The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and Radford University announced a new dual-degree program to help Radford University students expedite their law school education on Wednesday.
The agreement is the result of a signing ceremony with George Mason University President Angel Cabrera and Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill.
Students participating in the new “3+3 program” will complete three years of undergraduate study at Radford University before transferring to the Antonin Scalia Law School for the final three years needed to complete both a bachelor’s degree at Radford and a law degree from GMU.
This new enhanced track reduces the time to graduate with a baccalaureate degree and law degree by one year.
“We are looking forward to working with Radford University to offer highly motivated students an opportunity to obtain both an excellent undergraduate and an exceptional legal education at a tremendous value.The entire Scalia Law community looks forward to welcoming outstanding Radford students to the law school,” said Henry N. Butler, dean and professor of law at Scalia Law School, prior to the ceremony.
“We are excited to work with the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, which provides students in our Commonwealth with an outstanding legal education. This partnership allows Radford University students to have an exceptional undergraduate education while providing them with the flexibility to achieve their dream of earning a law degree,” said Katherine Hawkins, dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Radford University, prior to the ceremony.
For a student to be eligible for the program, they must be able to complete all of the requirements of their major and Radford’s general education curriculum by the end of the spring semester of their junior year of undergraduate study, maintain a 3.25 grade point average, and earn a competitive score on the Law School Admission Test. Students must be approved for the program during their freshman or sophomore year, enabling them to apply for formal admission to the law school during their third year of undergraduate education.
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