Sociology Legal Studies (3+3, 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 Akron School of Law, in six years. The joint program requires three years of undergraduate instruction and three years of law school instruction instead of a seven-year program. After completing three years at Walsh University, students enter the University of Akron School of Law to begin coursework toward a JD. Upon completion of three years at Walsh University and one year of law school, students will be awarded a bachelor’s of art degree in Sociology Legal Studies. 

Admission Requirements

Any student wishing to apply to the 3+3 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 will apply for admission to The University of Akron School Law. Students will be assured of admission to law school if they satisfy the following:

* Minimum 3.40 cumulative undergraduate GPA performance;

* Responses to the Character and Fitness questions on The University of Akron School of Law’s application that are satisfactory to the law school’s Admissions Committee; and

* Minimum LSAT score of 150.

A student enrolled in the 3+3 Program will complete a minimum of 97 earned credit hours during the student’s three years of undergraduate study at Walsh University. The student will then earn the minimum 28 remaining credit hours to complete the bachelor’s degree during the student’s first year of law school at The University of Akron School of Law. Upon successful completion of all graduation requirements, the student’s Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies will be awarded following the student’s fourth year of study (first year at The University of Akron) and the student’s JD will be awarded following the student’s sixth year of study (third year at The University of Akron).

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 will accept transfer credit from the University of Akron for the student's first year of law school and will award the Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies following the student's fourth year of study (first year at the University of Akron) upon successful completion of all graduation requirements.

Recommended

Required

  • General Education Requirements
  • A total of 42 sem. hrs. in major
Sociology Core Courses
SOC 101T1:Principles of Sociology3
or SOC 204 DV:T1:Social Problems
SOC 211Writing/Research in Sociology3
SOC 220Social Research Methods3
BSC 221Stats for Behavioral Science3
BSC 301DV:Social Psychology3
SOC 401H2b:Sociological Theory3
Legal Studies Concentration
BSC 360DV:Counsel/Interview Proc3
SOC 210T1:Juvenile Crime/Justice3
SOC 212T1:Criminal Justice3
SOC 305Criminology3
SOC 309H1:Corrections3
SOC 313-3Cap Punishment & Soc Justice3
Electives - Choose two SOC electives
SOC __
SOC __
Total Hours42
Legal Studies Major
The University of Akron School of Law Transfer Credit (28 credit hours)

*Important Note: Student must have completed a minimum of 97 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.

28 credit hours will be transferred from the University of Akron School of Law upon completion of the fourth year of the 3+3 program.  The B.A. will be awarded by Walsh University.