Qualifying students in Arizona can take the bar exam in February instead of waiting until after graduation.
The February bar and the associated theory-to-practice residency are part of Arizona Law's continuing effort to respond to fundamental changes in the practice of law and to respond creatively to national debates about legal education.
With careful planning, a student who passes the February bar may:
Under the early bar plan, the first semester of the third year does not change. After finals in December, students prepare for the bar in January and February, and take a specially created writing class to assist them with essay practice. After the exam, students spend eight to 10 weeks in an intensive “theory-to-practice” residency, a capstone program that explores practice-oriented topics, including: serving the needs of clients, applied ethics and professionalism, cutting-edge issues in law and policy, the economics of modern legal practice, and issues at the intersection of doctrine and practice.
For those not wishing to take the bar exam in February, the traditional third-year curriculum remains unchanged, with the typical array of courses and experiential opportunities.