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The University of Arizona (James E. Rogers College of Law)

The College of Law is a close-knit community of educators and students who share the common goal of advancing justice. The College is comprised of about 480 students, 32 full-time faculty, and a faculty to student ratio of one full time faculty member to 13 students. The faculty are brilliant, dedicated teachers and accomplished scholars. Our students bring great academic and personal strengths to the College and are unique in the breadth and depth of their talents, interests and involvements. We are guided in all actions by our core values—justice, professional integrity, public leadership and community service. At Arizona, faculty and staff are dedicated to the education, growth, development and futures of our students. We are committed to excellence and access. We strive to keep our tuition competitive and we have a generous program of financial assistance that provides over $2 million in need- and merit-based scholarships annually. Our students benefit from an education that opens up a lifetime of opportunities, without the significant debt burden that constrains the career choices of graduates of so many law schools. The College of Law at the University of Arizona is a nationally prominent law school that has developed an outstanding academic program to prepare lawyers for leadership and service throughout the State, the country and internationally. We have created a close-knit community of scholars, educators and students who seek to advance justice. Our core values— justice, professional integrity, public leadership and community service—inform all of our programs, activities and decisions. The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law is part of one of the world’s premier research universities and we are located in Tucson, a vibrant Southwestern city that straddles multiple cultural and national borders. We are dedicated to first-rate teaching, research and service to the public and the legal profession. We strive to create an educational environment that challenges, nourishes and embraces each student. We are small by choice. Our size— approximately 150 students in each entering class and a total student body of about 480—and varied curriculum permit small classes and close interaction between students and faculty. Our spirit of collegiality promotes an environment of collaboration among students. We emphasize demanding coursework, critical analysis, excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as a strong sense of professional ethics and responsibility. Students develop their legal research and writing skills and cultivate an understanding of a substantial body of law through a wide array of courses, and learn how law is used in practice via exceptional clinical, trial advocacy and career services programs. The College offers the opportunity to pursue a broad-based general legal education and to focus in depth in several areas of law. Expanding and encouraging our students’ visions of their talents, opportunities and potential is central to our educational goals. We are a public school that recognizes that law is a public profession. We seek to prepare lawyers with skills and knowledge for a lifelong ability to practice in a multicultural society and global environment and for leadership positions locally, nationally and internationally in the 21st century. At Arizona, we are proud of both our faculty and our students. Our full-time faculty includes 32 outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations for excellence. They are the authors of major texts; they write extensively in the law reviews, and participate widely in the academic and professional communities nationally and internationally. Before teaching, they had exemplary academic preparation and had varied and significant experiences in the law, from national public interest organizations to Wall Street to international legal development work, from large international law firms to the United States Justice Department and clerkships in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Our students bring outstanding academic backgrounds, unique work experiences, diverse cultural perspectives and great humanity to the law school experience. Our students represent over 170 different undergraduate and graduate institutions, almost 40 states and several foreign countries, and a rich array of interests and experiences—internationally, from Peace Corps service, military combat, human rights and international business work to domestically, from Teach for America service and law enforcement work to journalism and entrepreneurship. The strength of the University of Arizona’s many departments and offerings campus-wide encourages interdisciplinary work and collaboration. At Arizona, we transcend traditional academic boundaries to foster cross-disciplinary dialog that brings vexing societal issues into better focus. Through the Rogers Program in Law in Society, the College of Law collaborates with Arizona’s nationally acclaimed Departments of Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology to offer interdisciplinary coursework for students, colloquium series on public policy issues, national conferences on important multi-disciplinary topics, and promote faculty and student research collaborations to explore new ways of addressing problems. The academic environment is strengthened further by numerous endowed lectures and our Sabbatical Visitors Program, which brings leading teachers and scholars from other outstanding law schools to join us, typically for a semester. The main law building, completed in 1979 and expanded and renovated in school year 1996- 97, is a modern facility housing faculty and administrative offices, class and seminar rooms, a student lounge and offices, a large library, and two courtrooms frequently used for trials and appellate arguments and for traditional student instruction. The building is functional and attractive, and contains a teleconferencing classroom, a student computer lab and a computer-equipped