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KU introduces accelerated program to earn bachelor's and law degrees

Thu, 01/17/2013

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas is offering a new program that will allow undergraduates the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Law collaborated on the degree track to provide a new opportunity for high-ability students to maximize their coursework at KU. Students will spend three years on requirements for a bachelor’s degree from the College and three years on requirements for a law degree. The first year of law school will also count toward requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

The partnership between liberal arts and sciences and law is a natural fit, said Danny Anderson, dean of the College.

“Liberal arts and sciences graduates often go on to legal study because our degrees are such great preparation,” Anderson said. “No matter their major, our students have broad knowledge across a variety of subjects and essential skills for a legal career, including research, analysis and communication.”

Stephen Mazza, dean of the School of Law, noted there are benefits in the new degree track for both prospective students and KU.

“The law school is excited about the new program. It will lower students' total costs and will help ensure that great KU students stay at KU,” Mazza said.

The new program is open to first-year students who have already been admitted to KU for Fall 2013. Admission is competitive. To be considered, applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a minimum ACT score of 28.

Accepted students are guaranteed admission to KU’s law school after their junior year as long as they maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and score a minimum of 157 on the LSAT exam.

More information about admission and coursework requirements can be found here. Students must apply by Feb. 15 to be considered.

For more information, contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205, mpaget@ku.edu.

 



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