On Aug. 29, 2016, the University of Arizona welcomed its second class at its location in Qingdao, China. This year’s entering class at UA-Qingdao included 97 new students, bringing the total number of students at the location to 174. Students at UA-Qingdao, located on the campus of the Ocean University of China (OUC), earn undergraduate law degrees from both OUC and UA in four years, entirely in residence in China.
“As UA-Qingdao enters its second year, we are delighted by the positive response of current students and the growing interest in the program among students who see the advantage in a globalized legal market of receiving a high-quality U.S. legal education along with their training in Chinese law,” said Brent White, vice provost for international education.
In fall 2014, UA became the first U.S. university to offer a bachelor of arts in law domestically through a partnership with the James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy. The degree program now has more than 435 students in Tucson, all of whom are eligible to spend up to one year studying law at OUC. The students at Ocean University have the option of spending up to two years in Tucson while obtaining the B.A. in law. Together with the OUC students, more than 600 students are currently pursuing undergraduate law degrees from the University of Arizona.
“The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its School of Government and Public Policy are pleased to join with the UA’s College of Law in offering this unique opportunity to Ocean University’s students,” said John Paul Jones III, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “I am excited to help welcome such a large and strong class of new students this year, and I want to extend to all of the new enrollees an invitation to come to Tucson to visit and—hopefully—to take classes.”
Law dean Marc L. Miller noted that “the University of Arizona College of Law is committed to strategic innovation that benefits U.S. and global legal education. The globalization of our student body here in Tucson, the creation of the B.A. in law, and the collaboration with our distinguished partner Ocean University in the beautiful city of Qingdao are illustrations of that innovative spirit.”
About the University of Arizona
The university’s bachelor of arts in law is the only degree of its kind in the U.S. and is offered through a joint partnership between the James E. Rogers College of Law and the School of Government and Public Policy.
About Ocean University
Ocean University of China is a comprehensive research university with 17 colleges and more than 45,000 students, including those at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and continuing education levels.