Economics/JD Accelerated, BA

Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Juris Doctor Degree Accelerated (325006BA) 

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.

Students admitted to University of Akron School of Law will receive a BA in Economics after completing at least 29 credits during the first year of Law School.

Requirements for Admission

Admission to Major

To be admitted to the major in the College of Business, students must have:

  • Cumulative overall grade-point average of 2.5 or higher;
  • English Composition I and II (ENGL:111 & ENGL:112);
  • Speech requirement (COMM:105 or COMM:106);
  • College Algebra (MATH:145) or Calculus with Business Applications (MATH:210);
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON:200) or Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON:201); and 
  • One of the following courses:
    • ­ Accounting Principles I (ACCT:201)
    • Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis (ACCT:250)
    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENTRE:201)
    • Legal & Social Environment of Business (BLAW:220)
    • Marketing Principles (MKTG:205)

Admission to Law School

Applicants who have completed at least 91 credits toward a bachelor’s degree may be automatically admitted to Akron Law if they:

  • are in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing at their undergraduate institution;
  • satisfy the character and fitness standards required of all students admitted to Akron Law;
  • have an Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score that is at or above the 25th percentile of the previous year's entering class (currently 151); and 
  • have an undergraduate grade point average at or above the median of the previous Akron Law entering class (currently 3.45).

Degree Information

  • 120 total credits
  • at least 90 undergraduate credits
  • at least 29 Law School credits
  • Overall GPA = 3.4
  • Economics GPA = 2.0

The following information has official approval of The Department of Economics, The School of Law and The College of Business, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.



General Education Requirements36
Business Requirements8-9
Economics Requirements31-33
Math and Statistics Requirements6-8
Law Requirements29
Additional Credits for Graduation *10-5
Total Hours120

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 Economics after completing the first year of law school.

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Business Requirements

Required Business Courses
MATH:210Calculus with Business Applications3-4
or MATH:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I
ECON:201Principles of Macroeconomics3
BUSN:110College of Business Success Seminar1
BUSN:111Professional Development Seminar1
Total Hours8-9

Economics Requirements1

ECON:200Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON:201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON:325Applied Econometrics I3
ECON:326Applied Econometrics II3
ECON:400Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON:410Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON:434Labor Market Analysis and Evaluation1-3
or ECON:496 Senior Project in Economics
or ECON:497 Honors Project in Economics
ECON:xxxEconomics Electives 212
Total Hours31-33

Students need to complete a minor. Suggested minors for a student include Finance, Risk Management & Insurance, International Business, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Modern Language, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. 

Students may use a second major to satisfy the minor elective requirement of this major. 

Electives used for a minor or second major may count towards upper level electives (300/400). 


Selecting courses from General Education is recommended. 

General electives can be any course not already required by your major and upper-level (300/400) elective can be any course in or outside your major, excluding general education courses and workshops

Math and Statistics Requirements

MATH:210Calculus with Business Applications3-4
or MATH:215 Concepts of Calculus
or MATH:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I
Introductory Statistics I
and Introductory Statistics II
or STAT:461 Applied Statistics
or MGMT:304 Business Statistics
Total Hours6-8

Law Requirements 1

LAWX:601Civil Procedure - Federal Jurisdiction3
LAWX:602Civil Procedure - Federal Litigation3
LAWX:607Criminal Law3
LAWX:609Fundamentals of Lawyering 20
LAWX:619Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing I (LARW I)3
LAWX:620Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II (LARW II)3
LAWX:676Legislation and Regulation2
Total Hours29

Students must be admitted to the School of Law.


Required for some students.

Graduation Requirements – Review DPR for Status

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • CBA residency = Last 15 credits earned in CBA
  • Overall GPA = 2.3
  • Major GPA = 2.0
  • Business & Economics GPA = 2.0

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL:111 English Composition I 3
BUSN:110 College of Business Success Seminar 1
Introduction to Public Speaking
or Effective Oral Communication
MATH:210 Calculus with Business Applications 3
Minor Elective 3
Arts Requirement 3
Spring Semester
ECON:200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENGL:112 English Composition II 3
SOCIO:100 Introduction to Sociology (Social Science and Domestic Diversity Requirements) 3
BUSN:111 Professional Development Seminar 1
Minor Elective 3
Global Diversity Requirement 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ECON:201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
STAT:261 Introductory Statistics I 2
STAT:262 Introductory Statistics II 2
Arts Requirement 3
Natural Science Requirement 3
Minor Elective 3
Spring Semester
ECON:400 Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
ECON:325 Applied Econometrics I 3
Economics Elective 3
Natural Science with Lab Requirement 3
Minor Elective 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
ECON:410 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
ECON:326 Applied Econometrics II 3
Economics Elective 3
Arts or Humanities Requirement 3
Minor Elective 3
Spring Semester
Economics Elective 3
Economics Elective 3
ECON:434 Labor Market Analysis and Evaluation 3
Complex Systems Requirement 3
Minor Elective 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
LAWX:601 Civil Procedure - Federal Jurisdiction 3
LAWX:611 Contracts 4
LAWX:619 Legal Analysis, Research, & Writing I (LARW I) 3
LAWX:625 Torts 4
Spring Semester
LAWX:602 Civil Procedure - Federal Litigation 3
LAWX:607 Criminal Law 3
LAWX:609 Fundamentals of Lawyering Required for some students 0
LAWX:620 Legal Analysis, Research & Writing II (LARW II) 3
LAWX:645 Property 4
LAWX:676 Legislation and Regulation 2
 Total Hours122