Attorney Kristin Connors works with a group of Quinnipiac University School of Law first year students Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2015, during the School of Law's January Term which gives law students hands-on experience with practicing attorneys. (Autumn Driscoll/Quinnipiac University)

3+3 BA or BS/JD

Obtaining both an undergraduate and law degree demands a substantial investment of time and money. In this program, you’ll have the flexibility to pursue any major you choose and then get a head start on your law degree and your new career.

Program Overview

With our innovative (3+3) BA/JD or BS/JD program, you can earn a bachelor’s degree and complete law school in six years. Whatever your major, we’ll help you shape your experience in a way that reflects your interests and professional ambitions. From corporate law to criminal defense litigation and environmental law, you’ll have a multitude of career paths within the legal field, government or the nonprofit world. 

You’ll receive consistent guidance from both the prelaw adviser and your undergraduate major adviser to keep you on track with the appropriate courses and ensure that you’re ready to begin law school during your senior year. You control the intensity of the program, by opting either to complete all your undergraduate credits by the end of your junior year and then start law school full time in your fourth year, or to take both law courses and your remaining undergraduate courses during a bridge semester in the fall of your senior year, with an additional summer session of law classes.  

Option 1 Curriculum and Requirements

Option 1

Students will use the first year of law school for their fourth year of undergraduate credits, and count 30 law school credits toward their undergraduate degree. Students will earn a bachelor's degree at the end of their first year of law school/fourth year of college.  

The program is structured as follows:

First Three Years


Students will focus efforts on working toward their undergraduate degree program requirements according to the University catalog and guidance from their academic adviser.

By the end of the third year:

  • Students must complete all major and University Curriculum requirements for a total of at least 90 credits (which can include any AP or advanced standing credits as determined when they enter their freshman year) with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA.
  • Students will be expected to take the LSAT no later than February of their third year and score a minimum of 150.  
    • A score of 155 or higher may be sufficient to increase their undergraduate scholarship to a higher level as they enter the School of Law.
    • Those scoring between 150 and 154 will be guaranteed a scholarship in the amount awarded to them as undergraduates.
    • Those scoring below 150 will need to be reviewed by the School of Law admissions committee to determine whether they are eligible for early admission to the law school, and if so, whether they will receive merit scholarship funds.

Fourth Year


Students will be full-time law students upon entering the law school. Students will complete their BA or BS at the end of the spring semester of their fourth year and will participate in the Commencement ceremony in May. All courses in this option will be day courses.

Fall courses will include:

  • Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • Contracts I (3 credits) 
  • Civil Procedure I (3 credits)
  • Torts (4 credits) 
  • Legal Skills I (2 credits) 

Spring courses will include:

  • Contracts II (3 credits)
  • Civil Procedure II (2 credits) 
  • Property (4 credits) 
  • Legal Skills II (2 credits) 
  • Constitutional Law (4 credits)

Summer courses are not required.

Fifth and Sixth Years


Students will complete the remaining JD program requirements, including optional clinics and externships, according to the law academic catalog and with the guidance of a law faculty adviser.

Option 2 Curriculum and Requirements

Option 2

The fall semester of the fourth year will be a "bridge" semester during which students can complete six credits of undergraduate work (for example, a senior "capstone" course) along with 10 credits in the School of Law. Up to 10 of those law course credits will count toward the 120 credits required for the undergraduate degree. 

First Three Years


Students will focus efforts on working toward their undergraduate degree program requirements according to the university catalog and guidance from their academic adviser.

By the end of the third year:

  • Students must complete 105 credits (which can include any AP or advanced standing credits as determined when they enter their freshman year) with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA.
  • Students will be expected to take the LSAT no later than February of their third year and score a minimum of 150.  
    • A score of 155 or higher may be sufficient to increase their undergraduate scholarship to a higher level as they enter the School of Law.
    • Those scoring between 150 and 154 will be guaranteed a scholarship in the amount awarded to them as undergraduates.
    • Those scoring below 150 will need to be reviewed by the School of Law admissions committee to determine whether they are eligible for early admission to the law school, and if so, whether they will receive merit scholarship funds.

Fourth Year


Students will complete their BA or BS at the end of the fall semester of their fourth year and will participate in the Commencement ceremony in May. The law school will be flexible in designing a schedule of first-year law courses to accommodate each student's needs for the completion of the undergraduate requirements.

Fall courses will include:

  • Two undergraduate courses (6 credits)
  • Contracts (2 credits) (evening course)
  • Civil Procedure (2 credits) (evening course)
  • Torts (4 credits) (day or evening course)
  • Legal Skills I (2 credits) (day or evening course)

Spring courses will include:

  • Contracts (4 credits) (evening course)
  • Civil Procedure (3 credits) (evening course)
  • Property (4 credits) (day course)
  • Legal Skills II (2 credits) (day or evening course)
  • Elective (2 credits) (e.g., Introduction to Representing Clients)

Summer courses:

  • Courses vary depending on need. Generally students will complete 6 credits in the summer term.

Fifth and Sixth Year


Students will complete the remaining JD program requirements, including optional clinics and externships, according to the law academic catalog and with the guidance of a law faculty adviser.

Admission to the Program

To participate in the program, students must:

  • be admitted to Quinnipiac in a major within the College of Arts and Sciences*
  • rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class
  • score 1200 or more on the SAT (critical reading plus math) or an ACT composite of 27
  • indicate an interest in "pre-law" on their application for admission

Students who are close to these criteria may be eligible to participate providing they meet the ongoing GPA requirements and the LSAT minimum.

*Students enrolled in the Schools of Business, Communications or Health Sciences may work with the pre-law adviser as well as their faculty adviser to meet all requirements.

Sophomores attending Quinnipiac University and sophomore transfer students may enter the program during the first semester of their sophomore year by applying through the prelaw advisor. Sophomores must meet the same eligibility criteria set out above for freshmen entering the program and must have a minimum of 27 credits with at least a 3.0 grade point average at the end of their freshman year. Transfer students must complete at least 60 undergraduate (non-law) credits at Quinnipiac immediately prior to matriculation in the School of Law. 

Merit Scholarhips

Students who receive a Quinnipiac merit scholarship will have the scholarship renewed each year of the six- year program providing they:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA at the end of each undergraduate academic year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 when they enter the School of Law
  • Continue to rank in the top half of their class throughout the law school.

Students are automatically screened for merit scholarship eligibility during the application process.

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