Curriculum & Requirements

BA in Law

Supplementing their School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) course of study, law majors are required to take four core law courses, totaling 12 units. Taught by College of Law faculty, these courses expose you to core legal subjects and train you to “think like a lawyer.” You may then choose from a range of law electives and internship opportunities in more specialized areas of the law. 

Curriculum (39 Units)

SGPP Core Curriculum (12 units)

  • POL 201 – American National Government
  • POL 202, 203, 204, 206 or 209 (choose two)
  • SGPP Elective

Law Core Curriculum (12 units)

  • LAW 401 Procedure (civil, criminal, and administrative procedure)
  • LAW 402A The American Common Law System I (torts and contracts)
  • LAW 402B The American Common Law System II (property)
  • LAW 404 The American Public Law System (constitutional and administrative law)

Law Electives (15 units)

See the Law BA Checklist (PDF) for law electives and requirements; check the current catalog for offerings. 

Tribal Courts and Justice Administration Undergraduate Certificate (12 units)

BA students may choose to apply some of their coursework toward a Tribal Courts and Justice Administration Undergraduate Certificate. The certificate is available both to University of Arizona students and to members of the community interested in administering justice in Indian country.

General Degree Requirements

  • Writing Requirement: Students receiving a “B” or better in ENGL 102, 108, or 109H must complete 1 writing emphasis course from the list below with at least a “B”. Students receiving a “C” or worse in ENGL 102, 108, or 109H must complete 2 writing emphasis courses from the Law BA Checklist (PDF) with at least a “B” in one, and at least a “C” in the other. Taking a writing emphasis course pass/fail will not satisfy this requirement.  Courses marked with an * are writing emphasis courses.
  • Major Upper Division: A minimum of 18 units of upper division major coursework is required. 
  • Residency Requirement: A minimum of 18 units of the Law BA coursework must be taken at the University of Arizona.
  • Fee: All students with junior or senior standing and a declared major in Law will be charged a $900/semester differential tuition until they graduate or start law school.

Contact Information

For questions about curriculum, internships, and program events, contact:

Keith Swisher
Professor of Legal Ethics; Director, BA in Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs
James E. Rogers College of Law

For questions about declaring the major, scheduling, and degree requirements, contact:

Academic Advisor for Law
Social Sciences 115B

Updated: 12/01/2017