The Law 3+3 option offers highly motivated UNH undergraduates the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree (B.A.) with a history major and their law degree (J.D.) at UNH in six years, rather than the usual seven years. It promises significant savings in both time and money. Students apply to the UNH Law School in their junior year (by Jan. 1), following the approved process below, and after taking the LSAT exam. If admitted, undergraduates begin their first year of law school in their senior year. The credits earned upon successful completion of the law school courses will be applied to both the J.D. degree and as elective courses for the B.A. degree. After four years, students receive a B.A. with a history major. After six years, students, having completed all law school requirements successfully, will receive their J.D.
Eligibility and Admission Process
1) Phase I: applying to the Law 3+3 option. Students apply to the program either when they submit their applications to UNH by selecting the History/J.D. option on the online application, or after they are admitted, applying directly to the History Department's History/Law 3+3 Committee. In both cases, undergraduate applicants must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the History major.
a. Students applying at time of admission to UNH will typically present the following high school (HS) credentials:
- a 3.5 GPA in HS
- a rigorous HS 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 sciences
- a score of 1200 or better (combined Math and Verbal) on the SAT or a 29 on the ACT)
b. Currently enrolled UNH students applying to the program must:
- have a 3.5 GPA in college courses at time of application.
- The History/Law 3+3 Committee governing admission to the program will also consider past SAT scores, maturity, and ability 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 will also influence who is admitted to the program and how many students can be accepted.
2) Phase 2: applying 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 grade point average (including transfer credits) at time of application to law school, and at end of junior year
- Take the LSAT no later than December of the final undergraduate year (i.e. the junior year) and have a score of 157 or above
- Submit the law school application through the Law School Admissions Council by Jan. 1 of the calendar year in which the student wishes to enroll in law school
- If, for some reason, students are not admitted to UNH Law, they will complete their final, fourth year at UNH, following the typical undergraduate program.