Stay a Bearcat
Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat. As a UC undergrad you've benefited from an unparalleled experience-based education. As a UC Law student, you'll push even further through guaranted legal externships, clinics, fellowships, and more. We are happy to offer UC students unique pathways to obtain a Juris Doctor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Learn more below.
Double Bearcat Direct Admission
The Double Bearcat Direct Admission Program allows highly qualified University of Cincinnati undergraduate students to waive the LSAT application requirement when applying to the University of Cincinnati College of Law. UC undergraduates who meet each of the following criteria may seek direct admission to Cincinnati Law:
- Earned an ACT or SAT score at or above the 85th percentile (not Nationally Representative Sample percentile) during the cycle in which they completed the exam; and
- Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.69 or higher after completing at least six semesters of academic coursework at the University of Cincinnati; and
- Have not already taken the LSAT.
Please note, satisfying these criteria does not guarantee admission. UC students considering this option must apply online through LSAC by the suggested application deadline (March 15) of their anticipated enrollment year. Aside from the LSAT requirement, all other admission requirements must be met. Additionally, an original copy of the ACT or SAT score must be on record with UC. Students who have already taken the LSAT may apply through our standard admissions process.
UC 3+3 Program
Save time. Save money. Earn your Bachelors and JD in just six years.
UC Law's 3+3 program provides UC students the opportunity to start law school in their fourth year, finishing both undergrad and law school in just six years, versus the standard seven years. Save a year’s tuition and jumpstart your legal career!
Application to the 3+3 program begins with a meeting with an assigned adviser, preferably during freshman year. All major requirements and the A&S Core must be completed before beginning Law School; so careful advising is necessary. To apply to the University of Cincinnati College of Law for the 3+3 Law Program, students must be in their junior year at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in one of these programs in the College of Arts and Sciences:
|Africana Studies||International Affairs|
|Biological Chemistry – BA||Judaic Studies|
|English||Psychology – BA|
|Environmental Studies - BA, BS||Sociology|
NOTE: The 3+3 Law Program is not a guaranteed admission program; 3+3 Law candidates are considered alongside UC College of Law's regular pool of applicants. UC students considering this option must apply online through LSAC by the suggested application deadline (March 15) of their anticipated enrollment year.
Accelerated B.S. in Engineering and J.D. Degree
The College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) and the College of Law offers an accelerated degree program providing UC engineering students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science in any CEAS undergraduate discipline and a Juris Doctorate in Law in an accelerated time frame. Similar to existing ACCEND programs, students are required to meet all requirements of the undergraduate degree program and all the requirements of the graduate degree program. There is no overlap of credits or cross-credits. Students must complete the requirements for both degrees independently.
Admission considerations - Students in CEAS with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better and who are on track (or ahead) in the undergraduate curriculum will be eligible for the program and can apply after completing two academic semesters. Students must also apply to the JD program and may do so after completing 90 undergraduate credits. Those students with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or better are exempt from submitting LSAT scores. To be admitted into the ACCEND program, candidates must complete the ACCEND application and obtain the required signatures from their UG Program Director / Academic Advisor, Graduate Program Director, and the CEAS Manager of ACCEND.
There is no overlap of credits or cross-credits. Students will have to complete the requirements for both degrees independently. Thus, a student will have a minimum of 120 undergraduate credits and a minimum of 90 graduate credits to obtain the two degrees.
Questions? Contact the College of Law Admissions Office at 513-556-0078 or firstname.lastname@example.org