courtroom. The College of Law is fully wheelchair accessible and adapted for the visually impaired. The Rountree Building, renovated in 2004 and dedicated in 2005 in honor of Arizona graduate George Rountree III, houses the clinical programs operated by the College of Law—the Domestic Violence Clinic, the Child Advocacy Clinic, the Immigration Law Clinic, and the Indigenous Peoples Law Clinic and the graduate programs in International Trade Law and Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy. Perhaps nowhere in the College has technology had a greater impact on the way we train law students than in the law library. Increasingly, the legal information sources lawyers rely upon are in a digital format. The Law Library owns or subscribes to a wide array of online databases and digital libraries. In addition, the College of Law community has access to a variety of interdisciplinary databases available through the University Library. Law librarians monitor emerging digital services and secure access in response to student and faculty needs. The College of Law Library is a fully networked, technologically sophisticated facility that is constantly evolving. The student computer lab in the library contains networked computers allowing for easy access to a full range of digital information. Email, computerized legal research services, the Internet and electronic reserve materials are available not only through the computer lab, but also at public area work stations and through laptop ports located throughout the law library, and through a wireless network available in the library and throughout the College of Law. Various software applications, ranging from word processing and spreadsheets to presentation programs are available to students in the lab. Learning software in a range of law school subjects developed or distributed by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), a consortium of over 180 law schools, including the College of Law, is available in the laboratory. Both WESTLAW and LEXIS maintain a presence in the laboratory and students are trained in electronic legal research. The library also maintains a comprehensive print collection. The Law Library contains over 425,000 volumes and microform volume equivalents. In addition to a strong Anglo-American collection, the library has nationally recognized collections in Mexican, Latin American, Native American and Water Law. The University’s National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade has a formal relationship with the College of Law Library. The Law Library receives all publications of the Center and has access to the Center’s Latin American legal database. The library is also a selective depository of United States Government documents. The University of Arizona Rogers College of Law is vibrant and student-centered. The students of the College of Law join the College to learn a new field and achieve a profession. They also share their talents, skills, interests, goals, stories and lives, enriching each other and the institution. The rigorous nature of the academic experience at the College of Law is balanced by an informal and friendly social atmosphere. Law school is a time for intellectual challenge and personal growth. Marriages, friendships and professional relationships are all formed and nourished in law school. From hiking and biking in the mountain areas surrounding the city to organizing holiday gift drives for children and running for political office, law students play an active role in the Tucson community. Students at the Rogers College of Law play an integral part in the governance of the College. Students participate as full voting members on most committees, including the Admissions, Executive, Curriculum and Faculty Appointments committees. In addition, student organizations sponsor a variety of programs and activities aimed at enriching student life. The Collge of Law provides an exceptional general legal education, focusing on traditional areas of legal study, as well as providing students with a rich variety of elective offerings. The College of Law curriculum includes a set of required courses, strongly recommended courses, and a variety of problem method courses, seminars and clinical programs. The program is predominantly elective in the second and third years of law study. The College strives to introduce students to ways of thinking, approaching problems, researching, and formulating ideas that will be effective in any legal context. The content of laws changes, as do the fields that any given lawyer may work in over the course of a legal career. But the skills of analysis, writing, thinking, communicating, and research, which are important to a lawyer throughout any legal career, are developed and nurtured across the curriculum at the College of Law. The heart of a student’s first year at the College of Law is the small section program. In the first semester of the first year, each student is assigned to a small section (approximately 25 students), typically in one of three substantive first-year courses: Contracts, Torts or Civil Procedure. Full-time faculty also supervise practice “labs” in the small sections as an integral part of the substantive first-year course. The writing and other assignments in the labs generally relate to the substantive material being studied in class; they are created, reviewed and critiqued by the professor. The small section serves as an academic and personal hub during the first year. In addition to sharing the experience of a small class setting with fellow small section members, students in each small section usually share the same class schedule. Other classes, usually classes of 50, 75 or 100, are formed by combining two or more small sections. The benefits of the small section include the opportunity to develop close relationships with a group of fellow students and the small section faculty member. In turn, the benefits of the interactions in the small section carry over to the larger first-year classes as well. Students forge friendships in a small section that flourish long after graduation