Sociology Legal Studies 3+2 (B.A. Sociology - Legal Studies/J.D.)

The Sociology Legal Studies program offers students an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology, from Walsh University, and Juris Doctorate (JD), from The University of Dayton School of Law in five years. The joint program requires three years of undergraduate instruction and two years of law school instruction instead of a seven-year program. After completing three years at Walsh University, students enter the University of Dayton School of Law to begin coursework toward a JD. Upon completion of three years at Walsh University and one year of law school, students are awarded a bachelor’s of art degree in Sociology Legal Studies. 

Admission Requirements

Any student wishing to apply to the 3+2 Program must satisfy the following:

* Minimum 3.50 cumulative high school GPA performance; and

* Minimum ACT score of 25 or an SAT score of 1150.

During the student’s third year of study at Walsh University, the student applies for admission to The University of Dayton School Law. Students are assured of admission to law school if they satisfy the following:

* Minimum 3.40 cumulative undergraduate GPA performance;

* Minimum LSAT score of 150.

A student enrolled in the 3+2 Program completes a minimum of 96 earned credit hours during the student’s three years of undergraduate study at Walsh University. The student then earns the minimum 29 remaining credit hours to complete the bachelor’s degree during the student’s first year of law school at The University of Dayton School of Law. Upon successful completion of all graduation requirements, the student’s Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies is awarded following the student’s fourth year of study (first year at law school) and the student’s JD is awarded following the student’s fifth year of study (second year at law school).

Undergraduate Policies

While an undergraduate student, all University and undergraduate policies apply to the student. This includes the student’s first three years of study at Walsh University.  Walsh University accepts transfer credit from the University of Dayton for the student's first year of law school and awards the Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies following the student's fourth year of study (first year at the University of Dayton) upon successful completion of all graduation requirements.

Recommended

Required

  • General Education Requirements
  • A total of 36 sem. hrs. in major
Sociology Core Courses12
SOC 101T1:Principles of Sociology3
SOC 220Social Research Methods3
BSC 221Stats for Behavioral Science3
SOC 401H2b:Sociological Theory3
Legal Studies Concentration24
BSC 301DV:Social Psychology3
BSC 360DV:Counsel/Interview Proc3
SOC 210T1:Juvenile Crime/Justice3
SOC 212T1:Criminal Justice3
SOC 305Criminology3
SOC 322Restorative Justice3
SOC ____ Applied Criminology SOC Elective3
SOC ____ Applied Criminology SOC Elective3
Legal Studies Major Transfer Credit - 29 Credit Hours
The University of Dayton School of Law Transfer Credit
Total Hours36

 *Important Note: Student must have completed a minimum of 96 credit hours upon completion of third year at Walsh in order to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree upon completion of first year of law school.

29 credit hours are transferred from the University of Dayton School of Law upon completion of the first 2 semesters at the University of Dayton. The B.A. is awarded by Walsh University.