Students interested in studying law in Indiana now have the option of earning their bachelor’s and law degrees sooner through a new program being offered at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.
Through IUPUI’s new accelerated dual-degree program, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the School of Liberal Arts and a Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in six years rather than the traditional seven. This is expected to save students roughly $10,000 in undergraduate tuition.
Students studying for a law in liberal arts degree typically take legal writing, constitutional law, criminal law and tort law. Instead, those who are in this dual-program will take these classes during the first year of law school. Coursework will not be duplicated in the dual-degree program.
To be eligible for the program, students must have a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 and have scored in the 50th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT. The application deadline for high school students is Nov. 1.
During their junior year at IUPUI, students in the dual-degree program who have a college GPA of at least 3.2 and a score of at least 149 on the Law School Admission Test will apply to the McKinney School of Law, which makes the final admission decision.
“IU McKinney School of Law is pleased to offer this new program, which will help enable some of the university’s most outstanding students from liberal arts to pursue a law degree here in Indianapolis,” IU McKinney Dean Andrew Klein said in a statement through the school.