These Students are on the Six-Year Plan

'3+3' programs allow undergraduates bent on going to law school to shave an entire year off their baccalaureate programs.

, The National Law Journal


Programs like 3+3, which essentially shave a year off the undergraduate degree and allows participants to earn both bachelor's and juris doctor degrees in six years, have been cropping up with increasing frequency during the past two years as competition for law students has stiffened.

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Originally appeared in print as They're on the Six-Year Plan

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  • BCReed

    Wow! Shaving off a whole year. How about we shave off the other three? Law School should be have a Bachelors degree program, ie JB not JD, that allows you to then take the bar. They already do it in the UK and in other countries practicing common law. The doctorate program could then advance into even more sophisticated practice areas. Think general practice physician training vs. a surgeon's training. Those wanting to standout from their peers could go into the doctorate program and those wanting to start practicing as soon as possible could just get their bachelors. There is very little rationale for requiring three years of college prior to law school. Some say it is so they can be trained in a field prior to law school but with a bachelors program in law they could double major. Some say it is so they will be older and more mature, but people can do college in high school now thus this argument is being diminished, if not eliminated.

    This is the more for less challenge for law schools. More education and less years to obtain it at a lower monetary expense than previous generations had to endure.

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