Accelerated Law School Admissions Partners
UAA has partnered with Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon and the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle to provide qualified UAA students the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree and law degree on an accelerated schedule - typically in 6 years instead of 7.
Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice Center Legal Studies Program Coordinator, is the contact for questions about these programs. firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-786-1125
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The Willamette 3+3 Option
This innovative partnership between UAA and Willamette University College of Law ,located in Salem, Oregon, offers motivated students - at a time when the costs of higher education are a matter of increasing concern - an opportunity to complete an undergraduate and a law degree in six years, rather than the usual minimum of seven. "3+3" refers to 3 years of undergraduate credits plus 3 years of law school.
Read about the 3+3 program on the Willamette website and see below for details on how the program works.
Qualified UAA students interested in pursuing a career in the law may be admitted to Willamette University College of Law (WUCL) after they have achieved senior standing (completion of 90 semester credit hours) and completed UAA's General Education Requirements for All Baccalaureate Degrees and the disciplinary requirements for their chosen baccalaureate program. If accepted by WUCL, the students begin as first year students at WUCL the following fall, where their first-year law courses will be counted as up to 31 credits of upper-division electives toward their UAA bachelor's degree. Students may graduate with their baccalaureate degree after successful completion of their first year of law school. After completing the additional two years at Willamette, participating students will have completed both the baccalaureate and J.D. degrees in six years.
Law School Admission Decisions
Not all students who are academically qualified are admitted to law school. Students who meet the program requirements are eligible to apply for early admission to WUCL. Such students will be evaluated by the WUCL admissions committee, and may or may not be accepted for matriculation. Students who are not admitted to WUCL will complete their undergraduate degree at UAA, after which they will have the option to reapply to law school through the normal application process.
Students who are admitted to WUCL from the 3+3 program must either:
Required Academic Progress
Students who fail to receive a passing grade in each of the prescribed first year courses at WUCL will be deemed to have withdrawn from the 3+3 program. These students must receive their baccalaureate degree from UAA before WUCL will confer a JD upon such students. Students deemed to have withdrawn from the 3 + 3 program may petition to have WUCL courses for which they received a passing grade applied toward UAA's requirements for a baccalaureate degree in accordance with existing UAA policies and procedures.
Student WithdrawalStudents who earn a passing grade in each of the courses taken at WUCL but choose to withdraw from the law school and return to UAA to complete their baccalaureate degree may petition to have the successfully completed WUCL credits applied toward their baccalaureate degree in accordance with existing UAA policies and procedures. A student who earns a passing grade in each of the first-year courses taken at WUCL but who is either academically excluded or withdraws from WUCL (other than an approved leave of absence) must comply with the applicable academic regulations regarding readmission to WUCL.
Student Timeline for Completion of the 3+3 Program at UAA
Senior year (at WUCL):
Program Eligibility and Application Process
Questions? For more information, contact Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., UAA Legal Studies Program Coordinator
UAA - WUCL 3+3 Advising Sheets
University of Washington 3+3 Option
The University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Washington School of Law have partnered to provide qualified UAA students the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree and law degree on an accelerated schedule, typically in 6 years rather than the usual 7.
UAA students from any major may enter law school once they have completed the course requirements in their discipline, the university’s general education requirements, and finished 90 credits or completed what would otherwise be their junior year.
Students do not need to have completed their undergraduate degree before entering law school. Their first year of law school may be transferred back to UAA as elective credit, and students will graduate with their baccalaureate degree after their first year of law school.
This innovative partnership will allow students to reduce the costs of their undergraduate education, reduce their overall level of student loans, and reduce the opportunity costs of being in school by allowing them to enter the workforce one year earlier than they otherwise could.
These programs are often referred to as 3+3 programs because qualified students spend three years as undergraduates and three years in law school. Such programs are attractive to any student seeking to reduce educational costs, but they may be especially useful for veterans separating from the military.
Following successful completion of the first-year curriculum but before receiving their degree from UW, students in the program must complete an externship or clerkship in Alaska.
More details about this program will be posted shortly.
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