North American Law Degree

Why the North American Law Degree?

In an increasingly interdependent world, the need for lawyers with expertise in Canadian and U.S. Law is a business and legal necessity for the 21st Century.  We at ASU are addressing this need by offering a North American Law Degree - granted within three years - that prepares graduates to seek admission to the bar in both the U.S. and Canada.  The North American Law Degree not only provides solutions for tomorrow's lawyers, it solves current needs for law students in both countries. 

  • As deal flow between the U.S. and Canada continues to grow, businesses are forced to hire both Canadian and U.S. counsel and increase costs. The ability to practice in both countries alleviates this problem and cuts costs.
  • Canadian law schools do not graduate enough lawyers to serve Canadian society.
  • There are very few lawyers in Phoenix with expertise in Canadian law or a license to practice in Canada.
  • An estimated 132,000 Arizona jobs depend on trade with Canada.
  • Nearly 300 Canadian companies currently operate within Arizona.
  • There is a substantial and growing interdependence of Arizona and Canadian economies (1.6 billion in exports).  
  • The “North American Law Degree” will prepare graduates, within three years, to seek bar admission in both the U.S. and Canada without further coursework.
  • Students receive a world-class education that provides substantive knowledge of both U.S. and Canadian law.
  • The J.D. program will connect graduates to Canadian businesses and law firms and has been endorsed by the Canada Arizona Business Council.
  • The North American Law Degree will provide ASU law graduates greater opportunities for international law practice.
  • Due to recent action by the Arizona Supreme Court, 3Ls will have the opportunity to take the Arizona bar exam in their last semester, and focus on the licensure process in Canada immediately after graduation.
  • Participants receive their education at a law school ranked among the top U.S. law schools with four programs ranked in the top 20.
  • Tuition at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is consistently among the lowest in the country.


"ASU is showing a leadership role in creating this program, as there remains a lack of lawyers experienced in handling cross-border deals.  As deal flow among small- to medium-sized businesses increases between the U.S. and Canada, more options are needed for handling cross-border legal issues than just the few trained specialists in big firms."  

- R. Glenn Williamson, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Canada Arizona Business Council