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Arizona Now Campaign Aims to Raise $1.5 Billion

The University of Arizona's largest fundraising campaign in history, Arizona Now, officially launched in April. Arizona Now aims to raise $1.5 Billion over the next several years for the UA. Arizona Law's fundraising effort is $18 million. More information about Arizona Now is available at UA News

Posted: 05/30/2014

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:

Posted: 05/05/2014

14th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition Award-Winners Announced

Four law students received recognition and cash prizes for their lawyering skills in the 14th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition at the University Of Arizona James E. Rogers College Of Law. Student winners of the April 16, 2014, competition were:

  • Heather Goodwin - 1st place ($2,500)
  • Rudy Padilla - 2d place ($1,500)
  • Robson Hauser and Sean Kelly - 3d place ($625 each)

The event is an oral argument competition that emphasizes the presentation of damages evidence in personal injury cases. Student finalists presented mock closing arguments on the issue of how much in damages should be awarded in a civil lawsuit. Judges were Arizona Law alumni Brian Chase, Gloria Torres Mauet, Brian Laird, Joel Feinman, and Joe Ezzo.

The competition is funded by the late Richard Grand, a 1958 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. Grand began his practice in Tucson as a deputy county attorney and, since 1962 his practice has been limited to representing plaintiffs. On more than 100+ occasions he has obtained either a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million. In 1972, he received a jury verdict of $3.5 million, at that time the largest in the United States for a single injury. Wry v. Dial, 18 Ariz. App. 503 (1972).

In 1972 he founded the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 U.S. lawyers who have completed at least 50 personal injury trials and have at least one verdict in excess of $1 million for compensatory damages. In 2002, the University of Arizona Alumni Association Board Of Directors awarded him the University of Arizona’s Professional Achievement Award, making Mr. Grand only the twelfth person to receive this prestigious award.

Richard Grand passed away in April 2013. His generosity to the law school continues through the support of his wife, Marcia Grand, and the Richard Grand Foundation.



Posted: 04/21/2014

Board of Regents Approves Reduction in Arizona Law Nonresident Tuition

As part of a continuing effort to make Arizona Law more accessible, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a reduction in nonresident tuition for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. The approved tuition will now be $29,000, down from $38, 841. This follows a reduction in both resident and nonresident tuition for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. Read more about the nonresident reduction in tuition here.

Posted: 04/04/2014

Arizona Law Career Development Starts Interview Program in Phoenix

Expanding law firm opportunities to connect with Arizona Law students, the Career Development Office (CDO) will host interview sessions with Phoenix firms of all sizes on August 15, 2014. The Phoenix Interview Program augments an active On-Campus Interview Program, as well as regional interview programs in Denver, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque and national interview events in Chicago, Houston, New York, DC, Atlanta, and Miami.

“Arizona Law students are having solid successes in securing employment,” said Assistant Dean for Career Development Karen Kowalski, “and this program is another way to facilitate their job searches, as well as to help firms meet their needs for talented new lawyers. We’re committed to opening more doors for our students, both nationally and here in Arizona.”

The Phoenix Interview Program will be coordinated through CDO’s Phoenix office. Firms interested in interviewing should contact CDO’s Phoenix Director Leah Won at for more information.

Posted: 03/14/2014