:00 pm 


7910 West Third Street

Los Angeles, CA 90048

RSVP for the cocktail reception here. 


For more information contact Marissa White at 520-626-8132 or


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SAVE THE DATE - PLAN AHEAD - Centennial Homecoming Weekend

November 7-9, 2014 

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit our Homecoming 2014 website.


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Arizona Law Week in DC

AZ Law will be in DC June 23rd - June 27th    


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As the academic year comes to a close, we are reminded by the announcement of the new undergraduate BA in Law that the College of Law thrives even in weeks-such as this week, during finals-when students are primarily focused on getting the job done. As we turn to the different feel of summer, we look forward to celebrating our soon-to-be graduates and helping them take the next great steps in their career.    







Marc Signature      

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

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