Southwestern and California State University, Northridge (CSUN) have established a joint, accelerated multiple-degree program through which students can earn both their Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees in six years, rather than the usual seven.
Students participating in the 3+3 B.A./J.D. Program will have their first year of law school count as the fourth year of their undergraduate education. Those students admitted to Southwestern through this program will also receive $10,000 Wildman/Schumacher entering student scholarships, which may be renewable in subsequent years depending on academic performance. CSUN will begin recruiting students for the program this year. The first class is expected to enroll in Fall of 2014, and the initial enrollment is expected to be up to 35 students drawn from any department at CSUN.
- Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and either an ACT minimum score of 25 or S.A.T. minimum score of 1140.
- A formal application to the B.A./J.D. Program must be completed at the time of admission to CSUN.
- Students must begin the B.A./J.D. program in their first year of undergraduate studies and be classified as full-time freshmen.
- Students must complete all undergraduate course requirements for both general education and their chosen major in the first three years.
- Additionally, students must complete at least 90 credits during the first three years; 30 credits from the first year of law school will apply to both degrees.
- A tracking and monitoring system will be utilized to ensure that the student meets the curricular requirements prior to applying to Southwestern.
- Although it's strongly recommended that interested students take the LSAT in the fall or winter of their junior year at CSUN, they must sit for the exam no later than February of their junior year. The LSAT is offered four times a year (February, June, October and December) and is administered by the Law School Admission Council; more information can be found at www.lsac.org.
- Students must fulfill all the traditional criteria for admission to Southwestern (click here for complete details).
- The B.A./J.D. program requires a minimum LSAT score of 156 (approximately 68th percentile) and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.40 over the three years (as calculated by the Law School Admissions Council).
The First Year at Southwestern
- CSUN will award the baccalaureate degree to students after successful completion of the first year at Southwestern, or by the end of December following the first year of law school for students enrolled in Southwestern's part-time program.
- Tuition and fees for the first year will reflect Southwestern's current rates.
- Students must remain in good standing throughout their first year of law school and complete the first year with a minimum "C+" cumulative GPA, in addition to complying with Southwestern's policies and procedures.
- CSUN students admitted to the program will receive a $10,000 Wildman/Schumacher entering student scholarship. The scholarship will be renewed in subsequent years when a minimum 2.7 GPA is maintained.
- As with any Southwestern student, B.A./J.D. participants may also be eligible for a Dean's Merit Award after their first year. Dean's Merit Awards provide partial tuition to upper division students in the top 30% of their class who have demonstrated academic excellence. Dean's Merit Awards may not be "stacked" on existing scholarships, but they can provide additional funding to students who perform exceptionally in the upper-division portion of their legal education.
Questions can be directed to Robert Mena, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at (213) 738-6716 or email@example.com.