The College of Law provides an exceptional legal education, focusing on traditional areas of legal study, as well as providing students with a rich variety of elective offerings. The College of Law curriculum includes a set of required courses, strongly recommended courses, and a variety of problem method courses, seminars and clinical programs. The program is predominantly elective in the second and third years of law study. Click here for a full listing of courses and here for a full listing of our faculty.
Small Section Program
As a first year law student, each student is assigned to a small section course (approximately 25 to 30 students), typically in one of three substantive first year courses: Contracts, Torts or Civil Procedure. The small section serves as an academic and personal hub during the first year. In addition to sharing the experience of a small class setting with fellow small section students, students in each small section usually share the same class schedule. Other classes, usually classes of 50, 75 or 100, are formed by combining two or more small sections.
There are many writing opportunities at the College of Law, including a two-semester Legal Process, Analysis, and Writing course for first year students and a variety of writing seminars opportunities (in classes of no more than 15 students each) in which students will write a substantial original research paper of publishable quality. Students may further refine their writing skills by taking Persuasive Communication or Legal Analysis and Legal Reasoning during their second year, by participating in the second year Fegtly Moot Court Competition, and by enrolling in any of a variety of courses requiring significant writing. Finally, membership on the Arizona Law Review , The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy and the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law provides additional research and writing opportunities.
The Clinics at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law provide law students with the opportunity to obtain practical experiences in law under the guidance and supervision of law faculty and practicing lawyers. Clinical legal education is an integral part of the experience for over 80 percent of our students. The College of Law offers the following clinical programs: Child Advocacy Law Clinic, Domestic Violence Law Clinic, Immigration Law Clinic, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Clinic. Click here for more information about clinical opportunities.
Dual Degree Programs
The College of Law offers nine established dual degree programs: the J.D./Ph.D. in Philosophy, Psychology or Economics; the J.D./M.A. in American Indian Studies; the J.D./M.A. in Latin American Studies; the J.D./M.B.A.; the J.D./Masters in Public Administration; the J.D./M.A. in Women's Studies; and our newest, J.D./M.S. in Management/Finance. Dual degree candidates pursue the first year of the law curriculum and the first year of the graduate curriculum consecutively. After completing the first-year curriculum in both fields, candidates select coursework from both departments with the guidance of their graduate advisors and the College of Law faculty member serving as advisor to the dual degree programs. Dual degree applicants must meet the application deadlines and testing requirements for each program independently. Click here for further information on dual degree programs.