Freshman to law degree in six years: PSU and Willamette Law announce new 3+3 Program

by Willamette University College of Law and Portland State University,

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    PSU and Willamette Law announce new 3+3 program

Willamette University College of Law and Portland State University are launching a new 3+3 Program, allowing students to earn both an undergraduate and law degree (BA/JD) in six years, rather than the traditional seven.

“This accelerated degree program with Portland State has created a new opportunity for ambitious students to pursue their academic goals in a more efficient and affordable way,” said Willamette Law Dean Curtis Bridgeman.

The 3+3 Program is an accelerated curriculum for students who want to complete their education more quickly, reducing costs and student loan debt at a time when the cost of higher education is a matter of increasing concern. Willamette Law added the partnership with Portland State to its already existing 3+3 programs with Willamette University College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Students participating in the program will spend their first three years enrolled in undergraduate courses at PSU fulfilling their general education requirements as well as the requirements of their chosen majors and minors. Upon admission, students begin law school courses in their fourth year. Credits earned in the first year of law school will apply to their bachelor’s degree as elective credits.

“We are excited to provide PSU students who know they are interested in law with a clear pathway to achieve their future career goal,” said Tim Garrison, professor of history and pre-law coordinator at Portland State University.

The PSU/Willamette Law 3+3 program is now open. Rising juniors at PSU can take the LSAT and apply for entry to Willamette Law in fall of 2017 if they meet the course requirements. For more information on how to enroll please contact Garrison at or the Willamette Law Admissions Office at

About Portland State University (PSU)

Oregon’s public urban research university, recognized for excellence in sustainability and community engagement, is located in the heart of downtown Portland. PSU's motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and it offers more than 200 degrees with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects.

About Willamette University College of Law

Opened in 1883, Willamette University College of Law is the first law school in the Pacific Northwest. The college has a long tradition at the forefront of legal education and is committed to the advancement of knowledge through excellent teaching, scholarship, mentoring and experience. Leading faculty, thriving externship and clinical law programs, ample practical skills courses, and a proactive career placement office prepare Willamette law students for today's legal job market. According to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association, Willamette ranks first in the Pacific Northwest for job placement for full-time, long-term, JD-preferred/JD-required jobs for the class of 2014 and first in Oregon for the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. Located across the street from the state capitol complex and the Oregon Supreme Court in downtown Salem, the college specializes in law and government, law and business, and dispute resolution.

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