About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD
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Our 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD is designed for outstanding USC undergraduates interested in attending USC Gould. You will be able to complete your undergraduate and law school studies in six years instead of the usual seven, saving you a year of tuition and fees, and helping you fast-track your career. The accelerated degree pathway is open to all majors.
You apply for the Accelerated Bachelor/JD as a junior, and you must have completed the requirements for your major by the end of your junior year. The only remaining units may be upper-division elective courses, and no more than 8 units total. The remaining unit requirements may be satisfied by the following, in order of preference:
- Waiver from your undergraduate discipline
- Substitution with a 1L law school course
- Summer school courses which must be taken before the 1L year of law school
By the end of the first year of law school, you must have earned your bachelor's degree. Preference is given to students who will complete their undergraduate degrees prior to beginning law school.
You must maintain a 3.80 cumulative grade point average until your bachelor's degree completion. The LSAT is not required.
Students are required to have taken either the SAT or ACT test, and earned a score at or above the 85th percentile in the SAT Critical Reading or ACT Reading portion of the test. Those who do not possess a score, or do not fall into the 85th percentile, are not eligible to apply to this program.
Applicants for the 2018 term are not required to take the LSAT. However, if you have already taken the LSAT or decide to do so after applying, please note that we will take your LSAT score into consideration when reviewing your file.
Before you apply, schedule an appointment through the USC Dornsife Advising Office with a pre-law advisor to determine your remaining degree requirements and the likelihood of completing your degree in three years. Also ensure that your Student Academic Record System (STARS) report — which reflects your academic progress toward your degree — is up to date and includes all necessary course substitutions and waivers.
After you have met with your pre-law advisor:
- Contact Associate Director of Admissions Amy Stevens to schedule an appointment and obtain an application.
- Register and create an account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) so USC Gould can receive a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report on your behalf.
- Request two to three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be academic in nature.
- Have your transcripts (from all schools attended) sent directly to the USC Gould Admissions Office.
- Follow the instructions on the application for delivering your completed package — including your personal statement and résumé — either in person or via email as a PDF attachment.
USC Gould does not accept applications for the 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD degree that are submitted via LSAC.
An interview is required as part of the application process.
Learn more about the dates and deadlines for the 3+3 Accelerated Bachelor/JD degree.
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