Seawolf Advisory!

On Dec. 11, our Facilities and Campus Services team was made aware of a pothole that shut down the westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard between UAA Drive and Career Center Drive. It has since been upgraded to a sinkhole, and the lanes will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time while crews repair the damage. We anticipate the closure will extend through the week.

Finals week is a very stressful time for students. Students, please know that your professors have been made aware of the situation. Please communicate with them any delays you may experience due to this issue. We know this is an unexpected traffic challenge. Please take a deep breath. We want you to have a smooth and safe finals week.

UW Law Accelerated

University of Washington School of Law

Accelerated Law School Admission Program

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. 

Overview

Qualified UAA students interested in pursuing a career in the law may be admitted to University of Washington School of Law (the 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 by the school of law, the 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 the 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 complete their undergraduate degree at UAA, after which they will have the option to reapply to law school through the normal application process.

Externship

Students who are admitted to the school of law from the accelerated admission program must:
(1) participate in a legal externship at an approved organization or law firm in the State of Alaska
(2) complete a not-for-academic-credit clerkship with an approved legal organization or law firm in the State of Alaska.

Whether pursuing an externship or clerkship, students will complete a minimum of 104 hours in field work at the placement. Students will complete the externship or clerkship after completing their first or second year of law school, or during the third year of law school.

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.

Student Timeline for Completion of the Accelerated Law School Admission Program at UAA

  • Freshman Year
    • Complete admission to UAA as a baccalaureate degree-seeking student
    •  Review the requirements for participation in the program
    •  Submit an application for admission to the 3+3 program
    •  Meet with the accelerated law school admission program advisor
    •  Meet with an academic advisor in your major to develop a 3 year plan for completion of your disciplinary and general education requirements
    • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  •  Sophomore Year
    • Meet with the accelerated law school admission program advisor
    •  Meet with your advisor in your major
    •  Stay on track with your academic plan
    •  Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
    •  In the spring of your sophomore year establish a data account with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).
    •  Begin preparing for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) over the summer of your sophomore year
  • Junior Year
    •  Register for and take the early or late fall LSAT
    • Meet with the 3+3 program advisor
    •  Meet with your advisor in your major
    •  Stay on track with your academic plan
    •  Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
    •  Spring semester prepare and submit application to the school of law
  • Senior Year (at the school of law)
    • Complete first year law school curriculum
    •  Submit the school of law transcript to UAA
    •  Apply for graduation with baccalaureate degree from UAA

Program Eligibility and Application Process

Accelerated Law School Program Application