3+3 Program FAQs

In an effort to address concerns you may have about the “3+3” Program, the Office of Admissions compiled responses to a list of frequently asked questions.

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If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 716-645-2907 or law-admissions@buffalo.edu. We appreciate your continued patience and interest in the University at Buffalo School of Law.

What are the benefits of the program?

Students not only save one year of time and tuition by accelerating their course of study but have access to BA/JD specific programming including free LSAT Preparation Workshops, invitations to BA/JD Information Sessions and Networking Receptions, alongside access to all the School of Law offers as early as their first year of undergraduate studies. The best benefit of all may be the fact that students are able to begin their career earlier, therefore making a difference even sooner!

Do I have to be enrolled in a specific major to be eligible?

Yes and no. Your undergraduate institution may have specific requirements for you to enroll in the 3+3 program. Consult your academic advisor for more information. 

Does my undergraduate GPA have to be constantly above 3.5 to remain eligible?

No, your undergraduate overall/cumulative GPA must be at or above a 3.5 at the time of submitting required documents and application materials to the School of Law.   

When should I take the LSAT or GRE exam?

While there is no specific timeframe for taking a standardized test, 3+3 students are strongly encouraged to prepare for and take the LSAT or GRE exam before or during the summer before their Junior year. By doing so, students not only have ample time to prepare, but take the exam outside of the traditional academic semester, without the added responsibility of classwork.     

What materials are required?

Students should plan on supplying the following materials to the School of Law:

  • Undergraduate transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Personal Statement
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • LSAT or GRE scores
  • Diversity Statement (Optional)
  • Addenda (Optional)

When should I complete a Progression Form (UB 3+3 Students only) or an application through my LSAC.org Account (Non-UB 3+3 Students)?

The deadline to complete either the Progression Form (UB Students only), or the LSAC Application (non-UB Students), is February 1st of your Junior year. 

What is the latest LSAT or GRE I can take to apply to the program?

The final LSAT accepted for the 3+3 program is the January LSAT. The GRE must be taken no later than January 15th.

How is tuition charged during the program?

Students will be charged three years of undergraduate tuition by their undergraduate institution, and three years of law school tuition. 

What happens if I am enrolled in a 3+3 major, but I don’t meet the eligibility requirements?

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.

How and when will my baccalaureate degree be conferred?

Upon successful completion of the first-year law school (JD) curriculum, students’ JD credits are transferred to their undergraduate schools to complete and confer their undergraduate degree.

Important: Students who withdraw or fail to successfully complete the first-year law school curriculum must contact their undergraduate advisor to discuss options for completing their baccalaureate degree.

How will my advanced standing/transfer credits impact my progression through the 3+3 program?

Students with more than 30 credits from AP, IB, or college courses pursued while in high school should meet with their academic advisor and Benjamin Rogers, Assistant Director of Admissions, regarding program eligibility and navigation. Each student’s record is unique, and individual advising on the subject is highly recommended.

Note: Any student may apply to law school through the traditional path if their baccalaureate degree conferral date occurs prior to their anticipated law school matriculation date.