NAU pre-law JD program
Bachelor/Juris Doctor 3+3 program
Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law participate in a joint program which allows outstanding students to substitute their final year of undergraduate studies with their first year of law school and earn an undergraduate (BS or BA) and law (JD) degree in six years instead of seven years. Read more in the academic catalog, policy #100116.
How to apply
Prepare your graduation timeline with your Academic Advisor Accordion Closed
Students must complete all undergraduate degree requirements with a minimum of 90 units with a 3.3 GPA or higher by the end of their junior year. The first year of juris doctor required coursework (30 units) substitutes for the final year of undergraduate study (minimum 120 total units). Upon successful completion of the first year of study at the James E. Rogers College of Law, students will be awarded their undergraduate degree from NAU.
What does this mean to you as the student?
Work with your academic advisor to ensure you will complete all requirements to graduate with your NAU degree by the end of your junior year, with the exception of general electives needed to earn the required 120-units for graduation. This includes major requirements, liberal studies requirements, junior level writing coursework, capstone, etc. Please keep in mind your program of study may also require internship hours, or experiential work.
The first year of juris doctor required coursework will substitute for the general electives in your major.
Be sure to review the sample of NAU pre-law courses to consider when preparing for law school.
Schedule an appointment with your advisor to discuss your academic plan.
Complete our quick survey to share your information with us, and we will contact you with information regarding pre-law events and opportunities at NAU.
Apply for an NAU recommendation to the Bachelor/Juris Doctor 3+3 program Accordion Closed
Complete the Bachelor / Juris Doctor 3+3 program application to be considered for a recommendation from NAU for admittance to the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. Your completed application should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, a successful recommendation from NAU does not guarantee acceptance into the UA College of Law.
Students will apply to the UA College of Law between September and May of their Junior year. Applications for NAU recommendation are reviewed once a year during the spring term for the next year of applicants. Deadlines for submission of applications is March 1st. Please keep this in mind as you plan your application submission timeline.
Complete admissions requirements to the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law Accordion Closed
There are a handful of admission requirements you need to familiarize yourself with to have a comprehensive application. This includes completing the LSAT or GRE among other things.
UA College of Law accepts either the LSAT or GRE, as long as the score was earned within five years of the expected date of entry into law school. You can find resources and test prep information at NAU’s Academic Success Centers for support in preparing and completing one of these tests.
Apply to the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law Accordion Closed
Students apply to the UA College of Law between September and May of their junior year. All entrance requirements can be found on the UA College of Law website.
NAU students will complete the traditional application and indicate their interest in the NAU Bachelor/Juris Doctor 3+3 program in their application. NAU will submit your recommendation to UA on your behalf.
Completing your degree at NAU
After your first year of law school the University of Arizona Registrar will send official transcripts to NAU’s Office of the Registrar. Coursework will be applied to your student record and upon review of degree requirements met, a bachelor’s degree is conferred.
It is recommended that you follow up on this process with UA after grades have finalized at the end of your first year to ensure transcripts have been sent to NAU.