B.A. History Accelerated Track to Law (3+3)

The 3+3 Accelerated Law program at the University of Louisville allows eligible undergraduate students to apply to the Brandeis School of Law in their junior year. Students admitted under the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year law school courses, allowing them to graduate with both a bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and related costs.

Major: HIST
Track: 3+3
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the B.A. in History requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major. The Application for Major form can be found on the A&S Advising Center web site.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement.

Law School Admission Process

To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete three years of undergraduate coursework at the University of Louisville
  • Satisfy all general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree
  • Satisfy all major coursework requirements, or receive approval that certain first-year law courses will count toward satisfying the major’s requirements
  • Meet all other undergraduate requirements for graduation

Students who satisfy the above requirements may apply for admission to the Brandeis School of Law under the 3+3 program prior to completing their junior year at the University of Louisville. Students are encouraged to apply no later than April 15 of the junior year. In addition, all applicants must satisfy the following:

  • Submit scores from a valid and reliable admission test in order to assist the law school’s Admissions Committee in assessing the applicant’s ability to satisfactorily complete the school’s program of legal education*
  • Interview with a Brandeis School of Law admissions representative
  • Complete all other Brandeis School of Law admission requirements:

NOTE: The Brandeis School of Law may accept up to 10% of its entering class of students who are not required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), per ABA Standard 503. Students who score highly on the ACT or SAT may be considered for admission without being required to take the LSAT. If an applicant is required to take the LSAT, it is recommended that the test be taken no later than February of the student’s junior year.

NOTE: At the time of application to the 3+3 program and at the end of the student’s junior year, it is recommended that a typical candidate for this program will have earned an undergraduate GPA of least the median undergraduate GPA earned by the previous year’s entering law class. The candidate will have also earned an LSAT score of at least the median LSAT score earned by the previous year’s entering law class.

General Education (34 hours)

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

See the undergraduate catalog for general education requirements.

A&S Programmatic Requirements (22 hours)

General 101: A&S Orientation1
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at the 300 level or above (in addition to the Humanities courses required in the WGST Core)9
Foreign Language (completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language)12
WR - two approved courses at the 300 level or above (may be incorporated into other degree requirements)

Department of History (36 hours)

HIST 101-102 or 105-1066
HIST 211-2126
Pre-Modern World: HIST 301, 340-343, 345, 346, 350-352, 356, 393, 399, 542, 551, 555, 591 (select one)3
Asia, Africa, Latin American Area (AALA) [includes courses on the Middle East] HIST 313, 331-333, 341, 345, 350, 356, 357, 362, 367, 376-378, 392-398, 533-535, 563, 565, 584, 590-594, 598 (select two)6
Courses numbered 310, 410, 498, 499, 501, 502, 503 and 540 may at times also fulfill area requirements; consult History Department.
HIST 3041,23
History electives at the 300 level or above6
History electives at the 500 level36

Law School Courses (30 hours)

LAW 802, 803, 804, 805, 810, 811, 812, 814, 815, 81930

Minimum total: (122 hours)


Culminating Undergraduate Experience requirement (for students admitted Summer 2014 or later) is fulfilled by completing one of these courses: HIST 401, 504, 508, 511, 512, 518, 521, 522, 524, 528, 529, 533, 534, 535, 540, 542, 550, 551, 559, 561, 563, 565, 571, 577, 579, 582, 583, 590, 591, 592, 593, 596, 599

NOTE: Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

1 In addition to courses counted toward General Education.
2 Fulfills WR requirement.
3 Once a student has declared a History major, the student must enroll in History 304 as 3 of the next 12 History credit hours. A grade of 'C' or better must be earned in History 304.
4 Six hours of required 500-level history courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
5 One elective should be an approved CUE course.