The 3+3 fast track program allows qualified students enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program at the University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences or Beacom School of Business to begin law school early as a senior and use the first year of law school to complete their bachelor's degree. The program allows you to graduate with both a bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor in six years rather than seven, saving you time and money. Eligible undergraduate programs are those which have entered into an approved 3+3 arrangement with the Law School.
- Submit the intent form for the 3+3 program by add/drop deadline of your third semester
- Earn 90 undergraduate credits by the end of your junior year
- Meet all major, distribution and testing requirements by the end of your junior year
- Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA
- Earn a 152 on the LSAT. It is recommended you take the LSAT by December of the last year of your undergraduate classes, as law school admissions and scholarship processes begin the following January. Test scores from later LSAT dates will be accepted as the admissions process allows.
- Complete all standard admissions requirements to the USD Knudson School of Law including submission of the application and all application materials through the Credential Assembly Service no later than April 1 of the year in which you plan to enroll in the law school.
- Obtain a letter of recommendation from the chair of your department, attesting not only to your intellectual strengths, but also your maturity, work ethic and overall readiness for graduate school (in additions to the two letters of recommendation required by the law school admissions process)
- Obtain a final degree audit from the Office of the Registrar attesting that you have successfully achieved all minimum requirements (90 credits, including major, distribution and testing requirements) prior to enrolling
Meeting all requirements does not guarantee admission to the USD Knudson School of Law. All students must apply and be considered on the merits of their applications. If an applicant moderately deviates from the LSAT and GPA requirements, and demonstrates evidence of extraordinary character, leadership and maturity, we reserve the right to make an exception and grant admission in that case.
3+3 participants will pay standard undergraduate tuition and fees and receive federal financial aid under the rules for undergraduate students during the first three years as an undergraduate student. Once the student is admitted to the School of Law and begins the first-year course of study, you will be billed and receive funding as a law student. Standard financial aid as a law student includes the ability to borrow the total cost of attendance, which includes the cost of tuition and fees as well as the estimated cost of living.