Designed to meet the increasing demand for professionals with legal training in varied career fields, the Bachelor of Arts in Law offers rigorous training for high-performing undergraduates with an interest in law.

Students will receive instruction from College of Law faculty in key foundational areas of the law, such as property, contracts, torts, administrative law, and criminal and civil procedure. The curriculum will provide training in critical skills that are marketable across professions, such as the ability to “think like a lawyer” in solving problems and to make clearly written and logical arguments.

Elective courses will allow students to focus on areas of potential interest as wide-ranging as Native American law, business law, immigration law, family law, health law, international law, and environmental law.

Law majors are highly encouraged to pursue internships in their field of specialization or career interest, which will also count toward major elective requirements.

Upon graduation, students will be well-equipped for direct employment in an increasing number of jobs where legal training is an advantage, or to pursue further legal education. 

The BA in Law also provides the opportunity for an expedited path to law school, allowing qualified law majors to start at the James E. Rogers College of Law after their junior year (the “3+3 Program”).

The BA in Law is a collaboration of the James E. Rogers College of Law and the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP)

 

Career Possibilities

There are numerous careers for which formal legal education is beneficial, but for which a JD is not required. These career opportunities are in all levels of federal and state governments, business and many legal or civically engaged organizations.

Career options include:

Asylum (Immigration) Officer Editor International Trade Specialist Political Advisor
Auditor Employee Benefits Manager Investigator Procurement Analyst
Case Manager Environmental Impact Analyst IRS, FBI, ICE or DEA Agent Public Affairs/Media Specialist
City Planner Environmental Protection Specialist Legal Correspondent Resource Manager
Civil Rights Advocate/Campaigner Financial Adviser Jury Consultant Social Worker
Claims Advisor or Adjustor Foreign Affairs Officer Legal Technology Consultant Tax Advisor
Commercial Developer Health/Medical Administrator Lobbyist Trade Policy Analyst
Compliance Officer Human Resources Specialist Natural Resources Officer Tribal Operations Specialist
Conflict Resolution Specialist Human Rights Officer Paralegal Specialist Victim Advocate/Coordinator
Congressional Staffer Immigration Specialist Ombudsperson UN Young Professional (Human Rights, Political Affairs)
Consumer Safety Officer Indian Self Determination Specialist Patent Examiner Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Contracts Administrator Intellectual Property Research Specialist Politician/Legislator Water Manager/Resource Specialist
Corporate Ethics Officer Intelligence Officer/Analyst Policy Analyst Insurance Agent/Investigator

Internship Opportunities

With prior approval, students may earn academic credit for internships in governmental agencies and other public institutions, where they will receive hands-on training in law-related fields. Up to six units of law-related internship units may be used to fulfill Law elective requirements. 

These organizations typically host internships that qualify for academic credit for the BA in Law major.

  • Pima County Attorney’s Office
  • Tucson City Attorney's Office
  • City of Tucson Intergovernmental Relations
  • U.S. Marshal’s Office
  • CIA
  • FBI
  • U.S. Postal Inspector
  • Pima County Sheriff’s Department
  • Oro Valley and Tucson Police Departments
  • Public Defender’s Office
  • Victim Witness Program
  • International Rescue Committee
  • U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and abroad
  • Congressional Offices (excluding campaign activities)
  • The White House

For a complete list of pre-approved law-related internships, please visit the Law Internship page.

If you would like an internship with an organization that is not pre-approved, please see the BA in Law Policy on Recognizing Internships for Credit (PDF) and inquire with BA in Law Career Strategies Officer Linus Kafka at lkafka@email.arizona.edu.
 

  1. Talk with your academic advisor about how an internship may meet your major requirements.
  2. Research internship opportunities. You can find on this website a list of just some of the internship opportunities that might be available. You can also seek out your own opportunities with law firms, non-profits, government agencies, etc. However, just be sure the work that you are going to do as an intern will be related to the Law Major.  Some examples of such work include: working with lawyers on legal research and writing projects, assisting clients at a non-profit with navigating legal processes, working for a government agency on regulatory matters, working for an elected official researching legislative proposals. Examples of work that would not be related to your Law Major include: working with a political candidate on canvassing for an election or doing menial office tasks such as copying documents.If you have a question about whether an internship will qualify for credit from the Law major, contact lkafka@email.arizona.edu. You may need to provide information about the work you are expected to do in the internship.
  3. Apply for the internship with the “host” organization. The internship you get is usually not offered through the university. It is with a “host”organization outside the university who is providing you with a work experience that will allow you to learn by doing and to receive mentoring and networking opportunities in a professional environment. Each “host” has different criteria for accepting interns different application forms, dates, contact info, prior work and educational experience requirements so you should research these carefully. If you apply to the host for an internship and are accepted, you can move on to the next step.
  4. Fill out the University of Arizona forms to get your internship approved and to get enrolled in the internship class. Once you have been accepted by the host, you will need to coordinate with a representative from that organization who can help you fill out the University of Arizona internship work plan. Currently, for in-person internships, there is also a COVID assessment form that needs to be filled out. Once these forms are filled out, submit them to lkafka@email.arizona.edu. Be clear on your form how many credits of internship you are applying for. You can earn 1 credit of internship credit for every 40-45 hours of law-related work you do for your host organization. You can earn a maximum of 6 credits of internship towards your Law major. It is recommended that you do not enroll in more than 3 credits of internship per semester.  The form can be found here: University of Arizona BA in Law Internship Work Plan
  5. Confirm your enrollment in Law 493. Once you submit your work plan and other necessary forms, if any, you should confirm that you are enrolled in the appropriate Law 493 section (this may take up to 72 hours). Go to your D2L page and check the syllabus for Law 493. You will have several assignments related to your internship to turn in over the course of the semester, but there are no in-person classroom requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. For qualified law majors who want to practice law, the degree also provides an accelerated path to the JD at Arizona Law (the “3+3 Program”).

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 provides undergraduate law students with the core competencies and skills required for law-related work. Required law courses for the BA in Law are taught by College of Law faculty, with both formal legal training and substantial experience teaching law and legal reasoning.

Information about changing your major can be found on the How to Apply page. Students must 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 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.

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.

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.

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 (see above) 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.

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.

Kristen Kiepke is the Academic Advisor for the Bachelor of Law students and her office is located near the main SGPP office, Social Sciences 115B. To make an appointment, call (520) 621-7601 or book an appointment online through https://sbs.arizona.edu/advising/scheduling.php.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Students are encouraged to speak to the Law Academic Advisor about career questions or the MLS Career Counselor. They may also seek advice through the UA Career Services Offices.

Key Contacts

Keith Swisher
Professor of Legal Ethics; Director, BA in Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs
520-626-8373
keithswisher@email.arizona.edu


Mark L.M. Blair
Assistant Director, Master of Legal Studies Program; Undergraduate Law Program
520-626-8575
mlmb@email.arizona.edu


Linus Kafka
Assistant Director, Careers and Outreach, Master of Legal Studies Program; Undergraduate Law Program
520-626-8896
lkafka@email.arizona.edu