3 Plus 3 Accelerated Law Program

You've made your mark with an impressive academic recordnow use that momentum to get your law degree ahead of your peers!

The College of Arts & Sciences and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law have joined forces to create a 3+3 Accelerated Law Program that allows eligible students in the College of Arts & Sciences to begin law school in their senior year of undergraduate study. Students substitute undergraduate major requirements with the first 30 hours of law school, earning an undergraduate degree after their first year of law school and a Juris Doctor degree two years later.

Spend less on tuition and start earning sooner

Completing your undergraduate and law degrees in just six years instead of the traditional seven will save you a year of tuition costs and get you into the workforce faster!

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Brandeis School of Law tuition and fees

Choose your own undergraduate path

Three departments within the College of Arts & Sciences offer an accelerated path to law school. Acquiring one of several undergraduate degrees will open doors to many other career paths besides legal practice.

Brandeis graduates are pursuing a wide range of career opportunities in higher education, business, government and the public sector. If you have a particular interest in one of these undergraduate degrees, visit the department's website for more about your course of study:


Criminal Justice
Studies in criminal justice examine public security and order, providing good preparation for the study and practice of law. This reflects the views of Justice Louis Brandeis that the social and economic sciences inform the just rule of law, what he called “The Living Law.”  The lessons learned are applicable whether a student pursues a career in criminal law and legal compliance, civil or domestic law or with a federal law enforcement agency. All require an understanding of human nature under the rule of law.

Contact: Director of Criminal Justice Student Services Ginger Brown


History
The study of history prepares a student for a career in the law. Through document analysis, wide-ranging research, writing, and critical thinking about the people, events and processes of the past, students develop the skills they will need to succeed in both their legal education and in legal practice.  History provides perspective, and all attorneys provide their clients with perspective on their unique situations. All that is past is prologue, so the study of history equips students with the intellectual tools they will need to deal with the issues of the present and the future.

Contact: History Advisor Dr. Thomas C. Mackey


Women’s and Gender Studies
Majoring in Women's and Gender Studies helps professionals in these fields to understand how women have been excluded from the political process in the past, examine how women are working to achieve political empowerment today and explore women's public policy issues.  Graduates of women’s studies programs work as lawyers in the realms of environment, public interest, affirmative action, immigration and women’s advocacy; they also find work as lobbyists or in public affairs and policy making.

Contact: WGS Professor Dr. Dawn Heinecken


Getting started

The individual departments determine entry requirements for their 3+3 tracks. For more information about a specific department’s requirements, please use the departmental contacts above. Because these are accelerated tracks with specific outlined programs of study, advising is critical. If you are interested in a 3+3 program, contact a department to make an appointment with the academic advisor working with 3+3 students.

Admission to Law School

Admission to the 3+3 track does not guarantee admission to the law school. Students seeking admission to law school must complete a law school application and satisfy all of Brandeis’ admissions requirements, including its median GPA and LSAT expectations.

It is recommended that students planning to pursue this track have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

For more information on Brandeis and its admissions requirements, please contact the law school’s Office of Admissions. The office can also arrange for you to visit the law school and to sit in on a class.

Brandeis School of Law Office of Admissions