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2021-2022 Catalogue


3+3 Law Program with Mercer University Law School

Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Steneck

Career Description: 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 Juris Doctor (JD) diploma from an accredited law school and pass their state's bar examination
3 + 3 Program Description: Mercer University 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 Juris Doctor 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 requirements 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 (BA) or English (BA); 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.

Three Year Curricular Plan:
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:

Coursework Plan:
Year One:  Fall Semester    
WISe 101, Foreign Language, GenEd, POL 115, ENG or POL or other major coursework    

Year Two:  Spring Semester
Foreign Language, COM 202, ENG 111, HIS 130, ENG or POL or other major coursework

Year Two:  Fall Semester    
ENG or POL or other major coursework, HIS 135, ACC 201, PDE    

Year Two:  Spring Semester
ENG or POL or other major coursework, POL 320, BUS 310, PDE

Year Three:  Fall Semester    
ENG or POL or other major coursework, GenEd, COM 340, POL 319    

Year Three:  Spring Semester
ENG, POL or other major coursework, GenEd, PHI 223


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