Frequently Asked Questions for the BA in Law
Why an undergraduate degree in Law?
An undergraduate degree in law provides a cost-effective route to legal training for the vast array of careers for which knowledge of the law is necessary but for which it is not necessary to be a lawyer. Undergraduate training in law will also open careers in areas of substantial regulation and where there are opportunities for non-lawyers to deliver new services. See information on Career Possibilities at this page for a more in depth explanation of potential careers. For qualified law majors who want to practice law, the degree also provides an accelerated path to the JD at the James E. Rogers College of Law (the “3+3 Program”).
How is this degree different than a legal studies or pre-law degree?
The BA in Law differs markedly from existing ‘legal studies’ programs at other universities, which tend to approach the law not as a separate discipline but rather as a subset of another discipline in the humanities or social sciences. Legal studies programs are also primarily taught by faculty who do not possess law degrees or formal legal training. The BA in Law approaches law as a separate intellectual discipline, and teaches legal reasoning and substantive law with systematic rigor. Unlike legal studies and pre-law programs, the BA in Law will provide undergraduate law students with the core competencies and skills required for law-related work. Required law courses for the BA in Law will also be taught by College of Law faculty with both formal legal training and substantial experience teaching law and legal reasoning.
Will this help me get into law school?
The BA in Law is a degree intended to offer a legal background to students who wish to pursue a law-related career for which legal training is helpful but for which a JD is not required. Admission to law school is a multidimensional process not dependent on one’s undergraduate major. But an undergraduate degree in law will provide useful training for those who wish to continue their legal education in law school. Moreover, Law BA students admitted to the James E. Rogers College of Law through the 3+3 program can earn their BA and JD in less time.
Who is my Academic Advisor?
Kristen Kiepke is the Academic Advisor for the Bachelor of Law students and her office is located near the main SGPP office, Social Sciences 322A. To make an appointment, call (520) 621-7601 or book an appointment online through https://sbs.arizona.edu/advising/scheduling.php.
Can I declare the SGPP minor with the LAW major?
Students who major in one of the SGPP degrees may not minor within SGPP, but are encouraged to seek minors in areas of interest from other departments.
What is the 3+3 program?
The 3+3 Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor program enables qualified University of Arizona undergraduates to complete their BA in Law and JD in as few as six years of study. If accepted, 3+3 students begin law school following their junior year and earn 27 upper division law credits that will count towards both their Law BA and JD degrees. This accelerated program is open to University of Arizona undergraduates majoring in law with a minimum 3.3 GPA on completion of their junior year. See more information plus a "Sample 4 Year Plan" and "3+3 Checklist Here".
What is the Accelerated MLS Program?
The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) is a one-year degree program designed to enhance the effectiveness of a broad spectrum of professionals whose work involves regulations, negotiations, or working with laawyers or legal issues. Qualified students have the opportunity to pursue an Accelerated track to an MLS in as little as one additional Semester. Students may apply once they have completed 75 undergraduate hours and may start taking 500 level courses once they have completed 90 hours. Students must meet all University Accelerated Master's Program Admission Requirements, including a minimum 3.3 GPA and 90 completed units in order to be considered.