Saturday, November 25, 2017
Law.com, Dayton School of Law Offers 3+2 JD:
Plenty of law schools have rolled out programs designed to shave a year off the traditional path to a J.D. But on Friday, the University of Dayton School of Law became just the second school to offer a way to slice two years off the typical seven year undergrad-J.D. combo. Dayton, like other schools offering shorter tracks, is eager to attract stronger candidates as the overall applicant pool remains shallow. While many schools have 3+3 programs or accelerated two-year J.D. programs, so far only Dayton and Vermont Law School offer a way to become a lawyer in five years total. ...
The way it works is that students complete three years of courses in a partner undergraduate institution, and then transfer to Dayton, where their first year of law school counts towards their fourth year of undergraduate studies. In law school, students take courses — the same ones as traditional law students — in the summer, fall and spring semesters, which allows them to graduate in two years instead of three. However, if a law student at some point decides life is too hectic, she can always slow down and do the normal three-year J.D. program.
Students in the 3+2 program stand to save tens of thousands of dollars.
The 3+2 program is not for everyone. The undergraduate institutions are highly selective, Schlotttman said, using rigorous criteria agreed upon by Dayton. When a student applies for the 3+2 program during undergrad, Dayton only grants provisional acceptance to the law school. To lock it in, the student must take the LSAT in her third year and score at least one point higher than the Dayton median score.
“The goal is to raise those LSAT scores by using this program. We are attracting the high flying students,” Schlottman said.