3+3 BS/Accelerated Law (J.D.) Program

Kentucky Wesleyan College and University of Louisville

The 3+3 Accelerated Law program at the University of Louisville allows eligible undergraduate students to apply to the Brandeis School of Law in their junior year. Students admitted under the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year law school courses, allowing them to graduate with both a baccalaureate degree at the end of their first year of law school from Kentucky Wesleyan College and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Louisville two years later, saving a year of tuition and related costs.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete three years ( 90 hrs) of undergraduate coursework at Kentucky Wesleyan College
  • Satisfy the general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree
  • Satisfy all major coursework requirements, or receive approval that certain first-year law courses will count toward satisfying the major’s requirements
  • Meet all other undergraduate requirements for graduation

To date the following Kentucky Wesleyan programs have approved the 3 + 3 program:   

Admission Process

Students who satisfy the above requirements may apply for admission to the Brandeis School of Law under the 3+3 program prior to completing their junior year.  Admissions requirements include

  • Submission of a completed application to Brandeis Law during the junior year prior to any deadline established by Brandeis Law for that year’s admissions cycle
  • Timely submission of scores from the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to permit the LSAT score to be considered in the application for admission.
  • Interview with a Brandeis School of Law admissions representative
  • Complete all other Brandeis School of Law admission requirements: http://www.law.louisville.edu/admissions/first-year-checklist

At the time of application to the 3+3 program and at the end of the student’s junior year, it is recommended that a typical candidate for this program will have earned an undergraduate GPA of least the median undergraduate GPA earned by the previous year’s entering law class (min. cumulative GPA 3.5).  The candidate will have also earned an LSAT score of at least the median LSAT score earned by the previous year’s entering law class. 

Coursework

The student will be considered a law student during the 4th year/1L year.  If the student fails to complete or fails the law school course it will be the decision of individual programs whether to accept any of the law school credits towards the undergraduate degree.  If the student successfully completes the 1L year the undergraduate degree is awarded at the conclusion of the 1L year, once an official transcript has been received by Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Tuition

The student will pay the Law school rate for all three years they are in the law school.  The University of Louisville has the Rachel C. and G. Wallace Thacker Scholarship to support a qualified Kentucky Wesleyan College graduate.

Thacker Scholarship

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a full-time student seeking a law degree at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
  • Recipients must be among the law school’s most highly qualified and sought-after applicants. 
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • An admissions test score in the top half nationally 
  • Preference shall be given to those students with financial need.
  • The scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. 

Benefits

$7,500 renewable scholarship to be used at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

About the Scholarship

The Rachel C. and G. Wallace Thacker Scholarship is a $7,500 annual scholarship for the primary benefit of a qualified graduate from Kentucky Wesleyan College to be used at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. The purpose of the scholarship is to attract academically talented students to the school and to provide financial aid to meet expenses that include, but are not limited to, tuition, books and course-related fees. 

The scholarship may be renewed until the time of the selected student’s graduation from the Brandeis School of Law, as long as the student remains in good standing. If the scholarship is renewed for a continuing student, a new recipient will not be selected in that year. 


Contact

Dr. Paula Dehn
Program Coordinator
Office: (270) 852-3117
pdehn@kwc.edu