Boston College Law School and the University of Scranton have signed an early admissions agreement that will allow Scranton students who meet program requirements to be eligible for admission to the law school after three years at Scranton, a fellow Jesuit institution. The agreement will take effect beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.
The arrangement with Scranton expands the accelerated admissions initiative known as the 3+3 Program established by Boston College in 2015. It allows students to earn their undergraduate and law degrees in six years and will function similarly at both schools.
After completion of their junior year, eligible students at BC and Scranton are allowed to earn up to 30 credits for their bachelor’s degree requirements during the first year at BC Law. First-year law courses count toward both the student’s law degree and his or her bachelor’s degree.
“The 3+3 Program eases the financial burden of law school and brings well-qualified students to BC Law, while accelerating the timetable for them to receive their degree,” said BC Law Dean Vincent Rougeau. “It was our intention to eventually expand this program to include other undergrad Jesuit institutions like Scranton.”
To be eligible for the 3-3 program with Boston College Law School, Scranton students must have completed three years of coursework and earned a minimum of 63 credits. They must also have earned a cumulative GPA at the time of matriculation to law school that is equal to or above the median GPA of the prior year’s entering class at Boston College Law School, and have scored at or above the median LSAT score for third-year students of its previous year’s class. That is in addition to meeting other interview, character, and fitness requirements and remaining in good academic and disciplinary standing at Scranton.
Scranton also has 3-3 program agreements with Villanova School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law.
Read about Boston College’s first 3+3 student in BC Law Magazine.
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