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  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Six-Year (3+3) Integrated B.S. /J.D. Program in Engineering or Engineering Technology and the College of Law


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Admission


The six-year integrated sequence leads to both a B.S. in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and J.D. degrees. Students who want to complete this program must identify themselves early on to the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology as majors interested in the 3+3 program with an engineering emphasis. Undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology majors who have junior standing, a minimum GPA of 3.25, and who will be within 33 credit hours of obtaining a B.S. degree in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology by the end of their junior year are eligible to apply for admission to the 3+3 program. In addition to applying for the combined degree program through the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology’s Office of the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, students must also make a separate application to the College of Law’s Office of Admissions for admission to the College of Law under the special provisions of this program. The application to the College of Law must be submitted no later than February 15 of the applicant’s junior year. As part of the application to the College of Law, applicants must take the LSAT no later than February of their junior year and must score above the 50th percentile of the previous year’s matriculating law class. Applicants meeting these criteria are not guaranteed admission to the program. Admission will be on a competitive basis and the likelihood of admission will depend on the number and quality of applicants to the program, the number and quality of applicants to the College of Law in general, as well as other factors normally considered in admissions decisions by the College of Law.

Curriculum


Students must have junior standing, a minimum GPA of 3.25, and be within 33 credit hours of obtaining a B.S. degree in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at the time of application to the program in February of their junior year. Students admitted to the program will take a minimum of 6 semester hours of engineering or engineering technology courses in the summer following their junior year and up to 6 additional semester hours of engineering courses in the summer following their senior year. Beginning with the first semester of their senior year, students will be completing their B.S. degree, taking up to six semester hours of undergraduate courses each semester, and begin taking classes in the College of Law. Once students have matriculated in the College of Law, they must have their schedules approved by the associate dean for Student Services in the College of Law every semester until they have completed all required first-year law courses. Upon completion of the senior year, students participating in the program will receive up to 9 semester hours of credit towards their B.S. degree technical elective requirements for law courses taken during their senior year. To continue in the program, students must receive their B.S. degree in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology no later than December of Year 5 (the second year of law school). Upon receipt of their B.S. degree, participating students will receive up to 6 semester hours of credit towards their J.D. degree for 400-level engineering courses. The final two years of the program will follow the standard College of Law timetable.

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