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3+3 Law Program

Is a law degree your goal? Make it happen with our 3+3 Law Program.

​​​The 3+3 Law Program is designed for qualified undergraduate students to have the opportunity to accelerate and earn both a bachelor’s and juris doctor degree in just six years. In today’s highly competitive academic and professional worlds, the advantages of the 3+3 Program are significant.

What are the advantages of a 3+3 program?

A 3+3 Program saves you time and money.  It enables you to save one academic year of your undergraduate education. It also saves you a full year’s undergraduate fees and living expenses.  In addition, students who meet the program requirements will avoid the time, effort, and expense of applying to multiple law schools. Lastly, the program allows you to enter your chosen career one year earlier with potential scholarships with the partnered law school.

How does this work?

Notre Dame College students must meet minimum academic requirements to be considered for acceptance into the program at one of our partner schools. After completing three years as an undergraduate and gaining admission to the law school through the specified process, a 3+3 Program participant will become a full-time, first-year law student rather than returning to their undergraduate campus for a “senior year.” A 3+3 Accelerated Program participant will follow the usual course of study for full-time, first-year law students.

Upon successful completion of the first year of law study, the credits earned will be counted toward the JD degree and as elective credits sufficient to complete their undergraduate university’s requirements for the bachelor’s degree.



Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Located in Cleveland, the 120-year-old Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is known for its inclusivity and diversity. It was the first law school in Ohio to admit women and one of the first in the state to admit minorities. The institution is known for using state-of-the-art litigation technology via its Trial Courtroom; offers a Solo Law Practice Incubator to assist students with entrepreneurial interests; and offers practical applications of classroom studies through clinics, externships and engagement with thought leaders.

Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

Founded in 1885, the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law is known for developing students into ethical, competent and responsible professionals using innovative and collaborative learning techniques. Its clinical placements are distinguished by client interaction and courtroom hours. It also prides itself on a supportive community filled with professional mentors and teamwork among classmates.


Questions? If you are an interested student, complete the interest form and you will be contacted for additional information and a formal application. Please contact Dr. Eric Matthews for more information.

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