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3 + 3 Law Degree Program

The 3+3 Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor (JD) Law Degree program offers a unique opportunity for University of San Francisco students to earn two degrees in six years.

The world is waiting for someone like you. Get out there sooner. Students complete three years of Bachelor’s degree coursework, and then transition into three years of law school, saving two semesters (one academic year) of undergraduate tuition and classes. You’ll graduate with a Bachelor’s degree your fourth year, and already have one year of law school under your belt. The academically rigorous curriculum puts you on the job market faster while gaining the broad skills and specialized experience your career demands. The full list of 3+3 Law program majors is featured in the FAQ below.

Admission to the 3+3 Program

First things first – read through our application instructions and apply for admission. You can add the 3+3 Law Program to your curriculum when you apply for admission as a freshman, or after you are admitted. You must identify your major and 3+3 Law as your academic goal before your freshman year so that you can begin to take the courses required for graduation.

To transition into the JD program, you should take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in June prior to your third undergraduate (junior) year but no later than December of that year. Grade point average (GPA) and LSAT requirements will be based on a three-year average of incoming first-year law school classes during your Bachelor’s studies.

For example, as a fall 2014 freshman applying to the School of Law in 2017, your GPA and LSAT requirements would be equal to the average figures for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 first-year law school classes. The USF Admissions Office or your Academic Success Coach will be able to provide the necessary annual averages to keep you aware of your estimated requirements.

Additionally, students must submit the law school application requirements by February 1 of their junior year, including satisfying the Character and Fitness component in order to be admitted to the School of Law.

Academic Support

Academic Success Coaches from the Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA) will work with you to find the right classes, fill out the proper forms and connect to the wealth of University resources for the duration of the 3+3 program. CASA provides USF students with compassionate academic and personal support that promotes holistic student development and success.

Note: Curriculum maps may be subject to change. If necessary, your Academic Success Coach will alert you to any changes before the start of each semester.

FAQ

What can I major in?

The 3+3 Law program is currently available to students who major in:

  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Literature and Culture
  • Computer Science
  • Critical Diversity Studies
  • Economics
  • English (Literature Emphasis)
  • Environmental Studies
  • French Studies
  • History
  • Japanese Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Performing Arts and Social Justice
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Studies
  • Theology and Religious Studies
  • Urban Studies

What courses will I take?

Curriculum maps for all majors in the 3+3 Bachelor’s and JD Law Degree program will outline what courses you’ll take during the first three years of undergraduate study. After completing 100 credits in the College of Arts and Sciences (typically by the end of your third year), you can transition into the School of Law. Once you complete 128 units (typically after your first year of law school) you will obtain your Bachelor's degree.

Contact admission@usfca.edu to request an undergraduate curriculum map or check out the list of first-year law courses you’ll complete during your fourth year.

What tuition rate will I be charged? Am I eligible for financial aid?

Students enrolled in the 3+3 program will be charged the undergraduate tuition rate for the first three years of the program and will be charged the full-time law school tuition rate for the fourth, fifth and sixth years.

For those students who apply for and are eligible for financial aid, undergraduate merit scholarships and undergraduate need-based tuition grants, as well as federal undergraduate grants and loans can be used to pay for the first three years of the program. For years four through six, students will be considered graduate students and will be eligible for federal student loan programs or, if qualified, the Law School's scholarship programs.

What are the average LSAT scores and GPAs for the last three incoming School of Law classes?

USF School of Law Admission Medians 2011 2012 2013
50th Percentile LSAT Enrolled 157 156 153
50th Percentile GPA Enrolled 3.40 3.27 3.27

What if I don’t meet the GPA and LSAT requirements?

An above average undergraduate GPA, previous involvement with law school programming, strong letters of recommendation, and law-related extracurricular activities will also be considered during the admission process.

What if I’m not accepted or elect not to attend the School of Law?

Students who are not admitted to the School of Law or students who ultimately choose not to pursue a law degree will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree in their field of undergraduate study after they complete 128 hours of coursework.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information about the 3+3 program in the College of Arts and Sciences, contact Robert Elias at (415) 422-6349 or eliasr@usfca.edu. Alan Guerrero can answer questions regarding the 3+3 program in the School of Law at (415) 422-2975 or guerrero@usfca.edu.