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3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD Program

3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD Program


  • The 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD program is a highly selective program, designed exclusively for top USC undergraduates interested in attending USC Gould School of Law, one of the country's leading law schools.
  • Admitted students complete their undergraduate and law school studies in a total of six years, instead of the usual seven, allowing students to save a year in tuition fees.

How Does It Work?

  • USC students apply for law school as juniors, and if accepted, enroll at USC Gould the following year.
  • The program augments the traditional route from undergrad to law school, therefore students must complete their major requirements by junior year.
  • After year one of law school (at the latest), students will earn their Bachelor's degree and after year three, their law degree.

Who is Eligible?

  • The program is only open to USC undergraduate students who can complete their Bachelor's degree by the end of the first law school summer, with preference for degree completion prior to the first year of law school.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate transcript (with grades through fall of junior year) indicating a minimum 3.80 cumulative grade point average. Acceptance is conditional upon maintaining a 3.80 GPA through the final undergraduate transcript.
  • Applicants must have a reported SAT/ACT score. A minimum score in the 85th percentile is required, and focus will be on the critical reading section. Those who do not possess a score are NOT eligible to apply to this program.
  • Applicants CANNOT have taken the LSAT. Part of the nature of this special program is that students are admitted without consideration of the LSAT score. Because of the rules that govern our permission to run the program, students with LSAT scores are not eligible to apply.
  • Students must submit strong faculty letters of recommendation and a personal statement, and participate in an interview.
  • The program is open to all majors.

Next Steps

  1. Meet with your academic advisor, to discuss remaining degree requirements and the likelihood of completion in three years. During this meeting, please make sure your STARS Report is updated. This includes all necessary course substitutions or waivers.
  2. Meet with a pre-law advisor to discuss program requirements and overall candidacy. During this meeting, the pre-law advisor will review your academic record and provide you with a tentative 3+3 course plan. To schedule an appointment with a pre-law advisor, please call the USC Dornsife Advising Office at 213.740.2534.
  3. Contact Amy Stevens, Associate Director of Admissions, to schedule an appointment and obtain program application. To schedule an appointment, please email astevens@law.usc.edu or call 213.740.2523.
  4. All applicants must register and create a "base" account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in order to be issued an LSAC ID. An LSAC ID is required to submit an application. For more information, please go to www.lsac.org.
  5. Ask for letters of recommendation. Remember at least one must be academic in nature. Your letters must be sent directly to USC Gould Admissions.
  6. Request that your transcripts be sent directly to the USC Gould Admissions Office. Transcripts from all schools attended must be sent. Your USC transcript must include fall 2016 grades.
  7. Submit your completed application via e-mail as an attachment or drop it off in person to the Admissions Office. Your completed application should include your personal statement and resume. They CANNOT be submitted via LSAC.

Key Dates

  • Accelerated Bachelor/JD Program Information Sessions:
    • TBD
  • Applications Due - Monday, January 9, 2017
  • Decision Notification - February 17, 2017

For More Information

  • USC Gould Office of Admissions
    Amy Stevens, Associate Director of Admissions
    (213) 740-2523 (or) astevens@law.usc.edu
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