Quinnipiac University

BA or BS/JD (3+3) Curriculum

Our curriculum builds industry-specific knowledge and skills while giving you the flexibility to customize your schedule based on your needs. Below are the course requirements for the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA or BS/JD (3+3) program, and an example of what your academic experience might look like.

Curriculum and Requirements

Students will use the first year of law school for their fourth year of undergraduate credits and count up to 30 law school credits toward their undergraduate degree. Students will earn a bachelor's degree by 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 as first-year students) with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA.
  • Students will be expected to take the LSAT no later than March of their third year and achieve an LSAT score equal to, or greater than, the law school’s first year class median. If those prerequisites are met, and there are no character and fitness issues, the student would be admitted to the law school and guaranteed a scholarship in the amount awarded to them as undergraduates, subject to the law school renewal policy.
    • 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, subject to the law school renewal policy.
    • Students who do not meet the GPA and/or LSAT score requirements may still be considered by the 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 by 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.

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 120-122 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 as first-year students) with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA.
  • Students will be expected to take the LSAT no later than March of their third year and achieve an LSAT score equal to, or greater than, the law school’s first year class median. If those prerequisites are met, and there are no character and fitness issues, the student would be admitted to the law school and guaranteed a scholarship in the amount awarded to them as undergraduates, subject to the law school renewal policy.
    • 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, subject to the law school renewal policy.
    • Students who do not meet the GPA and/or LSAT score requirements may still be considered by the 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 by 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.