The 3+3 Dual Admission in Law Program is an accelerated JD program that allows students to obtain a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University as well as a Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in six years, saving them a total of one year in expenses and time.
How it Works
Students accepted into the 3+3 Program split their six years of studies between John Carroll and Case Law. Below, you will find a timeline for participating students.
While at John Carroll, students must complete both their university core and academic major requirements within the first three years. On their fourth year, which is spent at Case Law, students begin their JD studies, the first year of which counts towards their bachelor’s degree. At the end of their fourth year in the 3+3 Program, students receive their bachelor’s degree. Once they complete the remaining two years at Case Law, students receive their JD degree.
If you are interested in knowing what your schedule may look like while at John Carroll, please find a course planning example taken from the Department of Political Science’s Law and Society major concentration:
Applying to the 3+3 Program
There are two ways through which a student may gain entrance into the 3+3 Program:
1) Incoming freshmen who meet the program’s criteria are welcome to apply via the JCU Gateway; and
2) All juniors in their fall semester who meet the program’s criteria may apply directly with CWRU School of Law.
To meet the 3+3 Program’s criteria upon admission to John Carroll, students must have a high school GPA of 3.4 or above and a score in the top 70th percentile on standardized college entrance exams (25 ACT; 1100 SAT Critical Reading+Math). To maintain dual-admission status, students must cultivate a John Carroll GPA of 3.4 or above by their fourth semester and score in the top 70th percentile on the LSAT. As for junior students who wish to apply, they must also have a John Carroll GPA of 3.4 or above and an LSAT score in the top 70th percentile.
Please note: Students who apply as incoming freshmen are not obligated to attend Case Law. Whether or not incoming freshmen are certain about attending Case Law, they may participate until their junior year. Even if they choose to finish their bachelor’s degree at John Carroll and apply to another law school, they will still receive all of the 3+3 Program benefits while at John Carroll. Junior year applications, however, are binding to the student. All junior year applicants who are accepted into the 3+3 Program must attend Case Law. So that they are ready for this eventuality, we ask that non-freshmen students fill out our 3+3 Program Interest Form as soon as they begin to consider applying as juniors. This form is non-binding and will allow prospective 3+3 Program students to stay up-to-date on all 3+3 Program benefits.
For more information about this program, please contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Stiles
Associate Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor
John Carroll University
firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.397.4311
Alyson Suter Alber
Associate Dean for Enrollment Planning
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
email@example.com or 216.368.2097
About John Carroll University
John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. The University was renamed in 1923 to honor America’s first Catholic Bishop, John Carroll of Maryland. Its Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in their region and the world. John Carroll University, ranked 4th in the Midwest region by U.S. News & World Report, is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith whose central mission is justice. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.
About Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Founded in 1892, Case Western Reserve University School of Law is a nationally recognized law school that is part of Case Western Reserve University located in Cleveland, Ohio. The school is known for highly ranked programs—including international law (14th), health law (5th), and intellectual property law (20th)—that focus on experiential learning. The law faculty is ranked 25th in the nation in scholarly impact. Professors are noted experts in their fields, and their first priority is the success of their law students. The results of this dedication are readily noticeable with 91% of postgraduate students finding a job or pursuing a graduate degree within ten months of graduation in 2017 as well as 93% of postgraduate students passing the bar examination in 2017. Learn more about the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and their Juris Doctor degree curriculum.