New program will give liberal arts students the option to shorten time to law degree

  • Sept. 15, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS -- A new option is being offered to students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis hoping to study law: an accelerated dual-degree program that enables students to earn a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Liberal Arts and a Juris Doctor from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

"IU McKinney School of Law is pleased to offer this new program, which will help enable some of the university's most outstanding students from liberal arts to pursue a law degree here in Indianapolis," said McKinney School Dean Andrew R. Klein.

Under the accelerated program, students would earn a bachelor's and a law degree in six years instead of the standard seven years, allowing them to enter the workforce a year earlier and save about $10,000 in undergraduate tuition.

The dual-degree program capitalizes on the nature of the major courses students would take. The B.A. in Law in Liberal Arts offers a scaled-down version of some of the courses offered in the first year of law school. Students in the dual-degree program would take these courses as a first-year law student. 

For example, a traditional Law in Liberal Arts student takes legal writing, constitutional law, criminal law and tort law. The dual-degree student would take these courses during the first year of law school. There is no duplication of coursework in the dual-degree program.

To be eligible for the dual-degree program, students must apply by Nov. 1 and be freshmen who meet certain eligibility requirements, including a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher and having scored at the 50th percentile or higher on the SAT or ACT.

During their junior year at IUPUI, these students, who must meet certain other eligibility requirements including a college GPA of 3.2 or higher and a score of at least 149 on the Law School Admission Test, will apply to the McKinney School of Law, which will make the final admission decision. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the LSAT in June prior to starting their junior year, as a final LSAT score must be submitted by the Nov. 1 application deadline.

For more information, students may attend an information session at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Cavanaugh Hall (Room CA209) or contact professor Erin Engels, BA/JD advisor, at or 317-278-0442. Students should RSVP for the information session to