English Major: Law 3+3 Option B.A.

UNH English and Law student
English Major: Law 3+3 Option B.A.

Program Overview

What is the English/law 3+3 option?

If you’re interested in law school, our English/law 3+3 degree program offers the possibility of earning both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six – rather than seven – years of study. After completing three years as an undergraduate and gaining admission to the UNH Law School through the approved process, you will become a full-time first-year law student. After your first year of law study, the credits you earn will count toward the J.D. degree and as credits sufficient to complete UNH's requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Why study English/law at UNH?

UNH boasts both an excellent English program and a highly-ranked law school. Experience the ease and convenience of completing both degrees at one institution, as well as the savings in both time and money that this accelerated track offers. English study is excellent preparation for law school and a successful law career.

Potential careers

  • Business executive
  • Communications specialist
  • Editor
  • Government consultant
  • Lawyer
  • Publisher
  • Writer

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Curriculum & Requirements

The 3+3 program offers highly motivated UNH undergraduate students of English the possibility to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six, rather than seven, years of study. After completing three years as an undergraduate and gaining admission to the UNH Law School through the approved process, the 3+3 program participant will become a full-time first-year law student. Upon successful completion of the first year of law study, the credits earned will be counted toward the JD degree and as elective credits sufficient to complete UNH's requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Eligibility and Admission Process

STEP ONE: Application to the 3+3 English/Law B.A./JD option

Students apply to the program either when they submit their applications to UNH, selecting the English/JD option on the online application, OR after they are admitted to U NH, by applying directly to the English Department’s “English/Law 3+3 Committee.” In both cases, undergraduate applicants must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the English major.

Students applying at the time of admission to UNH will typically present the following high school credentials:

  • A 3.5 GPA in high school (UNH recalculates high school GPA’s to a 4.0 weighted scale)
  • A rigorous high school curriculum defined as the following:
    • 4 years of college prep (CP) or higher English
    • 4 years of CP or higher mathematics
    • 4 years of CP or higher social studies/history
    • Completed at least level 3 of a foreign language
    • 3 or more years of CP or higher laboratory sciencs.
  • A recommended score of 1200 or better (combined Math and Verbal) on the SAT or a 29 on the ACT.

Currently enrolled UNH students applying to the program must:

  • Have a 3.5 GPA in college courses at the time of application.The English Department Committee governing admission to the 3+3 program will also consider past SAT scores, maturity, and the abilitly to complete a highly demanding program of study based on performance thus far.
  • For both groups, it is important to note that satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission to this program. The review process is holistic (meaning all parts of the application carry weight and influence the final decision) and other components of the application will influence any admission decisions. Available space within the program will also influence who is admitted and how many students can be accepted.

STEP TWO: Application to UNH Law school

To be eligible, students must:

  • Complete all Discovery and major requirements, and accrue at least 98 credits before beginning law school in their Senior year.
  • Maintain at least a 3.5 GPA (including transfer credits) at time of application to law school, and at the end of their Junior year.
  • Take the LSAT no later than December of the final undergraduate yaer (i.e. the Junior year) and earn a score of 157 or above.
  • Submit the law school application through the Law School Admissions Council by January of the calendar year in which the student wishes to enroll in law school.

The Path Through the English Undergraduate Major

Below is a suggested course outline to help guide English undergraduate students participating in the English/Law 3+3 program through completion of their major and Discovery program requirements. Variations to this suggested path of courses may be undertaken with the approval of the student’s English undergraduate advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Discovery Course 4
ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis 4
Foreign Language Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
ENGL 500-level Course (512, 513 count as pre-1800 lit courses; 514, 515, 516 are post-1800 lit.) 4
Select one of the following:
 
ENGL 512
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus  
ENGL 513
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen  
ENGL 514
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations  
ENGL #515
American Literature I Conquest and Nation: First Contact to the Civil War  
ENGL 516
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved  
Foreign Language or Elective (if FL is completed in one semester) 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
ENGL 500-level Course (512, 513 count as pre-1800 lit courses; 514, 515, 516 are post-1800 lit.) 4
Select one of the following:
 
