The six-year integrated sequence leads to both the B.S. or B.A. in Political Science and J.D. degrees. Students who want to complete this program must identify themselves to the Political Science Department as majors who will complete the 3+3 Program with a Politics Emphasis. This program is open to all undergraduates who major in Political Science and have completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.25. Juniors who have met these standards in their B.S. or B.A. degree in Political Science must also apply for admission to NIU’s 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.
Students must complete all the requirements for the Political Science B.A. or B.S. degrees as well as all general education requirements (90 credit hours in total) by the end of their junior year. Beginning with the first semester of their senior year, students will start taking classes at the College of Law. These courses will count toward the final 30 credits of the undergraduate degree. The final two years of the program will follow the standard College of Law timetable.