3+3 Juris Doctor Program

3+3 Law Programs the university of akron

Complete your law degree in less time

The University of Akron offers motivated students the opportunity to earn both their bachelor’s degree and their Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in six years instead of the usual seven through its 3 + 3 programs.

  • Apply to law school during your third year of undergraduate study.
  • Save time by earning both degrees in six years.
  • Earn both degrees in six years instead of the usual seven.
  • Five in-demand bachelor’s degree programs available — business administration in business law, economics, history, philosophy and political science.

3 + 3 Juris Doctor degrees at UA

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Law / Juris Doctorate

This degree is designed for students who want a business degree with a focus on business law. To be successful in the business world, it’s important for all members of a business to have a basic understanding of business law to help them make better decisions and to define inappropriate behavior, to provide certainty and stability, to protect the public as well as the business, and to provide a mechanism for businesses to resolve disputes. A business can do most things that a person can do, and laws are needed to control those activities.

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Bachelor of Arts in Economics / Juris Doctorate

Given that judges and practitioners increasingly rely on economic reasoning to resolve legal disputes, those who graduate from this economics and law program will have a unique competitive advantage over others. Specifically, by blending expertise in economics and law, students will have a successful career path in areas of legal practice such as antitrust law, tax law, bankruptcy, corporate and securities law where economic reasoning is often central to the legal arguments.

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Bachelor of Arts in History / Juris Doctorate

Students in the Department of History build analytical skills, learning to weigh and interpret evidence and present their findings in writing. History students at UA acquire an understanding of how communities fit into larger historical and global contexts, preparing them to succeed in an interconnected world.

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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy / Juris Doctorate

The study of philosophy as an undergrad develops exactly the sorts of skills that law students will be required to draw upon in law school. These skills include: analyzing complex situations; drawing distinctions; formulating definitions; interpreting and comprehending abstract concepts and texts; evaluating evidence and arguments; and writing and speaking with clarity, focus, and argumentative rigor. Philosophy students also receive a broad and in-depth exposure to the fields of study that serve as the foundations of law: ethics, social and political philosophy, logic, justice and human rights, and epistemology. It is important to stress that both philosophy and the study of law teach students how, not what, to think.

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Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration / Juris Doctorate

This unique degree program integrates the foundational principles of healthcare management with a comprehensive understanding of the legal framework governing the healthcare industry. Students in this program acquire a deep knowledge of healthcare policies, ethics, billing and coding, and regulatory compliance, preparing them to navigate the complex intersection of healthcare administration and legal considerations. Graduates emerge equipped to lead healthcare organizations, ensuring efficient operations while adhering to legal standards and ethical practices in an ever-evolving healthcare landscape.

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Bachelor of Science in Political Science / Juris Doctorate

Political Science is one of the best majors for a student seeking a comprehensive liberal arts education with studies on critical thinking, argumentative writing, analysis, persuasion and social research. Students will be well prepared to thrive in a competitive, global market requiring ethical and practical problem-solving skills. This program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a seamless and successful transition from their undergraduate degree to law school.

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Merit-based Scholarship

UA offers generous merit-based scholarship awards. There’s no application needed. You’ll be automatically considered when you apply for admission. Scholarships awarded in your bachelor’s program will not continue with you into law school. If admitted to the School of Law, you will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarship for law school.