University of Washington accelerated law school admission program

University of Washington School of Law

This innovative partnership between UAA and University of Washington School of Law, located in Seattle, Washington, 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 years.

Overview

Qualified UAA students interested in pursuing a career in law may be admitted to the University of Washington School of Law (school of law) 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, students begin as first-year students at the school of law 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 the school of law, 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 the school of law. Such students will be evaluated by the University of Washington School of Law admissions committee, and may or may not be accepted for matriculation. Students who are not admitted to the school of law will be required to complete their undergraduate degree at UAA, after which they will have the option to reapply to law school through the normal application process.

In order to be considered for acceptance and ultimately matriculate into the school of law before earning their baccalaureate degree, students must:

  1. Complete UAA’s General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees (Tier 1, Tier 2, Alaska Native-Themed GER, Diversity & Inclusion GER, and Tier 3), all specific degree requirements for their major, and a minimum of 90 semester credit hours, 30 of which must be UAA resident credits;
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate courses;
  3. Achieve a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score that is no lower than the median LSAT for the prior year’s entering class at the School of Law; and
  4. Complete all required school of law application materials and comply with all other school of law admission requirements.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to the University of Washington School of Law. Students meeting these application requirements may or may not be accepted for matriculation under the school of law's standard application review criteria.

Required
academic progress

Students who fail to receive a passing grade in each of the prescribed first-year courses at the school of law will be deemed to have withdrawn from the 3+3 program. These students must receive their baccalaureate degree from UAA before the school of law will confer a JD upon such students.

Students deemed to have withdrawn from the 3+3 program may petition to have the school of law 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 withdrawal
from law school

Students who earn a passing grade in each of the courses taken at the school of law but choose to withdraw from the law school and return to UAA to complete their baccalaureate degree may petition to have the successfully completed the school of law 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 the school of law but who is either academically excluded or withdraws from the school of law (other than an approved leave of absence) must comply with the applicable academic regulations regarding readmission to the school of law.