Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Steneck
A juris doctor (J.D.) leads to a broad range of careers that impact people’s lives. Lawyers help with buying homes, writing wills, prosecuting and defending criminals, creating business contracts, and attempting to protect people from litigation. A law degree may also open up law-related careers in government, business, higher education, health care, communication, and numerous other fields. Legal practice is intellectually challenging and requires the use of ethics, reasoning and judgment. To practice law, students must typically complete an undergraduate degree, earn a JD degree from an accredited law school, and pass their state's bar examination
Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law and Wesleyan College recognize that certain students have the ability and readiness to complete their undergraduate education and their law degree training in less than the normally required seven years of study. The 3 + 3 program provides an opportunity for select students to accelerate their course of study by completing both an undergraduate degree (from Wesleyan) and the JD degree (from Mercer University) in approximately six years of full-time study. Students enrolled in this program are expected to complete all Wesleyan College core requirements, including those of their chosen major, with a minimum of two and a half years in residence, and at least 90 credit hours at Wesleyan prior to attending law school. This program is recommended for majors in politics & global studies or English. Students may elect other majors, but MUST have a pre law minor and engage in the requisite coursework required for the 3 + 3 program. To be considered for Mercer Law, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above in Wesleyan College coursework and score at or above the median LSAT score of the preceding year’s entering class. Students interested in pursuing this program should identify themselves to their first year advisor during orientation and meet with the pre-Law advisor no later than fall semester of their first year at Wesleyan, to ensure that they are on track for this program.
The 3 + 3 student should take at least 15 hours each semester and should be prepared to finish her Wesleyan courses in three years, prior to application for the law school at Mercer. The following courses must be taken at Wesleyan:
|YEAR ONE Fall Semester||YEAR ONE Spring Semester|
|WISe 101, Foreign Language, GenEd, POL 115, ENG or POL or other major coursework||Foreign Language, COM 202, ENG 111, HIS 130, ENG or POL or other major coursework|
|YEAR TWO Fall Semester||YEAR TWO Spring Semester|
|ENG or POL or other major coursework, HIS 135, ACC 201, PDE||ENG or POL or other major coursework, POL 320, BUS 310, PDE|
|YEAR THREE Fall Semester||YEAR THREE Spring Semester|
|ENG or POL or other major coursework, GenEd, COM 340, POL 319||ENG, POL or other major coursework, GenEd, PHI 223|
The resources below are helpful for students preparing for a career in law. Wesleyan's Center for Career Development can help students with deciding if this path fits them, as well as with strategic career planning, creating resumes/CVs, writing personal statements, and more.
Law schools want to see evidence that students have developed exceptional critical thinking, analytical, research, and oral/written communication skills. These can be gained in a variety of settings, so don’t limit yourself to just interning at a law firm. Also consider opportunities where you can hold leadership roles, or where you conduct extensive research, synthesize large amounts of information, write for a variety of audiences, and analyze information or data. Nonprofits and advocacy organizations often offer experiences where you can practice these skills. The Center for Career Development can help you prepare a resume and practice your professional introduction as you get ready to contact organizations about shadowing, volunteer, or internship opportunities.
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