Akron Law announces new 3+3 J.D. program with Indiana Tech


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The University of Akron School of Law (Akron Law) and Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Ind., announced a degree partnership designed to streamline the academic journey from the baccalaureate level at Indiana Tech to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) level at Akron Law. This collaboration aims to condense the traditional seven-year path to a law degree into a more efficient six-year timeframe.

Commonly referred to as a three plus three (3+3) degree program, this partnership provides a unique and accelerated educational opportunity for qualifying students. Indiana Tech is now the first institution in Indiana and the seventh academic institution overall to establish a 3+3 program with Akron Law. Under this program, eligible Indiana Tech students can apply their first year of law school courses at Akron Law to satisfy graduation and degree requirements at Indiana Tech.

Barbara DiGiacomo, associate dean of administration and enrollment management at Akron Law, expressed enthusiasm about the new collaboration, stating, “We are delighted to begin this new 3+3 partnership. Indiana Tech students who are committed to pursuing a law degree will be able to get a one-year head start on their J.D. after completing three years of a baccalaureate degree.”

“This collaborative program is intended to supply broader educational opportunities for eligible Indiana Tech students and enable them to complete an undergraduate and a Juris Doctor degree at a lower cost and in less time than might otherwise be possible,” said Indiana Tech’s, assistant professor and legal studies program lead, Tiffany B. Redies.

Students at Indiana Tech can apply for inclusion in the Akron Law 3+3 program either during their application to Indiana Tech or at any point during their enrollment, provided they can fulfill at least 91 credits towards a bachelor's degree within three years. The specific majors eligible for the program will be determined by Indiana Tech.

Upon completing the application to Akron Law, participants who will have completed at least 91 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree may be automatically admitted to Akron Law, provided they are in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing at Indiana Tech; satisfy the character and fitness standards required of all students admitted to Akron Law; and meet certain LSAT and grade point average standards.

"The University of Akron School of Law is well respected, and we are grateful to be able to provide our students a pathway to make earning an advanced degree in law more efficient by sharing their fourth year of undergraduate with the first year of law school. I am thankful to Professor Redies for her work on this agreement,” said Dr. Anne Gull, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana Tech.

About Indiana Tech

Founded in 1930, Indiana Tech today is a comprehensive university with the core purpose of providing career-focused, professional programs of higher education. Indiana Tech offers programs in business, engineering, arts and sciences, computer sciences and criminal justice that give students the freedom to explore their intellectual and personal passions.

For more information about the Indiana Tech’s pre-law program, visit Pathway to Law School or email Tiffany Redies, Esq.

About the Akron Law 3+3 program

The Akron Law 3+3 program has partnerships with Central State University, Indiana Tech, Kent State University, Robert Morris University, University of Mount Union, Walsh University and Youngstown State University. In addition, University of Akron students majoring in business law, economics, history, philosophy or political science are also eligible to take advantage of the program.

For more information about the Akron Law 3+3 program, visit Law admissions or email lawadmissions@uakron.edu.

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