Law school introduces "3+3" program with Oregon State University

Willamette University's College of Law is partnering with Oregon State University on a new joint program this fall, enabling OSU students to earn their combined bachelor's and law degrees in six years.

The program is an extention of one already offered to College of Liberal Arts students at Willamette. Through both programs, qualified students save time and money by earning both degrees in six years, instead of the usual seven.

“For the students who really know what they want to do, it’s a way of getting the degree they want at a reasonable cost,” said Law School Dean Peter Letsou. “It’s also a way of getting into the legal world one year earlier.”

Among the requirements of the OSU program are a college GPA of 3.4 or higher and a Law School Admission Test score equal to or higher than the median LSAT for the prior year’s entering class at the law school. For Willamette's program, students must be accepted as candidates before the end of their junior year and prior to applying for admission to the law school.

OSU officials said they expect as many as 25 participants to eventually enroll in its program each year. The “3+3” students must complete the same application as all law school candidates.

For more information on either program, go to the College of Law's website.