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B.A./J.D. 3+3 Programs

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 or Capital University Law School 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 or Capital Law. During the fourth year of study, the student will become a full-time, first-year law student at the Akron Law or Capital Law campuses rather than return to the Mount Union campus for a "senior" year. 

Benefits of a 3+3 Program

  • Based on the accelerated format, students save a year’s worth of undergraduate tuition and living expenses and get a jump start on entering the workforce.
  • Both institutions provide opportunities to network and connect with alumni in the field, including federal and state judges, elected officials, and leaders of law firms and corporations.
  • If the below requirements are met, students will earn direct-entry into a program, saving time and money from applying to multiple law schools.

Admission Requirements for the Akron Law Partnership

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 that can be viewed in the Undergraduate Catalog, 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.