Mount Union, Akron Partner for 3+3 Political Science and Law Program

April 20, 2017

ALLIANCE – The University of Mount Union and The University of Akron School of Law have entered into an articulation agreement for a “3+3 program” for students pursuing a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

Under this program, interested students will be required to major in political science through Mount Union’s Department of Political Science and International Studies. In the first three years, students will be enrolled full-time at Mount Union. Their undergraduate degree would thereafter be completed in year four, in conjunction with their first year at Akron Law. 

“The “3+3 program” provides great benefits to Mount Union students who wish to pursue a legal career. It eliminates the costs and demands of a full year of academic programming,” said Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Mount Union.

Once admitted to Mount Union, students will need to complete a set of required courses to be eligible for admission to Akron Law. In addition, students must be in good standing with Mount Union and satisfy the mutually agreed-upon admission requirements between Akron Law and Mount Union. These requirements are: a score of at least 150 on the LSAT examination, and an undergraduate grade-point average of 3.40 midway through their junior year.

“We are thrilled to see this program formalize a longtime relationship between these two outstanding institutions and create new opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Sarah M.R. Cravens, associate professor and interim co-dean of The University of Akron School of Law. “Undergraduate alumni from Mount Union have a strong tradition of becoming student leaders and exceptional performers at Akron Law and beyond. We are hopeful that the possibilities opened up by the “3+3 program” will encourage even more Mount Union students to become part of the Akron Law family.”

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