The University of Arizona

UA Online to Offer Nation's First B.A. in Law

In 2014, the University of Arizona became the first in the nation to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Law program. After recently surpassing 700 students, UA will now expand the groundbreaking program to online students starting this fall. 

UA's B.A. in Law program was created in response to dramatic and ongoing changes in the legal profession driven by technology, globalization and the substitution of services traditionally provided by lawyers.

The program provides foundations in legal reasoning, or how to "think like a lawyer," as well as legal doctrine, legal procedure, and legal writing and research, unlike pre-law, legal studies and criminal justice majors at other universities, or paralegal programs, which focus on legal skills for supporting lawyers. 

To date, 70 students have completed the UA's B.A. in Law program and have went on to become successful paralegals and law professionals. 

According to Marc L. Miller, dean of the UA College of Law, the program is a dramatic innovation that is quickly spreading as a national model for law innovation. In fact, some schools have already reached out to the UA for advice on starting similar programs. 

Alexis Blue covered the growth and success of UA's B.A. in Law program in great detail in UANew's latest article. Be sure to check it out! 

To learn more about UA Online's B.A. in Law program, visit the program's official website