BA/JD (3+3) Program
Mount Union recognizes that certain students have the motivation, capacity, and readiness to complete their undergraduate education and law degree training in an accelerated manner. The 3+3 Political Science and Law Program allows highly motivated students to complete all requirements for both an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Akron School of Law in six years of full-time study, as opposed to the traditional seven-year period of study. Under the 3+3 Program, students will complete three years of full-time study at Mount Union, followed by three years of full-time study at Akron Law. During the fourth year of study, the student will become a full-time, first-year law student at the Akron Law campus rather than return to the Mount Union campus for a "senior" year.
Any student may apply for inclusion into the 3+3 Program by contacting the Department of Political Science and International Studies. Students participating in the 3+3 Program who, in addition to the three-year political science curriculum, have completed the Integrative Core requirements, math and foreign language proficiencies, and minor requirements, will be automatically admitted into Akron Law as long as they:
- Are in good standing academically, financially and from a disciplinary perspective at Mount Union.
- Satisfy the character and fitness standards required of all students admitted to Akron Law.
- Score at least 150 on the LSAT examination.
- Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.40 by the mid-point of his or her junior year.
Admission to the 3+3 Program does not guarantee eventual acceptance to the law program by Akron Law. A student who does not gain admission to Akron Law through this Program will devote his or her fourth year to any remaining requirements for the Political Science major.