3+3 Accelerated BA-JD

3+3 Accelerated BA-JD

The School of Law recognizes that qualified undergraduate students have the capacity and readiness to complete their undergraduate education and their law degree in less time than the seven years of study typically required.

We encourage undergraduate students at partner institutions to accelerate their course of study by completing their Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor in just six years of full-time study, saving students one year’s worth of time and tuition.

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Partner Institutions

We have established 3+3 programs with the following institutions:

  • Alfred University
  • Le Moyne College
  • Medaille College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • SUNY Canton (Legal Studies and Applied Psychology majors)
  • University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences (Department of English, Department of Sociology, Department of Philosophy, Department of History, Social Science Interdisciplinary Program, Department of Political Science)

Eligibility Requirements

The 3+ 3 Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students at partner schools who, by the completion of their third year of undergraduate studies, have:

  • Completed a minimum of 90 credits through residency, Advanced Placement, or transfer credits, including:
    • completion of undergraduate core curriculum as defined by their undergraduate institution;
    • completion of all course requirements of the undergraduate department(s) or program(s) in which the student is majoring and minoring or who have an agreement in writing with those departments or programs to accept courses taken at UB School of Law as satisfying major(s) or minor requirements.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through 90 credits of undergraduate coursework;
  • An LSAT score at or above the median LSAT for the School of Law’s previous year’s enrolled class; and
  • Two academic recommendation letters

Undergraduate students at partner institutions should consult with their Academic Advisement Office during their freshman or sophomore year to discuss and plan for the application process.

Application Process

Eligible students must take the LSAT no later than January of their junior year and must apply to UB School of Law (via the Law School Admission Council) no later than February 1 of their junior year of undergraduate studies. Following the receipt of all required admission materials, the School of Law will review and arrive at an admission decision. The School of Law’s Admissions Committee reserves the right to request and conduct an in-person admissions interview prior to arriving at a final admission decision.

Note

UB Accelerated BA-JD students at are not required to submit an application through LSAC. They should confer with their academic advisor and the School of Law Office of Admissions requirements to matriculate to the School of law.

How It Works

Upon successful completion of the first-year law school curriculum, students’ credits for the year are transferred to their undergraduate schools to complete the bachelor’s degree.

Note

Only credits completed during a student’s first year of law school will be accepted as transfer credit towards the bachelor’s degree.  Participating students who withdraw or fail to successfully complete the first year of law school must complete the bachelor’s degree through their undergraduate schools.