ENGL 512
British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus  
ENGL 513
British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen  
ENGL 514
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations  
ENGL #515
American Literature I Conquest and Nation: First Contact to the Civil War  
ENGL 516
American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved  
Any 500-700 Level ENGL Course 4
LAW 475 Getting Ready to Succeed in Law School (Option: can instead be taken in second year spring or third year fall.) 2
 Credits18
Spring
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
ENGL 600-700 Pre-1800 Literature Course (such a Shakespeare, Chaucer, Literature of Early America) 4
ENGL 600-700 Post-1800 Literature Course (such as Victorian Novel, Contemporary American Literature, Postcolonial Literature) 4
LAW 475 Getting Ready to Succeed in Law School (If not previously taken.) 0
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
ENGL 600-700 Pre-1800 Literature Course (if you took 512 or 513, this can be any 600-700-level ENGL course.) 4
ENGL 600-700 Post-1800 Literature Course (If you took 514, 515, or 516, this can be any 600-700-level ENGL course.) 4
LAW 475 Getting Ready to Succeed in Law School (If not previously taken.) 0
 Credits16
Spring
ENGL 600-700 Race Course Requirement 4
ENGL 600-700-level Elective Course 4
ENGL 787 English Major Seminar 4
Elective Course 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits98

TOTAL: 98 Credits (40 Discovery, 44 English, 4-8 Foreign Language, 4-8 Elective)

NEED: Beyond ENGL 401 First-Year Writing, 3 more WI courses, one in major, one at 600 level.

LAW 475: Students should take LAW 475 Getting Ready to Succeed in Law School at some point during their Sophomore year but no later than the first semester of their Junior year. This course, taught by a UNH Law School faculty member, will teach students how to prepare for a legal education. The course will instruct students on the LSAT exam and offer valuable strategies on how to improve LSAT scores. Such instruction will include administration of practice test questions as well as explanations for answers. This two-credit course will also explain the necessary study skills to excel in law school. 

HONORS: It is not necessary to complete the honors program, but it is possible: Honors in Discovery + Honors in Major with Thesis (See addendum I) .

SEQUENCE:  With the exception of ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis and ENGL 787 English Major Seminar, English courses don’t need to be taken in any specific order; the guide above is only a suggestion. In general, 500-level courses should be taken before 600-700 level ones. However, a student could take a class that satisfies the Race Requirement in Semester I of Junior year rather than Semester II, or a pre-1800 600-700 level literature course in Semester II of Junior year.  As long as all the categories listed above are met, students have the flexibility to choose the courses that best meet their interests and schedules. There are some writing and journalism courses that have prerequisites, and students should be careful to note these before choosing upper-level courses in those fields.

ADVISING: It is very important that students progressing through the 3+3 English/Law program maintain close contact with their degree advisor. This will help students remain “on track” to complete degree requirements, and the advisor will guide the student into the next phase of the program, admission to the Law school. Students who plan early and work closely with their advisor may find it possible to include study abroad and participation in other University programs, if desired, but only with careful planning.

All students participating in the English/Law 3+3 program are strongly encouraged to consult with the pre-law advisor on campus: Paula DiNardo, paula.dinardo@unh.edu; 603-862-2064.

The Path Through UNH  Law School

This is a possible Law School course outline. Variations to this suggested path of courses may be undertaken with the approval of the student’s Law school advisor. 

Senior/First Year Law (31 credits)

Plan of Study Grid
Fourth Year
FallCredits
LGP 920 Contracts 3
LGP 909 Civil Procedure 4
LGP 960 Torts 3
LSK 919 Legal Analysis and Writing 1 2
LSK 900 Legal Research and Information Literacy 2
LGP 900 The Legal Profession 1
 Credits15
Spring
LGP 969 Article II Sales 2
LGP 916 Constitutional Law 4
LGP 952 Property 4
LSK 920 Legal Analysis and Writing 2 3
LIP 944
Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
or Fundamentals of Law Practice
3
 Credits16
 Total Credits31

The schedule and track of the second and third years of law school are directed by each student with careful advising from the law faculty.

Students in the English/Law 3+3 Option complete the requirements of the English major. See the Degree Plan for the recommended path through the English major.

Participation requires that students:

  • Complete all discovery and major requirements and at least 98 credits before beginning law school
  • Maintain a 3.5 or above grade point average, including transfer credits
  • Take the LSAT no later than December of the final undergraduate year and have a score of 157 or above.  
  • Submit the law school application through the Law School Admissions by January 1 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in law school.

