Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Arizona Law?

Our small size of approximately 150 students in each class promotes a spirit of collegiality and allows personalized interaction between students and faculty.

This community spirit is further advanced by our small section program for first-year students, in which each student is assigned to a section of 28 to 30 students. Unlike many law schools, where mandatory first-year classes are no smaller than 50 or 60 students, at Arizona Law, the cornerstone of our education is in a much more intimate setting.

Our Career and Professional Development Office has achieved remarkable success in helping students find employment. In the summer of 2010, 90 percent of the 1L class engaged in real-world summer legal clerkships and internships (paid, volunteer, or for credit), which is one of the highest rates of 1L legal employment in the country.

The Career Office also offers:

  • A 1L mentoring program, in which students are matched with attorneys in Tucson who help them become better acquainted with the legal community in Arizona
  • Career programs especially for 1Ls, where topics may include advice on resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques
  • Access to job fairs specifically designed for 1Ls

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Arizona Law students are encouraged to take a number of elective and required courses that form a core curriculum. The purpose of the core curriculum is to provide students with a fundamental grounding in basic legal principles, theories, and areas that provide the foundation for practice in any area of specialization.

In addition to our core curriculum, we field a number of areas of study that offer students opportunities for in-depth study and exploration in areas of distinctive strength, including:

  • Environmental law
  • Criminal law
  • International and comparative law
  • Indian law
  • Trial advocacy
  • Tax, corporate, and securities law
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Family law 

We offer in-house clinics in family law, immigration law, and indigenous peoples law, in which students have the opportunity to represent actual clients.

Arizona Law students may also participate in the following clinical placement programs:

  • Mortgage Clinic
  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic
  • Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Civil Rights Restoration Clinic
  • Federal Bankruptcy Pro Se Project
  • Judicial Clerking Program
  • Arizona Attorney General Clinic
  • Clinical opportunities with the Navajo, Tohono O'odham, and Pascua Yaqui tribal governments

The College of Law offers the following dual degrees:

  • JD/PhD in Philosophy
  • JD/PhD in Psychology
  • JD/MA and PhD in Economics
  • JD/Masters in Public Administration
  • JD/Masters in Business Administration
  • JD/MA in American Indian Studies
  • JD/MA in Latin American Studies
  • JD/MA in Women's Studies
  • JD/Masters in Public Health
  • JD/MS in Management/Finance

Students have the opportunity to get involved in a number of organizations, including the Student Bar Association (SBA), which is a member of the American Law Student Association, the student affiliate of the American Bar Association.

In addition to the SBA, students at Arizona Law are active in the following student organizations:

  • American Bar Association Law Student Division
  • American Civil Liberties Union; American Constitution Society
  • Asian American Law Students Association
  • Association for Family and Child Advocacy
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • The Federalist Society
  • International Law Society
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Just Democracy
  • La Raza/HNBA
  • Law Women's Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Native American Law Student Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Pride Law Alliance
  • Public Interest Law Organization
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Volunteer Lawyers

Arizona Law is pround to provide an outstanding legal education at a cost lower than private law schools and many public university law schools, particularly those of comparable quality.

The Admissions Committee administers a robust scholarship program that assists students in managing the costs of their legal educations, and all admitted applicants are automatically considered for scholarship support.

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We review applications on a rolling basis, beginning in November and continuing until the class is filled. Offers of admission and of scholarship support are awarded on an on-going basis.

Because those who apply after March 1 will be considered after the majority of admissions offers have been made, we recommend applying early in the admission cycle.

Because we are a land-grant university, serving Arizona residents is critical to our mission. As such, we do maintain a slight preference for state residents when considering applications. 

However, regardless of where applicants live, Admission to Arizona Law is highly selective.

Our over-arching goal is to admit the most qualified and deserving applicants from all applications received.

Ultimately, we admit those students we believe will not only thrive at Arizona Law themselves but also enrich the environment for their peers and succeed in their chosen fields.

It depends on your situation. Most prospective students must take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test). Applicants to the general JD program must submit an LSAT score earned within five years of the expected date of entry into law school. Eligible candidates seeking admission to our Arizona Select Admissions Program (ASAP), to our Advanced JD Program for Non-U.S. Lawyers, or applying through the UA 3+3 Program, need not submit an LSAT score to apply. 

If you are considering applying to Arizona Law, we encourage you to attend one of our Information Sessions, which include a general overview of our school and the admissions process, as well as a group tour.

If you are unable to attend an Information Session or would prefer to schedule a personal visit, please fill out a tour request form or call us at (520) 621-3477.