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 our Careers 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.
How can I be admitted to the major?
Students may be admitted to the law major when they apply for admission to the University of Arizona. Before beginning Law core courses, students must receive at least a 3.0 GPA in four out of the five SGPP core classes. The remaining SGPP class may be taking concurrently or after starting the Law core. Continuing students in good academic standing may declare the major by completing the online major information session, which are available at select times during the academic year. Please refer to the Declaring the Major page for more information.
How do I change my major to Law?
Information about changing your major can be found on the Declaring the Major page. Students have to view the online information session and then submit the Online Change of Major form at the end of session. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Elizabeth Santander, the Academic Advisor for Law, to ensure that they meet all degree requirements in time for graduation. To make an appointment, call (520) 621-7601 or book an appointment online through https://sbs.arizona.edu/advising/scheduling.php.
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.
I am a senior. Can I switch to the Law major and still graduate on time?
With proper planning, seniors with two academic semesters remaining before graduation may still have sufficient time to meet Law BA degree requirements if they are currently pursuing other SGPP majors. Interested seniors should speak to the Academic Advisor for Law about a checklist and degree plan as soon as possible.
Can I double major in Law and another major?
Students are welcome to seek double majors, both within SGPP and in other departments. Students are encouraged to speak with the Academic Advisor for Law with regards to declaring double majors to ensure that all course requirements are met. Students outside of SGPP should first speak to their home department Academic Advisor.
What are the program fees for the BA in Law?
Students are assessed a $900 per semester program fee for each semester they are declared in the major, beginning once they have completed 60 units. These fees are used to defray the costs of the dedicated law faculty, teaching fellows, facilities and administration of the undergraduate law program and curriculum.
Who is my Academic Advisor?
Elizabeth Santander is the Academic Advisor for the Bachelor of Law students and her office is located near the main SGPP office, Social Sciences 322C. To make an appointment, call (520) 621-7601 or book an appointment online through https://sbs.arizona.edu/advising/scheduling.php.
What are the degree requirements?
Four-Year Sample Degree Plans are available for Law BA students and 3+3 BA/JD program candidates. Specific questions regarding course work can be directed to the Law Academic Advisor, Elizabeth Santander.
Can law majors use the James E. Rogers College of Law library?
The Law Library exists primarily to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. However, the library collection is available to law majors with a legitimate legal research need. Some library resources, such as the computer lab, digital materials, audio/visual materials and study rooms are available only to current law students. Books for undergraduate law courses will be available in the reference section at the University of Arizona’s Main Library, along with other legal reference materials.
Are there recommended minors to declare with this major?
Students are encouraged to follow their interests in seeking a minor to complement the BA in Law. Sociology, psychology, environmental policy, global studies and many other areas of study would be beneficial to a graduate with a BA in Law. Students should speak to the Academic Advisor for Law when deciding on their minor. Double majors are not required to pursue a minor.
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.
Who can I talk to about BA Law careers?
Students are encouraged to speak to the Law Academic Advisor (Elizabeth Santander) firstname.lastname@example.org about career questions. They may also seek advice through the UA Career Services Offices.