TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona is now offering students in China a chance to earn a dual degree in law, exposing them to the quality and breadth of legal education offered to students here in the U.S. and addressing the increasing globalization of legal practice.
The UA received accreditation to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Law in Qingdao, China.
The dual degree program would be offered through Ocean University of China. It's the first joint U.S.-China program in law available fully in residence in China, according to a press release.
The program will allow Chinese students to earn undergraduate law degrees from both universities in four years. It introduces students in China to the same U.S. law courses and legal training as UA students receive in Tucson. The students will also have the option of completing a portion of their studies in residence at the UA's Tucson campus.
University leaders said that with China being the second-largest economy in the world, both countries would benefit from a better understanding of the U.S. economy and its laws.
The program aims to train a new generation of bilingual lawyers competent in both legal systems.
77 students are currently enrolled in the inaugural class, which launched in fall 2015.