from law school. Interactions with one’s small section professor also often extend beyond the first semester of law school, because of the shared academic experience and individualized attention offered in the practice labs, which are an integral part of the small section experience. In the second semester of the first year, students enroll in a graded three-unit Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research course that provides a comprehensive foundation in legal analysis, writing and research skills. This course is structured around the small section as well, typically with an enrollment of 12 to 13 students, and requires students to draft an office memorandum analyzing legal issues and two trial motions. All written assignments are individually critiqued by section instructors and students present two oral arguments. In addition, before graduation, each student must complete a substantial paper, which is an original research paper of publishable quality. Substantial papers are written in writing seminars of no more than 15 students, under the supervision of a faculty member. The College provides diverse seminar offerings for the completion of the substantial paper requirement. The Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research course and the substantial paper seminars constitute the required writing program. Students may further refine their writing skills by taking Persuasive Communication during their second year, by participating in the second year Fegtly Moot Court Competition, and by enrolling in any of a variety of seminars and courses requiring significant writing. Finally, membership on the Arizona Law Review and the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law and participation in various writing competitions provide additional research and writing opportunities. The College of Law faculty strongly recommends that each student take a number of elective and required courses, designated as the Core Curriculum, in the second and third year (see chart on page 17). The purpose of the Core Curriculum recommendations is to provide students explicit guidance for planning their studies in preparation for the practice of law in any of a wide variety of areas. The core curriculum continues the fundamental grounding in basic legal principles, theories, and areas that should provide the foundation for practice in any area of specialization, giving the graduating law student and new lawyer a breadth of perspective from which to develop more specialized areas of expertise. Clinical programs offer students the opportunity for practical experiences in law under the guidance and supervision of law faculty and practicing lawyers. Clinical legal education is an integral part of the experience for a substantial number of our students. Through the clinical programs, students gain hands-on experiences working with clients, attorneys and judges. The clinical programs allow second- and third-year students to participate in such activities as drafting opinions for judges, representing clients in court, conducting in-take interviews, and negotiating cases. Through the leadership and participation of several faculty, the College has developed a strong and diverse clinical program. The College of Law currently operates four in-house legal clinics in Child Advocacy, Domestic Violence, Immigration, and Indigenous Peoples Law, and sponsors several programs involving placements with lawyers in the public sector and trial court judges. The College of Law-operated clinics provide students with unique opportunities to learn about the practice of law while they are serving clients in need of legal services. The Indigenous Peoples Law Clinic has been described on page 16. The Child Advocacy Clinic primarily represents children in juvenile court actions that could result in removal of the child from his or her parents and placement in foster care, or in the severance of the parent-child relationship. In the Domestic Violence Law Clinic, students represent victims of violence in obtaining protection orders against their abusers and assisting the clients in both the civil and criminal contexts. Through the Immigration Law Clinic, students represent people undergoing deportation proceedings. Typically, clients have defenses to deportation, including U.S. citizenship, political asylum and humanitarian waivers for long-term residents. In addition to the College’s four inhouse clinics, the College offers an active Clinical Placement Program, in which students work on cases under the supervision of licensed attorneys practicing in government agencies or non-profit organizations. Clinical placement opportunities are available in both the Public Defender’s and the Prosecutor’s offices. Finally, the Judicial Clerking Program gives secondor third-year law students the unique experience of working closely with trial court judges on the federal, state or city court levels. Throughout our clinical programs, students are able not only to learn the techniques of effective legal practice, but also to step back and reflect upon the philosophical and moral assumptions underlying such techniques. Students participating in clinical programs generally meet weekly in the classroom to observe and practice lawyering skills, to discuss issues raised in the field, and to analyze their “law practice” experiences. The course of study leading to the Juris Doctor degree is designed to be completed in six semesters of study, or their equivalent, in residence at an accredited law school. The College requires that students enroll in the prescribed first-year curriculum of thirty units and a minimum of thirteen units per semester during the second and third years of law school. After consultation with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, single parents or students with extraordinary circumstances may take a reduced load each semester of their first year.

School name:The University of ArizonaJames E. Rogers College of Law
Address:P.O. Box 210176
Zip & city:AZ 85721-0176 Arizona
Phone:(520) 621-1373

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