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BS/JD and BA/JD (3+3) Joint Programs

Podcast Highlight:

This week’s podcast discusses the combination of an undergraduate B.A. (or B.S.) and graduate J.D. Often referred to as a 3+3 program, this course of study typically takes a combined six years to complete, and allows students to earn a bachelor and law degree from either the same university or from the student’s home university and another institution the student’s home university has partnered with.

Our guests today are Ed Munn Sanchez, Associate Dean at the University of South Carolina Honors College; Allen Woll, Associate Dean at the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Honors College at Rutgers University; and Robert Schwartz, Director of the Office of Pre-professional Advisement and Fellowships at Adelphi University.

Our first guest, Ed Munn Sanchez, Associate Dean at the University of South Carolina Honors College, explains why he believes high school and college students who know they want to pursue a career in law should consider a joint degree, but he also discusses how the joint degree may not be a good option for everyone. He also discusses the benefits of USC’s joint programs.

Allen Woll, Associate Dean at the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Honors College at Rutgers University, voices opinions similar to Sanchez’s, and also points out that one of the great benefits of the 3+3 program is the ability to receive both degrees in one less year than the standard time. Woll also discusses some of the requirements for a 3+3 program, including a high GPA and (potentially) having to take the LSAT. He also makes sure to point out that, although students may be accepted into a 3+3 program straight out of high school, they still have the ability to opt-out of the program while in college, should they decide it’s not for them.

Our final guest, Robert Schwartz, Director of the Office of Pre-Professional Advisement and Fellowships at Adelphi University, believes that, although the 3+3 program can be great for students considering law school at an early age, it can have downfalls. Robert suggests that losing one year of the undergraduate college experience can be a disappointment to some. He encourages students to thoroughly think about their professional aspirations and prospects when deciding if a 3+3 program is right for them.

Guests:

Ed Munn Sanchez – Associate Dean at the University of South Carolina Honors College
Allen Woll – Associate Dean at the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Honors College at Rutgers University
Robert Schwartz – Director of the Office of Pre-Professional Advisement and Fellowships at Adelphi University

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