Undergraduate students at UT can now earn both a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years, one year less than what is normally required.
UT 3+3 is a new accelerated degree program offered by UT’s College of Law and College of Arts and Sciences. In the program, students complete three years of approved undergraduate coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences. Following their third year, participating students admitted to the College of Law become full-time first-year law students.
The first year of law study will count toward a student’s law degree and also toward the completion of his or her bachelor’s degree. Two additional years of law study follow, after which the student earns a Juris Doctor degree.
“UT Law offers an excellent legal education at a great value, and our 3+3 program will make law school an even more affordable option for UT students by saving them a full year of tuition,” said Melanie D. Wilson, dean of the College of Law. “We’re excited to welcome some of UT’s most talented undergraduates to our community of future attorneys and leaders.”
UT’s College of Arts and Sciences has long offered preprofessional programs for undergraduate students who plan to continue their education in the fields of health, law, teaching, and veterinary medicine.
“The new UT 3+3 program creates the first preprofessional major in the college with a concentration in law,” said Theresa Lee, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We’re delighted to partner on this accelerated program which graduates students sooner from UT Law and gets them into the workforce earlier—a benefit for the students, their families, the university, and the state of Tennessee.”
In addition, during their first year of law school, UT 3+3 students will be eligible for undergraduate financial awards, including the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship or a federal Pell grant.
For more information about UT 3+3, including academic requirements, visit law.utk.edu/3plus3.
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