Joint Degree Program Applicants

The College of Law offers two joint-degree programs, the 3+3 Program (BA/JD) and the JD/MBA, both designed to help students achieve their graduate education goals while controlling student debt.

3+3 Program (BA/JD)

The 3+3 Program allows students to complete a bachelor's degree and law degree in six years rather than the usual seven.

Willamette University College of Law partners with five undergraduate universities to offer the 3+3 Program: Willamette University, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Oregon State University, OSU Cascades, and Portland State University. Program requirements differ, so please check the information below for the partner school you're interested in attending.

Admission to the 3+3 Program does not guarantee admission to the College of Law. Applicants must apply to the law school through the JD application process.

To qualify for the BA/JD program, students must meet admissions requirements for the undergraduate school and the College of Law.

Requirements for 3+3 Program

  • Score a combined minimum of 1950 on the SAT or a composite of 29 on the ACT.
  • Achieve a minimum high school GPA of 3.5
  • Apply to be a candidate for the combined 3+3 program during your first two years at Willamette.
  • Interview in person with the CLA program advisor.
  • Apply to the College of Law by the end of your junior year. JD Application Process
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 by the end of your junior year.
  • Take the LSAT and achieve a score that is no lower than the current median of the College of Law's most recent entering class.

Note: Acceptance as a candidate for the 3+3 Program does not guarantee admission to the College of Law. Participants will need to take the LSAT and follow the JD application instructions. Careful scheduling is required during your undergraduate years to meet your course requirements for this program, so early enrollment is beneficial. Your bachelor’s degree will be awarded after you have successfully completed your first year of legal studies.

Students interested in applying for the 3+3 Program will be required to meet with the CLA program advisor, Gretchen Moon.

Willamette CLA Advisor
Gretchen Moon, Associate Dean
Smullin Hall 155
(503) 370-6737
gmoon@willamette.edu

UAA students can be admitted to the proposed program anytime during the first two years of undergraduate study. At the end of their third year, contingent upon completion of UAA's General Education requirements for all Baccalaureate Degrees and the disciplinary requirements for their chosen baccalaureate program, qualified students may be admitted to the Willamette University College of Law, where their first-year law courses will be counted as up to 31 credited of upper-division elective requirements for their UAA bachelor’s degrees. Students should apply for to the College of Law by following the JD Application Process.

After completing the additional two years at Willamette, participating students will have completed both the Bachelor and JD degrees in six years (three years enrolled at UAA and three years enrolled at Willamette University College of Law).

Requirements for admission are:

  • Minimum high school or UAA GPA of 3.4;
  • A submitted essay describing the student’s reason for applying to the program, why the student will succeed in an accelerated program and an outline of the student's intended major and plan for completing the general education and disciplinary credits by the end of their junior year;
  • Submission of the student's current undergraduate transcript;
  • Students interested in applying for this program will be required to meet with UAA program advisor, Kristin Knudsen, UAA Justice Center, (907) 786-1125, kknudsen@alaska.edu, during their first two years at UAA.

Students in the program apply for admission to the Willamette University College of Law during the junior year of their undergraduate work.

By the end of that year, baccalaureate/law students must:

  • Complete all General Education requirements for all baccalaureate degrees (Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3);
  • Complete all disciplinary requirements for the major;
  • Complete a minimum of 89 semester credit hours, 30 of which must be UAA resident credits;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher;
  • Achieve a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score in their junior year that is no lower than the median LSAT for the prior year’s entering class of the Willamette University College of Law; and
  • Complete all required College of Law application materials and comply with all other College of Law admission requirements.

UAA Program Advisor
Kristin Knudsen
Assistant Professor
UAA Justice Center
Anchorage, Alaska
(907) 786-1125
kknudsen@alaska.edu

OSU students can be admitted to the program anytime during their first two years of undergraduate study. At the end of their third year, contingent upon completion of all degree requirements for a BA or BS degree in a program in the OSU College of Liberal Arts (with the exception of 45 hours of upper-division electives), qualified students may be admitted to the Willamette University College of Law, where their first-year law courses will satisfy the elective requirements for their OSU bachelor’s degrees.

After completing the additional two years at Willamette, participating students will have completed both the Bachelor's and JD degrees in six years (three years enrolled at OSU and three years enrolled at Willamette University College of Law).

Requirements for admission are:

  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1950 or composite ACT score of 29;
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5;
  • A submitted essay describing the student’s reason for applying to the program and why the student will succeed in an accelerated program;
  • An in-person interview with the Bachelors/Law Program Admission Committee demonstrating the qualities of maturity, focus, and discipline required of program participants; and
  • Participation in a Bachelors/Law Program orientation session.
  • Students interested in applying for this program will be required to meet with Jason Tanenbaum, Pre-Law Advisor, Gilkey Hall 301, (541) 737-3663, jason.tanenbaum@oregonstate.edu, during their first two years at OSU.

Students in the program apply for admission to the Willamette University College of Law during the junior year of their undergraduate work.

By the end of that year, baccalaureate/law students must:

  • Complete all requirements for a major in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts;
  • Complete all requirements for the Baccalaureate Core and the CLA Core;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher;
  • Complete the equivalent of 135 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits as admitted students at Oregon State University immediately prior to entering Willamette University College of Law;
  • Achieve a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score in their junior year that is no lower than the median LSAT for the prior year’s entering class of the Willamette University College of Law; and
  • Complete all required College of Law application materials and comply with all other College of Law admission requirements.

