One of the stories we missed in the lead-up to the holiday season was the announcement that the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has created the North American Law Degree program. According to the law school website:
ASU’s North American Law Degree will include:
- A comprehensive curriculum in Canadian law
- A three-year program that seeks to fulfill all substantive J.D. bar requirements in common-law Canada and the U.S.
- The ability for third-year students to take the Arizona bar exam in their final semester and focus on the licensure process in Canada immediately after graduation
- Unparalleled experiential learning opportunities through clinics and externships
- A J.D. from one of North America’s most respected law schools
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law occupies spot #26 in the U.S. News best law schools rankings.
This is interesting because it represents a widening of competition for Canadians within the legal education market. Whether it will draw any students south who might otherwise have gone to Canadian law schools is unclear; and it still remains, so far as I know, that graduates from this program would have to satisfy National Committee on Accreditation requirement before gaining admission to a Canadian bar.
I can see that some students would be tempted by the climate — although I note that today, as it happens, the temperature in Tempe and that in Toronto are identical at -1C. (It is the case that in Tempe that will rise to 20C later in the week.) On that score, “snoweagles” might pay attention to the acute nature of climate change in Arizona.
One beef: my “North America” includes Mexico, which, last time I looked, shares a border with Arizona. A “NAFTA” degree . . . now that would be interesting.
[Note: this post was corrected 2013-01-15 4:59:46 PM to state accurately the name of the university in which the College of Law is located.]