U.S. University Offers “North American” law degree

In the March issue of Lexpert, Last Word columnist Paul Paton — whose legal academic career straddles the border — takes an amusing look at Arizona State University’s new “North American” law degree, which will be offered in September.


The new J.D., Paton writes, “will allow new graduates to immediately seek licensure in Canada and the US” — a turn of events that will undoubtedly bring more Canucks to the Arizona Desert.

With all these Canadians set to relocate, Paton couldn’t help but suggest a few potentially relevant courses, such as:

  • Cross-Border Franchising: Getting Tim Horton’s in Phoenix.
  • “But Officer, I’m Canadian”: a primer on SB 1070, the part of Arizona’s immigration law, upheld by the US Supreme Court, requiring police officers make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there is reasonable suspicion the person is in the country illegally.
  • Studies in Logic: Understanding the Second Amendment, eh? (The NRA once hosted its annual meeting in Phoenix, boasting “acres of guns, gear and outfitters” and a “safe and fun atmosphere the whole family can enjoy.” Really, I couldn’t make this stuff up.).

There is a real story here, we promise. Read Paul Paton’s column in its entirety right here.

David Dias

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