Founded in 1915, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is one of the world’s leading law schools. We have a 100-year history of graduating successful lawyers, and now we are shaping the next century of legal education.
Like the rugged Tucson landscape that surrounds our campus, we’re built to take on challenges. We’re rooted in tradition, but not bound by convention. We value diversity of thought, background, experience, and culture in every dimension of the law school experience.
Arizona Law is the only law school where you can earn a degree at any stage of your education, from undergraduate through doctoral. We provide more access to law school—and pathways into the law—than any school in the world.
|Director of admissions||Cary Lee Cluck|
|Application deadline||July 15|
|Approximate number of applications||1392|
|Tuition and fees Full-time:||$25,525 per year (in-state)
$30,025 per year (out-of-state)
|Room and board||$11,500|
First-Year Class Ranking
The first-year class shall not be ranked until the end of the academic year. Advanced-admissions students are ranked with the students they take first-year classes with.
Second and Third-Year Class Ranking
The second- and third-year classes shall be ranked at the end of each semester. No new rankings are calculated following the summer or winter semesters. Students may be added or removed from a particular class ranking under special circumstances (such as students pursuing a dual-degree, transfers, or leaves of absence). Advanced admissions students who graduate in two years remain in the rankings for the purpose of ranking the three-year students that they entered law school with.
The College of Law employs the following letter grading system:
The following rules apply with respect to class grade distributions at the Law College:
JD graduates of the College of Law that rank within the highest 25 percent of the grade point averages for those in a graduation class (a graduation class consists of the current year’s May graduates and the previous year’s August and December graduates) may be awarded degrees with honors. Only in the event that two or more graduates may have identical grade point averages that produce ties in rankings, more than 25 percent of those in the graduating class may be awarded degrees with honors.
|Order of the Coif||The College of Law is one of a select number of law schools holding membership in this prestigious national order. The faculty of the College of Law, in its discretion, awards this honor to JD graduates who are within the top 10 percent of the graduating class and who have completed at least 66 graded College of Law units.|
|summa cum laude||Highest Distinction||Top 7% of the class|
|magna cum laude||High Distinction||Next 7% of the class|
|cum laude||Distinction||Next 11% of the class|
|Dean’s List||A student who enrolls for and completes a minimum of 10 graded units of law credit in any semester and who receives at least a 3.30 average for that semester shall be placed on the Dean’s List.|
|Ralph W. Aigler||Outstanding graduating student|
|Order of the Barrister||Top 8-10 students from 2nd year moot court|
|Dean's List||10 graded units a semester with 3.30+ GPA|
|Grand Legal Writing Competition||Juried competition|
|Fegtly Moot Court Competition||Juried competition|
|Grand Damages Argument Competition||Juried competition|
|Ares Fellow||Selected by 1st year small section professors|
|Birmingham Trial Advocacy Award||Graduating student w/outstanding ability in trial advocacy|
|E. Herbert Herlihy Merit Award||Must be US citizen and must carry a full course load 3L year|
|W. George Herlihy Merit Award||3L student who achieved the highest academic ranking after 2|
|Rose Davis Public Service Award||Best demonstrates an awareness of the attorney's continuing|
|Dannie Lee Chandler Memorial Award||Special Contribution to the advancement of First Amendment v|
|Darrow K Soll Memorial Award||Demonstrates passion for criminal defense law.|
|Andrew Silverman Community Service Award||Outstanding contributions and inspired others - community|
|Roger C Henderson Distinguished Graduating Senior||Greatest contribution to College|
|Joseph M. Livermore Service Award||Greatest service to College|
|ALI ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award||Best represents combination of scholarship & leadership|
Law school publications contribute to legal scholarship and explore new areas of research in the theory and practice of law.
Student editorial boards work under the direction of student and faculty leadership to publish regular volumes, which can include notes or articles from scholars nationwide, jurists, and students whose writing and research reflects professional and scholarly quality. Editorial boards are selected every spring in a competitive process with established selection criteria.
Arizona Law's student-run journals allow many students to gain highly valued skills, as they learn to research, write, and edit as well as manage the publication's business operations.
Founded in 1959, the Arizona Law Review is a general-interest academic legal journal. The Review is edited and published quarterly by students of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.
The Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (AJICIL) is an internationally distributed semi-annual publication dedicated to quality legal scholarship. AJICL publishes articles on a wide variety of international and comparative law topics with the goal of providing a forum for debate on current issues affecting international legal development. In addition to two annual issues, AJICL is also committed to publishing symposia that highlight international legal developments and emerging areas of international law.
