Integrated bachelor & juris doctor degree
NAU’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers this option for students
The “three-three” program jointly entered into by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (James E. Rogers College of Law) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) allows qualified students to save tuition costs and obtain a head start in completing their juris doctor degree by earning a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years instead of seven. Selected students who qualify for the program will start law school after their junior year at NAU in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and will receive their bachelor’s degree from NAU at the conclusion of their first year of study at the James E. Rogers College of Law. The program enables students to skip one year of undergraduate study by applying the units obtained during the first year of law study toward satisfaction of their bachelor degree course requirements. Students in the Program will be eligible to obtain their juris doctor degree after another two years of law study following the jointly-credited first year of law study.
Administration of the program
- NAU will select students for entry into the program at the undergraduate level, using as its criteria the assessment of a student’s SAT scores, grades, reference letters, and/or student interest and aptitude for the rigors of the program and the eventual study of law.
- At the end of their junior year, students must have earned a minimum of 90 credits with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average, must have satisfied all requirements for a major or minor other than those that will be satisfied by completion of the units encompassed by the first year of law study, and must achieve a one-time or average score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) that is no lower than the median LSAT score for the prior year’s entering class at the James E. Rogers College of Law.
- Students satisfying the criteria set forth under number 2 above, and who are furthermore recommended for enrollment by the NAU unit chair/director or designated coordinator of the 3+3 program at NAU, shall be deemed presumptively eligible for admission to the James E. Rogers College of Law the following year. Students will be required to submit an application (fee is waived) through the Law School Admissions Council. Such students should be denied admission only for exceptional reasons, including, but not limited to, serious character and fitness issues, and only after conferral by the Dean of Admissions of the James E. Rogers College of Law and the director of the NAU 3+3 program.