The accelerated sequence leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) and the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Students who want to complete this program must identify themselves to the HDFS who will complete the 3+3 program. This program is open to all undergraduates in Family Relations, Prevention, and Wellness (FRPW) emphasis in the HDFS program and have completed at least 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work, including all requirements for the HDFS B.S. degree, as well as all general education requirements, with a minimum NIU GPA of 3.25. Students who have met these standards in their B.S. degree in HDFS in the FRPW emphasis are eligible to apply for admission to NIU’s College of Law under the special provisions of this program. As part of the application to the College of Law, applicants must take the Law School Admission Test and score at or above the 50th percentile of the previous year’s matriculating law class.
Students must complete all the requirements of FRPW emphasis in the HDFS 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.