Wednesday, June 25, 2014

USC joins list of law schools offering 3+3 program for undergrads

These programs allow students to fast-track their undergraduate and law school degrees in 6 six years rather than 7.   Several schools have adopted such programs (here and here) presumably in an effort to bolster falling admission numbers.  Now USC Gould School of Law has joined the list by announcing a program under which undergrads can apply to law school in their junior year and matriculate the following year earning both degrees in 6 years.  Under this program, it also means applicants do not have to take the LSAT.  The USC News website has more details:

New program puts undergrads on a fast track to law school


In a move to create additional opportunities for the best and brightest USC undergraduates on campus, the USC Gould School of Law will begin admitting a select group of USC seniors in the fall.


The program, known as 3+3, will allow select students to complete their undergraduate and law school studies in a total of six years. The USC students would apply for law school as juniors, and, if accepted, enroll at USC Gould the following year. After one year of law school, students will earn their bachelor’s degree and after another two years, their law degree. They will not be required to take the Law School Admission Test for admittance.


“The 3+3 program will enable the best USC undergraduates to stay at USC for law school and take advantage of being in Los Angeles, the country’s second-largest legal market,” said Chloe Reid, associate dean for admissions and financial aid at USC Gould. “It is a highly selective program for those students who can tackle the rigors of academic life at one of the country’s leading law schools. Students who are set on the legal profession will find these aspects very appealing.”


The program, which is open to all majors, requires a minimum GPA of 3.8, strong faculty recommendations, a personal statement, an interview, multiple writing samples and the completion of required major coursework by junior year.


As part of the program, students must complete their major requirements by junior year. This program augments the traditional route from undergrad to law school.


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“Law schools know that they need to be creative and forward thinking when it comes to legal education,” [Dean Robert K. Rasmussen] said. “We are extremely excited to offer this program to Trojans who want to continue their academic careers here.


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