The accelerated sequence leads to either a B.S. or B.A. in sociology and the J.D. degree. Students who want to complete this program must identify themselves to the Department of Sociology as majors who will complete the 3+3 program. This program is open to all undergraduates who major in sociology and have completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work, including all requirements for the sociology B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as all general education requirements, with a minimum GPA of 3.25. Juniors who have met these standards in their B.S. or B.A. degree in sociology are eligible to 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 of the sociology B.A. or B.S. degree as well as all general education requirements by the end of their junior year. Students accepted into the College of Law pursuant to the special provisions of this program will matriculate in the College of Law in the fall of their senior year. Up to 30 hours of law 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.