Political Science/JD Degree Accelerated, BA
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Juris Doctor Degree Accelerated (370017BA)
For undergraduates in select programs, you can earn your bachelor’s and law degrees in six years instead of seven. To complete law school, you typically need four years to complete a bachelor’s degree and three years to complete a law degree (juris doctor degree).
Akron Law’s new 3 + 3 Program allows eligible undergraduate students participating in partner programs to apply to Akron Law in their junior year of college.
Students admitted under the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first-year law school courses, allowing them to graduate with both a bachelor’s and law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and related costs, and they begin their legal careers a year ahead of time.
Pursuant to Akron Law’s 3 + 3 policy, an applicant must be in his or her junior year and participating in a partner program. Applicants must also meet his or her undergraduate institution’s criteria for eligibility.
Typically, you must have a 3.4 grade point average and 150 LSAT score to qualify for admission. However, this might vary depending on your program. Each undergraduate institution determines which majors and programs are eligible for participation.
In addition to being an eligible junior in a partner program, applicants must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), complete the law school application, and submit a certification of eligibility from the partner program. Applicants can request the certification form from the contact person at their institution as listed above. 3 + 3 candidates are considered alongside Akron Law’s regular pool of applicants.
Applicants to the 3 + 3 program are encouraged to take the LSAT in October or December of their junior year in college and apply in January after their fall grades are available. However, later applications, including those from June LSAT-takers, will also be considered.
|General Education Requirements||34|
|College of Arts & Sciences Requirements||14|
|Political Science Core||23-30|
|Additional Credits for Graduation *||19|
Bachelor's degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Students admitted to University of Akron School of Law will receive BA in Political Science after completing 30 credits during the first year of law school.
Note: A GPA of 3.4 overall is needed to complete the degree along with a minimum Political Science GPA of a 2.2
General Education Courses
|Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete three tiers of General Education coursework. Tiers I and II provide students with foundational skills and breadth of disciplinary knowledge. Tier III courses require students to integrate knowledge, understand diverse perspectives, and think critically about complex issues. Courses tagged for Tier III may also fulfill major or Disciplinary Area requirements.|
|Tier I: Academic Foundations||12|
Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credit hours 1
|Mathematics for Everyday Life|
|Statistics for Everyday Life|
|Introductory Statistics I|
|Introductory Statistics II|
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
|Tier II: Disciplinary Areas||22|
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
|Tier III: Tagged Courses|
Select one class from each of the following subcategories:
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
At least three credits must come from one of the courses listed.
College of Arts & Sciences Requirements
|Degree requirements in Arts & Sciences include the demonstration of ability to use another language by completion of the second year of a foreign language.|
101 Beginning I
102 Beginning II
201 Intermediate I
202 Intermediate II
|Survey of Deaf Culture in America (American Sign Language option only)|
|Students must also complete a minimum of 40 credits (excluding workshops) consisting of either:|
Upper-level (300/400) courses both in and outside of the student’s major;
or other courses outside the major department approved by the student’s major department chair (permission should be obtained prior to enrollment); these may not include workshops
Political Science Core
|3700:100||Government & Politics in the United States||3|
|3700:150||World Politics & Government||3|
|3700:301||Introduction to Political Research||3|
|3700:303||Introduction to Political Thought||3|
|3700:395||Internship in Government & Politics||2-9|
|3700:360||The Judicial Process||3|
|or 3700:335||Law & Society|
|3700:461||The Supreme Court & Constitutional Law||3|
|or 3700:462||The Supreme Court & Civil Liberties|