Wilkes University and Penn State Law will allow exceptional Wilkes students to apply for acceptance into the J.D. program at Penn State Law in their junior year, allowing for completion of both their bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees in six years.
Students accepted through this program may apply course credits from their first year at Penn State Law toward requirements for the Wilkes undergraduate degree, shortening the time to complete both degrees.
Students must meet the following criteria to apply for the 3+3 program:
- Students must be in their third year of studies at Wilkes.
- Students must have completed all of Wilkes’ graduation, distribution, major and certification requirements at time of application.
- Students must have completed 75 percent of the course credits required to earn an undergraduate degree from Wilkes.
- Students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher, so long as this grade point average approximates the top 10 to 15 percent of their class.
- Students must have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and achieved a score in the top 30 percent of the national test takers. (For LSAT test-takers from 2010-2015, the 30th percentile was reflected by a score of 157.)
Students who meet the eligibility criteria must complete the Penn State Law Admissions application by March 31 of the student’s third year of undergraduate studies. Penn State retains final authority to admit students into its J.D. degree program. Students who meet eligibility criteria are not guaranteed admission.