Bachelor of Arts/Science and Juris Doctor Program
Prior to enrolling in the School of Law, students must have completed at least 75% of their required undergraduate credit hours plus all undergraduate degree requirements that cannot be fulfilled through completion of coursework offered by the School of Law. Upon successful completion of the first year of coursework required of full-time students at the School of Law (or at whatever later point students successfully complete at the School of Law the required number of credit hours remaining for their undergraduate degree), 3+3 students will be awarded their bachelor’s degree. Those equivalent credit hours will also count toward the 90 hours that students must earn for their Juris Doctor degree.
Credit for advanced placement, transfer, and dual credit courses are subject to the approval of each student’s undergraduate degree program. Students must complete the core curriculum requirements, thirty-six upper-level credit hours to satisfy university residency requirements (at least twelve upper-level credit hours must be in the major), and all additional graduation requirements published in their undergraduate catalog.
Student Application Process
Students should meet with pre-law advisor at Texas A&M University as soon as possible (at the latest by the completion of sixty acceptable degree program credit hours). Students must meet with their academic advisor at Texas A&M University no later than completion of sixty acceptable credit hours and must prepare a tentative degree plan for entry into the 3+3 program (all core curriculum hours, credit hours required to satisfy residency and major requirements, and graduation requirements to be included).
After completing between forty-five and sixty hours of credit, the student prepares for LSAT, takes test, and applies to the School of Law or applies to the School of Law through the “10% Rule.” The 10% Rule is a new American Bar Association Standard that allows a law school to admit up to 10% of its incoming class from its home institution without requiring those students to take the LSAT. In particular, the 10% Rule requires that the student must have scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT; and that the student must be ranked in the top 10% of their undergraduate class through six semesters of academic work or have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through six semesters of academic work.
In the fall of a student's junior year (having completed approximately sixty credit hours), students apply for admission to the School of Law through the normal law school admissions process. During the fall and spring of the student's junior year:, the School of Law admissions office interviews selected applicants and makes decision on whether to accept or deny each applicant. Successful applicants begin law school in the fall of the accepted year.
Students applying through the 3+3 program must have an undergraduate grade point ratio of at least 3.25. Each student is allowed one semester of grades below a 3.25. If a student requests to be considered for the 10% Rule, that student must have attained a 3.5 (or above) grade point ratio through six semesters.
All students applying through the 3+3 program must complete normal procedures required by the School of Law for admission (including application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and LSAT [if applicable]). In addition, those students must interview with the School of Law during the application process and submit secondary application materials designed for prospective 3+3 students.
The decision of whether to admit a student to the School of Law, including any student who has applied to or been accepted into any 3+3 program at the undergraduate level, rests exclusively with the School of Law.
Awarding of Undergraduate Degree Timeline
Students entering law school through the 3+3 program must enroll at the School of Law on a full-time basis. Their undergraduate degree will be awarded after successful completion of all coursework required for full-time, first-year law students at the TAMU School of Law (or at whatever later point students successfully complete at the School of Law the required number of credit hours remaining for their undergraduate degree), and successful completion of all undergraduate degree and graduation requirements at TAMU.
The student will be responsible for initiating graduation procedures with the Office of the Registrar to verify completion of degree requirements. The participating undergraduate department or program will complete the required degree audit, approve the necessary substitutions, and clear the student to graduate. Students accepted into the 3+3 program will be able to graduate after completion of all of their undergraduate degree and graduation requirements at TAMU, but no earlier than completion of the required first-year full-time coursework at Texas A&M University School of Law.
|Fall||Semester Credit Hours|
|LAW 7021||Criminal Law||4|
|LAW 7418||Legislation and Regulation||3|
|LAW 7001||Analysis, Research, and Writing I||3|
|Term Semester Credit Hours||14|
|LAW 7005||Civil Procedure||4|
|LAW 7002||Analysis, Research, and Writing II||3|
|Term Semester Credit Hours||15|
|Total Semester Credit Hours:||29|
Additional information about the law school’s course of study, as well as its academic rules, can be found at https://law.tamu.edu/current-students/registrar-student-services/rules-policies.