Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/JD (3+3) Program
Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/JD (3+3) Program
Quinnipiac University offers an innovative Bachelor's/Juris Doctor accelerated program, which will shorten the usual seven-year sequence to just six years to earn a BA or BS in a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Schools of Business, Communications, Engineering or Health Sciences, and the JD from the Quinnipiac School of Law. This program is designed for students who know they want to attend law school at Quinnipiac.
The Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/JD (3+3) program provides a number of benefits. In addition to the opportunity to complete both degrees in only six years, students may live in Quinnipiac housing for four years and interact with the law school dean and faculty throughout the undergraduate years. Applicants accepted directly into the program as first-year students will receive: 1) locked tuition rate for the first four years, subject to the tuition and fee structure of Quinnipiac University’s accelerated dual-degree programs; and 2) continued merit scholarships throughout law school, subject to law school renewal policies. A 1-credit LSAT prep class is also offered to help students prepare for the exam.
The Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/JD (3+3) program is designed for students admitted to a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or in the Schools of Business, Communications, Engineering or Health Sciences at Quinnipiac who rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class and have a combined critical reading and math SAT of at least 1200 or a composite ACT of at least 25 or higher. Applicants meeting these requirements may enter the program as first-year students by indicating pre-law or the accelerated dual-degree program on their application. Students interested in the program who are close to but do not meet the admission criteria may apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for special consideration.
Quinnipiac University will renew the merit scholarships each year during the six years for students who are directly accepted into the program as first-year undergraduates provided they: 1) maintain a 2.5 GPA at the end of each undergraduate academic year; 2) have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 when they enter the law school; 3) achieve an LSAT score equal to or greater than that of the law school’s first-year class median at the time the student submits their law school application; and 4) continue to meet the renewal requirements for the law school scholarship.
First-year students and sophomores attending Quinnipiac, as well as first-year and sophomore transfer students, may apply to the program through the Pre-Law Advising Office. Students may enter the program no later than the first semester of their sophomore year and must meet the same eligibility criteria for first-year students entering the program directly through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Sophomores entering the program must have a minimum of 27 credits with at least a 3.0 GPA at the end of their first year.
Students admitted to the Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/JD (3+3) program are required to meet with Quinnipiac’s pre-law adviser as well as the adviser in their major to be certain they have completed all major and University Curriculum requirements before entering the School of Law. All students accepted into the Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/JD (3+3) program must complete at least 60 undergraduate (non-law) credits at Quinnipiac immediately prior to matriculation in the School of Law. Course overloads may be necessary to complete the undergraduate degree requirements in the accelerated time period.
There are two options for completion of the program:
Option 1 requires completion of a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits, including all major and University Curriculum requirements, by the end of the third year. Students following Option 1 will use the first year of law school for their fourth year of undergraduate credits and count up to 30 law school credits toward their undergraduate degree. Students will be full-time law students in the first semester of their fourth year and will earn a bachelor’s degree at the end of their first year of law school/fourth year of college.
Option 2 requires completion of a minimum of 105 undergraduate credits by the end of the third year. The fall semester of the fourth year will be a “bridge” semester in which students will take 6 credits of undergraduate courses along with 10 credits of law school courses. Students will be considered full-time law students in the second semester of the fourth year. Option 2 has the additional requirement of 6 credits of law school courses in the summer between the fourth and the fifth years. Students will receive their bachelor’s degree at the end of the bridge semester.
Students in the Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/JD (3+3) program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 by the end of their third year, take the LSAT no later than March of that year and achieve an LSAT score equal to, or greater than, the law school’s first year class median at the time the law school application is submitted. Students in the Accelerated Dual-Degree Bachelor’s/JD (3+3) program must also file a law school application with the Law School Admissions Council during their third undergraduate year. The Law School Admissions Office will work with students to ensure that the application is complete. All applications will be reviewed by the Law School Admissions Committee to make sure the prerequisites are met and there are no character and fitness issues. Students who do not meet the minimum GPA or LSAT score requirements may still be considered by the Law School Admissions Committee. If they are admitted, they would not be guaranteed the scholarship awarded at the undergraduate level.