Lynn University students now can obtain a bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor in six years instead of seven through a new collaboration with St. Thomas University School of Law. The 3+3 law degree program enables students to significantly save on tuition.
The partnership was announced during a special signing ceremony today. Lynn President Kevin M. Ross, Lynn Vice President for Academic Affairs Gregg Cox, St. Thomas University President Reverend Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale and St. Thomas Law Dean and Professor of Law Alfredo Garcia were among several university officials who gathered with prospective law students to commemorate the new agreement.
"We are happy to partner with our friends at Lynn in establishing this 3+3 program," said Casale. "We recognize and value the global experience that Lynn students receive as undergraduates, and through this partnership give Lynn students the opportunity to continue that global experience at St. Thomas University School of Law, which is consistently recognized each year as one of the most diverse law schools in the country. Upon graduation from St. Thomas Law, the 3+3 students will join our thousands of graduates around the world who are leaders in their respective communities."
Students who pursue the accelerated degree will complete their first three years at Lynn and their final three years at St. Thomas Law. The 30 credits earned during the first year at St. Thomas Law will be applied toward completion of the Lynn bachelor's degree.
Undergraduate students interested in attending Lynn and obtaining their J.D. must apply and be admitted to one of several degree programs that are approved for 3+3 law. Applicable degree programs include, but are not limited to: Aviation Management, Communication and Emerging Media, Criminal Justice, Entrepreneurship, International Business Management, Political Science and Hospitality Management. In their junior year at Lynn, students must also apply and be admitted to St. Thomas Law's J.D. program.
"Our partnership with St. Thomas Law provides access to a legal education at a more affordable price," said Ross. "Lynn students enrolled in the program can save up to one year of tuition—approximately $46,000—and will have access to scholarships."
St. Thomas Law will automatically award a $5,000 scholarship annually to any Lynn student who is part of the program. Additionally, a student who completes his or her first year at St. Thomas Law and is ranked in the top 25 percent of the class, is eligible to receive a merit scholarship ranging from $5,000–$33,000.
St. Thomas Law will work closely with any 3+3 law student and their Lynn adviser to ensure he or she is on the right track to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and makes a smooth transition into the J.D. program, if admitted.