Program Gives JMU Students Jump Start on Law Degree

Posted: September 25, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The School of Law and James Madison University have teamed together to design a program that gives outstanding undergraduates at James Madison the chance to shave a year of study off their bachelor’s degree and get a jump start on their law degree at George Mason at the same time.

Beginning in Fall 2002, the JMU 3+3 program allows qualified JMU students to apply to George Mason’s law school in their junior year. If admitted, they will come to George Mason and begin law school in what would have been their senior year of college. After they successfully complete the first year of study at the School of Law, JMU will award them their bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of two additional years of study at the law school, George Mason will award them their Juris Doctor.

“We’re very excited about the potential of this program,” says Anne Richard, director of admissions for the School of Law. “Not only does it provide a low-cost way for in-state students to get a bachelor’s degree and a law degree, but we see it as a way to encourage top students from JMU to come to George Mason instead of other schools. We give them something special, and we get something special in return.”

A version of this program is in the works for undergraduates at George Mason as well–Mason students in their junior year would have the opportunity to pursue a law degree as they finish up their bachelor’s degree.

See the full version of this story in the October issue of the Mason Gazette.

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