The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy (AJELP) is an interdisciplinary online publication that examines environmental issues from legal, scientific, economic, and public policy perspectives. The student-run journal publishes articles on a rolling basis, providing timely legal and policy updates of interest to the environmental community.
The Arizona Law Journal of Emerging Technologies (AZLawJET) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary journal partnering the College of Law with the UA science and engineering departments, business schools and others. Together, members from these departments guide legal scholarship in response to the challenges and opportunities presented by advancing technologies. In order to do this, AZLawJET publishes annual editions of extensive findings and legal reasoning in addition to rolling publications regarding the latest technological developments and ideas.
Law students are introduced to oral and written appellate advocacy in the Moot Court programs. Each spring, second-year students can enroll in the second-year Moot Court competition, known as the Samuel M. Fegtly Moot Court Competition. LAW 653A, Advanced Legal Writing and Introduction to Appellate Advocacy, is a prerequisite to Fegtly Moot Court, Jessup Moot Court, and Pace Environmental Moot Court. Editing assistance and practice oral arguments are provided by the Moot Court Board (third-year students who excelled in the second-year competition the previous year). Each student writes a brief and argues before local attorneys, judges, faculty members, and members of the Moot Court Board. The briefs and preliminary oral rounds are scored, with the students scoring highest moving to the semifinals and finals. The finals are usually judged by a panel consisting of outstanding judges and practitioners. Past judges in the competition have included judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and the Arizona Superior Court.
Third-year students are allowed to participate in Moot Court but are not eligible for honors awarded in the Fegtly competition. The second-year finalists in the Fegtly competition are eligible in their third year to be members of the national Moot Court Team and the Moot Court Board. The national team represents the College of Law in the national competition held each spring by the American Bar Association. The two- or three-person teams write briefs and argue in the regional competition against teams from other schools, with winners of the regional competition advancing to the finals. The members of the Moot Court Board supervise the second year competition, administer the competition, edit briefs, select judges, and judge practice rounds. Unit credit is available for the national team and for Moot Court Board work.
Qualified, selected students may participate in either the National Moot Court Competition or the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition for 2 units. However, students may not participate in either competition more than once. Further, students will not be permitted to participate in both the National Competition and the Jessup Competition.
Real-client experience is a critical part of your legal education. So critical that we guarantee that every student wanting a clinic placement can have one.
In our "in-house" clinics, students work under the supervision of faculty attorneys or veteran practitioners on actual cases, public policy initiatives, or other projects that have significant client impact. Other clinical opportunities are offered by community partners such as the nationally recognized Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP). Finally, students involve alumni and other lawyers in the community to create student-run clinics.
In-House and Community Clinics
Starting Salaries (2015 Graduates Employed Full-Time)
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$80,000 - $100,000|
|Median in the private sector||$100,000|
|Median in public service||N/A|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||29.9%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||69.4%|
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||8.5%|
|Public Interest Organizations||16.2%|
An externship is the placement of a student in a law office off-campus where the student studies law practice in action under the oversight of an on-site field supervisor and a law faculty member. The Law College provides academic credit to students studying law through a variety of externship placements. These externships can usefully be grouped into “Permanent Externships,” “Ad Hoc Externships” (including placements in government, non-profit, corporate and for-profit legal offices) and “Post Feb Bar Externships.” The following describes each of these externship opportunities and how students may enroll in them.
Permanent externships have been approved as individual courses and have the same faculty and field supervisors each semester. Each permanent externship has its own course number, listing and description that do not change. Permanent externships have the prefix LAW 693 and are assigned a section number.
AD HOC Externships
Students may initiate their own field placement or apply for an existing “ad hoc” externship which refers to any non-permanent externship. Ad hoc externships all have the same course number 693 §3. All ad hoc externships must be pre-approved by the faculty and field supervisors and the Curriculum Committee. Students must fill out an ad hoc externship form and submit to the Externship Coordinator who will review and forward to the Curriculum Committee for approval. There are separate forms for Corporate & For-Profit and Government & Non-Profit. Please ensure you submit the appropriate form.
Post Feb Bar Externships
Post February bar externships are available to both Feb bar takers and non-Feb bar 2L and 3Ls. Feb bar externship placements do not need to be pre-approved unless they are student initiated ad hoc placements. Students taking Feb Bar externships must enroll in 698C for the 8 week period post bar.
Legislative And Executive Externships
The Law College currently offers two types of legislative externships - (1) externships offered in the Arizona Legislature each spring semester and (2) externships that a student might procure on his/her own in a state or federal legislative office.
List Of Externships