Notre Dame College Offers Accelerated Undergraduate, Law Degree Program

Notre Dame College now is offering undergraduates the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six rather than the traditional seven-plus years.

The College’s new 3+3 accelerated degree program with Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law comes on the heels of Notre Dame’s co-curricular prelaw moot court team qualifying for national competitions and hosting national sessions of its own.

Beginning in 2017, Notre Dame students who meet requirements can have the final year of their undergraduate studies coincide with their first year of the J.D. program. Those who complete successfully will earn their undergraduate degree from Notre Dame after the completion of their first year of law school studies.

Most students complete their bachelor’s degrees after four or five years of undergraduate studies and then spend three years in law school. Notre Dame undergraduates who are eligible can earn both degrees in six years.

Prelaw Moot Court Program

The College is awaiting decisions regarding the awarding of at-large bids to national moot court competitions for this year. Notre Dame has placed at least one pair of students in national tournaments the past two years.

This fall Notre Dame and its undergraduate moot court team also hosted its second oral legal argument competition training tournament, after the first produced 10 national and 24 regional qualifiers. The College’s annual Undergraduate Collegiate Moot Court Scrimmage is staged at Cleveland State University and draws participants from across the country.

This year the Notre Dame moot court team of students George Kennett and Nick Joughin came in 10th out of 36 teams at regional competitions in Michigan. Notre Dame’s other two moot court teams finished in 24th and 26th place at regionals.

Kennett and Joughin defeated teams from schools such as University of Virginia, SUNY Buffalo State, University of Chicago, Cedarville University and Denison University before being knocked out by the College of Wooster, which recently won a national moot court title and has finished second in the country multiple times in the past few years.

The co-curricular moot court program at Notre Dame is in its fifth year of existence. The College teams also train each year on campus with members of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees and other area attorneys, judges and law professors evaluating and mentoring the undergraduates.

Related Articulation Agreements

Notre Dame has an articulation agreement in place with Lorain County Community College offering an undergraduate degree program in Pre-law/English. The College also is a partner in Lakeland Community College’s Holden Center, offering an undergraduate business degree with a sports management emphasis and a master's in national security and intelligence studies.

The College has an articulation agreement with Lakeland for its computer graphics/gaming program and a dual admission program with Cuyahoga Community College.

Notre Dame also has an articulation agreement with North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio, and is in discussions about establishing a similar partnership with Stark State College in Canton, Ohio.

Other Dual Degree Options

This 3+3 dual bachelor’s and law degree is one of the first accelerated advanced degree programs at Notre Dame..

The College also offers students majoring in mathematics or science a binary program with Case Western Reserve University. At the conclusion of the engineering degree requirements at Case Western, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve. The program takes a minimum of five years, generally three years of study at Notre Dame and two more at Case Western Reserve.

The agreement between Notre Dame and Cleveland State’s law school represents the fourth 3+3 partnership Cleveland-Marshall has established. Cleveland State became the first Ohio law school to offer a 3+3 program after the Supreme Court of Ohio adopted amendments to the Government of the Bar of Ohio in 2014 that eliminate the requirement that students complete a bachelor’s degree before enrolling in law school.

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Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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