OSU Program Advisor
Jason Tanenbaum
Pre-Law Advisor
301 Gilkey Hall
Corvallis, Oregon
(541) 737-3663
jason.tanenbaum@oregonstate.edu

OSU Cascades students can be admitted to the program anytime during their first two years of undergraduate study. At the end of their third year, contingent upon completion of all degree requirements for a BA or BS degree in a program in the OSU Cascades College of Liberal Arts (with the exception of 45 hours of upper-division electives), qualified students may be admitted to the Willamette University College of Law, where their first-year law courses will satisfy the elective requirements for their OSU Cascades bachelor’s degrees.

After completing the additional two years at Willamette, participating students will have completed both the bachelor's and JD degrees in six years (three years enrolled at OSU and three years enrolled at Willamette University College of Law).

Requirements for admission are:

  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1950 or composite ACT score of 29;
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5;
  • A submitted essay describing the student’s reason for applying to the program and why the student will succeed in an accelerated program;
  • An in-person interview with the Bachelors/Law Program Admission Committee demonstrating the qualities of maturity, focus, and discipline required of program participants; and
  • Participation in a Bachelors/Law Program orientation session.
  • Students interested in applying for this program will be required to meet with Neil Browne, associate professor, Tykeson Hall 302E, (541) 322-3129, neil.browne@osucascades.edu, during their first two years at OSU Cascades.

Students in the program apply for admission to the Willamette University College of Law during the junior year at OSU Cascades.

By the end of that year, baccalaureate/law students must:

  • Complete all requirements for a major in OSU Cascade's College of Liberal Arts;
  • Complete all requirements for the Baccalaureate Core and the CLA Core;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher;
  • Complete the equivalent of 135 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits as admitted students at OSU Cascades immediately prior to entering Willamette University College of Law;
  • Achieve a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score in their junior year that is no lower than the median LSAT for the prior year’s entering class of the Willamette University College of Law; and
  • Complete all required College of Law application materials and comply with all other College of Law admission requirements.

OSU Cascades Program Advisor
Neil Browne
Associate Professor
1500 SW Chandler Ave.
Bend, Oregon
(541) 322-3129
neil.browne@osucascades.edu

Portland State University students can earn a BA or BS degree and a law degree from Willamette University College of Law in a total of six years. PSU students may be admitted to the 3+3 Program anytime during their first two years of undergraduate study.

At the end of their third year at PSU, having completed all degree requirements for an identified BA or BS degree in a program in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or College of Urban and Public Affairs (with the exception of 45 hours of upper-division electives), qualified students may be admitted to Willamette Law. The student’s first-year law courses will satisfy the elective requirements for the PSU degree. After completing the additional two years in law school, participating students will have completed both the bachelor's and JD degrees in six years (three years enrolled at PSU and three years enrolled in Willamette Law).

Requirements for admission are:

  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1950 or composite ACT score of 29;
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5;
  • A essay submitted during the student’s first two years at PSU describing the reasons for applying to the program and the capacities that will enable the student’s success in an accelerated program;
  • An in-person interview with the Program Admission Committee, which will consist of the PSU pre-law advisor, the student's major advisor at PSU, and the director of admissions at Willamette University College of Law, demonstrating the qualities of maturity, focus, and discipline required of program participants; and
  • Participation in a Baccalaureate/Law Program orientation session.
  • Students interested in applying for this program will be required to meet with Tim Garrison, pre-law advisor, (503) 725-3978, tim.garrison@pdx.edu, during their first two years at Portland State University.

Students in the program apply for admission to the Willamette University College of Law during the junior year at PSU.

By the end of that year, baccalaureate/law students must:

  • Complete all requirements for an eligible major in PSU's College of Liberal Arts or College of Urban and Public Affairs;
  • Complete all requirements for University Studies;
  • Complete all general education and baccalaureate requirements, except for total credits, for the BA or BS degree;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher;
  • Complete the equivalent of 135 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits as admitted students at PSU immediately prior to matriculating at Willamette Law;
  • Achieve a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score in their junior year that is no lower than the median LSAT for Willamette University College of Law; and
  • Complete all required College of Law application materials and comply with all other College of Law admission requirements.

Portland State University Program Advisor
Tim Garrison
Pre-Law Advisor
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 725-3978tim.garrison@pdx.edu


JD/MBA Applicants

The JD/MBA is a four-year program combining the resources of the Willamette University College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management in two professional degrees: the Juris Doctor and the Master of Business Administration.

Applicants to the JD/MBA Program should apply to the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management separately. Admission to one does not guarantee admission to the other.

How to Apply

To apply for admission to Willamette University College of Law, an applicant must complete the JD application process.

When to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications far before the final March 1 deadline. Students who wish to be considered for scholarships should apply as early as possible. Willamette begins sending out admission and scholarship decisions in early January of the enrollment year.

Please note, applications will continue to be accepted following the priority deadline so long as there are seats available in the upcoming first-year class. If you have questions, please contact the Admission Office directly by phone: (503) 370-6282 or by email at law-admissions@willamette.edu.