As an English major, you must complete a minimum of 40 credits of major coursework with a grade of C- or better, the one exception is ENGL 419 Introduction to Literary Analysis, which must be completed with a grade of C or better. You cannot use ENGL 401 First-Year Writing, ENGL #403 Exploring Literature, ENGL 415s, "Literature and..." courses, and ENGL 444s to satisfy major requirements. Note that any one course may satisfy more than one requirement.

ENGL 419Introduction to Literary Analysis 14
Select two pre-1800 literature courses (select from list below)8
Select two post-1800 literature courses (select from list below)8
Select one course that addresses race, the construction of race, and racial theories (select from list below)4
Select one of the following options:8
Option A:
Two 500-level courses 2
Option B:
Introduction to Linguistics
One 500-level course 2
Select six courses numbered 600 and above 324
Select one additional 500-, 600-, or 700-level English course of their choosing4
Capstone:
One 700-level class in addition to the 10-course major 44
 

Pre-1800 Literature Courses

Either two advanced courses (600-level and above) or one advanced course and either ENGL 512 British Literature I Age of Heroes: Beowulf to Dr. Faustus or ENGL 513 British Literature II Age of Revolutions: Shakespeare to Austen.  Choose from the following:

ENGL 657Shakespeare4
ENGL 741Literature of Early America4
ENGL 751Medieval Epic and Romance4
ENGL #753Old English4
ENGL #756Chaucer4
ENGL 758Advanced Shakespeare4
ENGL 759Milton4
ENGL 767Literature of the Restoration and Early 18th Century4
ENGL 768Literature of the Later 18th Century4
ENGL #780Drama of Shakespeare's Contemporaries: Will and Company4
ENGL #781English Drama, 1660-18004
ENGL 783English Novel of the 18th Century4

Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.

Post-1800 Literature Courses

Either two advanced courses, or one advanced course and one of the following:  ENGL 514 British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations, ENGL #515 American Literature I Conquest and Nation: First Contact to the Civil War, or ENGL 516 American Literature II Money, Migration, and Modernity: Huck Finn to Beloved.

ENGL #609Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century4
ENGL 650Studies in American Literature and Culture 14
ENGL 681Introduction to African Literatures in English4
ENGL 690Introduction to African American Literature in America4
ENGL 739American Indian Literature4
ENGL 742American Literature, 1815-18654
ENGL #743American Literature, 1865-19154
ENGL #744American Literature, 1915-19454
ENGL 745Contemporary American Literature4
ENGL 746Studies in American Drama4
ENGL 747Studies in American Poetry4
ENGL #748Studies in American Fiction4
ENGL #749Major American Authors4
ENGL #769English Romantic Period4
ENGL 771English Victorian Period4
ENGL #772English Victorian Period4
ENGL 773Literary Modernisms: Return, Revolt, Recycle4
ENGL 774Modern & Contemporary British Literature: New Departures4
ENGL 777Postcolonial Novel4
ENGL 7824
ENGL 784English Novel of the 19th Century4

Course That Addresses Race, the Construction of Race, and Racial Theories

ENGL 517Introduction to African American Literature and Culture4
ENGL 550Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race4
ENGL #609Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century4
ENGL 690Introduction to African American Literature in America4
ENGL 738Topics in Asian American Studies4
ENGL 739American Indian Literature4
ENGL #740Indigenous New England4
ENGL 693Special Topics in Literature (subtopic R)4
ENGL 797Special Studies in Literature (subtopic R)4

Other courses may count. Please see your advisor if you have questions about other courses that might fulfill this requirement.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

English majors may use one major-required course to satisfy one Discovery category requirement.

English majors may only count one online course toward their English major requirements.

If you're interested in majoring in English please contact Carla Cannizzaro, coordinator of the Department of English, 230F Hamilton Smith Hall, (603) 862-1313.

Law School Requirements

The following summarizes the required curriculum and bar recommended curriculum. 85 credits are required for graduation.

Required courses include:
Administrative Process
Criminal Procedure
Professional Responsibility
Upper Level Writing Course
Upper Level Skills Course

Bar recommended courses include:
Personal Taxation
Business Associations
Wills, Trust & Estates
Evidence

Questions about the English/Law 3+3 program should be directed to UNH’s 3+3 advisor. 

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