Dual-Degree Program in Law for Undergraduates

The University of Miami offers the Dual-Degree Program in Law, which allows qualified students (either high school applicants or University of Miami undergratuate students) with high academic ability to complete their bachelors and Juris Doctor Degrees in just six years. Students may apply to the Dual-Degree program when applying for undergraduate admission or any time after their freshman year, as long as they meet the admission requirements.   

Advantages of the Dual Degree Program in Law

TIME & COST

  • Accelerated academic track: Students will complete both BA/BS and JD degrees in just six years, which will save tuition costs.

ACCESS

  • Special events and programs hosted by Miami Law;
  • Special networking events hosted by Toppel Career Center;
  • Students have the opportunity to sit in on law classes as requested;
  • Exclusive workshops.

MENTORSHIP

  • Program specific undergraduate advising;
  • Program specific advising from Miami Law advisors.

COMMUNITY

  • Closed Facebook Group for Dual Degree students & administrators;
  • Digital community center for students.

Application and Program Admission Guidelines

To be considered as a High School Student, applicants must:

  • have an unweighted  High School GPA of 3.75;
  • have a minimum SAT I score of 1390 (combined Math and Critical Reading scores) or a 30 on the ACT;
  • have three (3) letters of Recommendations from high school teachers;
  • complete a Dual-Degree Program Supplemental Application for Law by November 1st

To be considered as an Undergraduate Student, applicants must:

  • have a minimum SAT I score of 1390 (combined Math and Critical Reading scores) or a 30 on the ACT;
  • have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in all college-level courses;
  • have Two (2) letters of recommendations from college-level professors;
  • complete a Dual-Degree Program Supplemental Application for Law.

Students admitted into the program must successfully complete 90 credits earned toward their undergraduate degree, including requirements for their majors and any minors they may be undertaking. Students must complete 90 credits in college course work at the University of Miami, including advanced standing credits, before matriculating into the University of Miami School of Law. The University of Miami requires that the last 45 credits be taken in residence. Students will graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences upon completion of 120 credits including AP/IB credit.

Promotion to Law School Requirements

Admission to the law school is provisional until all requirements are satisfactorily met. To be promoted to the University of Miami School of Law, a student must:

  • Have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in all college-level courses.
  • Take the LSAT. Note that in order to be competitive for merit-based scholarships, a strong LSAT is required
  • Meet all standards the Law School Admissions Committee requires, which include registering for the Law School Admissions Council Credential Assembly Service (LSAC CAS), and submitting the electronic application for the School of Law program by the preferred deadline date. The School of Law application fee will be waived for dual-degree students.
  • Students may apply to the Dual-Degree program when applying for undergraduate admission or any time after their freshman year, as long as they meet the admission requirements.
  • Any student who decides to continue their undergraduate studies for a fourth year of study will forego their designation as a Dual-Degree Program in Law student.

Dual-Degree Law students may:

  • Apply for joint degree programs.
  • Be awarded Law School scholarships, if available, in accordance with standard scholarship criteria. Note that students are strongly advised to complete their law school application by the December break or earlier to be in the best position for scholarship consideration. Students are encouraged to prepare fully for the LSAT as scores impact scholarship consideration.

Students should be aware that undergraduate scholarships may not be used for the first year of law school.

Advisor Contact Information

It is the responsibility of Dual-Degree Law students to meet with the appropriate advisor(s) regularly to make sure they will complete requirements in the program in which they are enrolled. The Law School advisor is not responsible for undergraduate course advisement or verifying undergraduate program requirements.

As the dual-degree advisor, Suzanne Thomas-Hall, Senior Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences, is the individual with whom dual-degree students must keep in contact to make sure they are meeting all the cognate requirements within the three-year period they are enrolled in the undergraduate program. Additionally, students must also meet with their assigned advisor in the departments of their major and/or minors.

Undergraduate:

Suzanne Thomas-Hall
Senior Adviser, Office of Student Academic Services
Ashe Building, Room 211
T: 305-284-4333, sthomash@miami.edu

 

Miami Law:

Joseph Matthews
Associate Director of Student Recruitment
School of Law, Room F 203
T: 305-284-6746, jmatthews@law.miami.edu

Professor Kele Stewart
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Professor of Clinical Legal Education
School of Law, Room F 305, kstewart@law.miami.edu 

Law School Student Mentors:

Nick Sconzo, Class of 2020