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Juris Doctor (JD)


For 100 years, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law—Arizona Law—has graduated lawyers who have become leaders in law practice, government, public interest, and business. We are accredited by the American Bar Association and offer a rigorous and challenging curriculum with an emphasis on experiential learning and exceptional employment outcomes

Our core program is a three-year course of study towards the Juris Doctor degree (JD). You will receive intensive and individualized support in small sections for core courses and in your research and skills classes. More than 90 percent of law classes have fewer than 25 students, making your classes highly interactive and your professors readily accessible.

Your legal education will teach you to "think like a lawyer," honing your analytical skills, developing better critital thinking, and acquiring the professional skills you need no matter where your education takes you. University of Arizona Law offers a mix of qualities no other school can match: a small, top-ranked program in the heart of a nationally accalimed university, exceptional employment outcomes, and the most global JD program in the country.

Like at other law schools, much of the first-year curriculum is required. In your second and third years you can select from a wide range of courses, seminars, clinics, internships and externships. With careful planning, you may also pursue a dual degree and interdisciplinary study with the vast offerings of the University of Arizona, a premier research institution and the state's only member of the esteemed Association of American Universities.

Required First Year Courses

Constitutional Law I
Criminal Procedure
Introduction to Legal and Civil Procedure
Introduction to Legal Research
Legal Process, Analysis, and Writing


Required Second or Third Year Courses

After completion of the first year, the remaining curricullum is almost entirey elective, with only four specific course requirements: Evidence, a Legal Profession course, a professional skills course, and the completion of the Substantial Paper Requirement.

Legal Profession
Substantial Paper Seminar

Second and Third Year Elective Courses

The remainder of the curricullum is wholly elective. Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of course offerings in a variety of subject matter areas. Elective offerings change from year to year depending on a variety of factors including developments in the law, society, and the legal profession, as well as changes in the composition of the faculty and visiting faculty. Below is a link to view a list of electives that have been offered.



Expected Learning Outcomes: 

1. Be able to engage in sophisticated legal research and analysis, including analogical reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, and policy analysis.

2. Know and understand the substantive and procedural law in the required curriculum and in area(s), if any, in which the student has elected to focus his or her legal studies.
3. Be able to communicate clearly, cogently, and strategically in both written and oral expression, with particular focus on the legal context.
4. Understand and be ready to exercise the ethical and professional responsibilities owed by attorneys to clients and the legal system.
5. Demonstrate competence in a variety of professional skills—including communicating professionally, developing facts, managing time, and solving problems—that are needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.

Assessment Activities: 
A variety of assessment activities are utilized to assess whether our students are meeting the provided learning outcomes.
Bar Examination
Pre-Bar Diagnostic
Midterm examinations
Monitoring of student employment placement after graduation.
Course Evaluations
Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)


Assessment Findings: 

Assessment activities will be implemented in the Fall 2017.

Updated date: Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:49