Western Illinois University, John Marshal Law School offer 3 + 3 agreement
Western Illinois University (WIU) and John Marshall Law School (JMLS) have designed a program that allows high-performing students to complete their senior WIU year concurrently with their first year of law school.
Through the 3+3 agreement, WIU students studying English, history or political science can enter the law school after their junior year, once they take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Eligible students must have already earned at least 90 WIU semester hours plus the 30 hours required for a bachelor's degree in the aforementioned fields of study.
"This agreement is an excellent opportunity for our students to get a head start on a law degree while they are completing their undergraduate degree," WIU President Jack Thomas said in an announcement. "We look forward to working with John Marshall Law School through this innovative academic degree program."
After students complete their first year of law school at JMLS, they receive a bachelor's degree from WIU.
"This program provides an opportunity for us to collaborate in a way that will save students in the program both time and money," William B. Powers, JMLS associate dean of admissions and student affairs said. "WIU's outstanding programs are a natural fit for John Marshall's practice-ready education."
Students must work with an academic adviser to ensure all program requirements are met.
For more information on the new options, including available scholarships, email to Keith Boeckelman, head of the WIU Department of Political Science, at KA-Boeckelman@wiu.edu or Mark Mossman, head of the WIU Department of English, at MA-Mossman@wiu.edu.