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Taking law school classes as an undergraduate provides a strong foundation for a career in law. Many students have described this practical and popular program as one of the best educational experiences available.

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From finance to social work to government, there is an increasing demand for professionals with legal training in a wide variety of fields. The Bachelor of Arts in Law degree – a first-of-its-kind program available exclusively at the University of Arizona – provides training in critical skills that increase employability across multiple professions. It will teach you to "think like a lawyer" when solving problems and to make clear, logical arguments.

You will receive a core legal education taught by top law school professors in areas such as contracts, criminal and civil procedure, property, torts, and administrative law. Launch your career early with a legal internship, or qualify for an accelerated path to law school. This program offers many opportunities for networking, mentorship, interdisciplinary study, and specializing in a particular area of study or double major to pair with law.

Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Law

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $560
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.

  • LAW 451: Introduction to Public International Law - This course on public international law will introduce subjects including the use of force and allies, terrorism, principal organizations, concepts of sovereignty, treaties, climate change, statehood and territoriality, mitigating world poverty, the bases for jurisdiction, and state responsibility. The course will also explore international human rights, environmental law and economic law.
  • LAW 454: Environmental Law and Policy - This is a foundational course in environmental law and regulatory policy. The course will focus on the concepts underlying approaches to protecting the environment, using the common law and various environmental statutes primarily as examples of the different approaches to environmental protection.
  • POL 309: The Judicial Process – This course will dive into analyzing the structure, function, and processes of the "third branch" of the American government; the judicial system and process.
  • POL 470: Constitutional Law: Federalism - This course focuses on the development and analysis of constitutional law of the U.S.; problems of distribution of powers.
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Skills

Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Law will build core skills, including:

  • high-level research and writing
  • composing legal or policy briefs and papers
  • critical thinking
  • analysis of complex ideas
  • evaluating data
  • persuasion and presentation

The BA in Law curriculum prepares you for a wide variety of careers, both directly with the legal profession and in the many fields involving law, regulation, negotiation, advocacy and risk management.

Although many BA in Law students go on to law school and a career as a lawyer, many other career paths are available. Typical careers that BA in Law graduates pursue include (but are not limited to):

  • legislative and regulatory affairs analysts
  • paralegals and litigation analysts
  • human resources representatives
  • compliance officers
  • federal, state, and local law enforcement officers
  • real estate and business professionals
  • mediators
  • educators
  • public relations officers
  • court personnel
  • probation and parole officers
  • policy analysts
  • non-governmental organization and nonprofit advocates
  • foreign service officers and related personnel
  • legal translators
  • loan officers
  • insurance underwriters and claims adjusters
  • anti-money laundering analysts
  • contract administrators
  • tribal affairs specialists

Skills

Earning your Master of Legal Studies will build core skills, including:

  • critical thinking
  • legal analysis
  • critical thinking
  • general and specialized knowledge of the US legal system
  • research
  • written and oral communication
  • negotiating

University of Arizona Law Master of Legal Studies graduates work in insurance, employee benefits, procurement, contracts administration, compliance, business analysis, public policy, law enforcement, law office support services and many other fields. Alumni have obtained positions with governmental agencies, business organizations, social service providers, educational institutions, nonprofits and international NGOs. Jobs held by recent University of Arizona Master of Legal Studies graduates include:

  • legislative and regulatory affairs analysts
  • adoptions case manager
  • anti-money laundering/bank secrecy act analyst
  • change manager
  • commercial real estate broker
  • community outreach associate
  • compliance analyst
  • contract administrator
  • court administrator
  • environmental policy development manager
  • export control analyst
  • financial aid advisor
  • financial advisor
  • financial crime consultant
  • hipaa officer
  • human resources officer
  • insurance broker
  • probation officer
  • legal analyst
  • legal assistant
  • news director
  • ngo program officer
  • paralegal
  • quality assurance manager
  • risk manager
  • teacher
  • tribal advocate
  • tribal operations specialist, bureau of indian affairs

Dive into a Bachelor of Arts in Law

Graduates of this program know how to think like a lawyer. You will gain a core legal education, including the knowledge and skills to pursue related careers in contracts, criminal and civil procedure, property, torts, and administrative law.

 

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BA in Law

From finance to social work to government, there is an increasing demand for professionals with legal training in a wide variety of fields. The Bachelor of Arts in Law degree — a first-of-its-kind program available exclusively at the University of Arizona — provides training in critical skills that increase employability across multiple professions.

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