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UA first in country to offer undergrad major in Law

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

University of Arizona students are the first in the country to have a chance to work toward a law degree in their undergraduate years.

The university's James E. Rogers College of Law and the School of Government and Public Policy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are teaming up to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Law.

The major requires students to complete core courses through the School of Government and Public Policy, then take core law courses in areas of property, contracts and torts, constitutional law, administrative law and civil and criminal procedure. The courses will be taught by law school professors, according to university officials.

Following the core classes, students are required to take an additional 15 units of law courses, specializing in international law, family law, environmental law, immigration law or business law.

Marc Miller, the dean of the College of Law, stated in a news release: "Training a broader range of students will serve society, open careers in areas of substantial regulation, respond to changes in technology and the forces of globalization, and invite opportunities for the delivery of new and more accessible legal services."

UA law majors with a minimum GPA of 3.8 can apply for the 3+3 program that lets students complete their B.A. in Law and a Juris Doctor in a minimum of six years. Students can apply their junior year. Those who are accepted would take 30 graduate law courses their senior year, as first-year law students, according to a news release. They would complete the remaining 58 J.D. units in their fifth and six years.

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