Highly motivated legal students can complete a six-year combined B.A. and J.D. degree program through a Nazareth College partnership with Syracuse University College of Law. You complete three years at Nazareth College as a legal studies, political science, history, or philosophy major and then three years at Syracuse University’s College of Law.

The benefits:

  • Save one year's time and costs compared to the more typical seven-year path to bachelor's and J.D. degrees.
  • Instead of two separate application processes and timelines, you can be accepted to both institutions upfront, providing direct access to one of the nation’s finest legal educations. The conditional acceptance to Syracuse University College of Law, provided at the time of admission to Nazareth College, requires that you complete your undergraduate degree and meet GPA and law school entrance exam performance requirements.
  • Eligible students save a year of time and tuition expenses and are guaranteed a minimum tuition scholarship of 50% at Syracuse. Students are also eligible for need-based grants and additional scholarships. Total savings: at least $100,000.
  • Nazareth College pays for LSAT preparation with a Kaplan on-campus program ($1,200 value). Students contribute a $100 registration and processing fee.

Application process:

  1. Complete the Nazareth College admissions process by the chosen deadline. High school seniors use the freshman admissions stepsTransfer students use the transfer process.
  2. Fill out the 3+3 law online supplemental application form. Once complete, this information will be combined with your Nazareth College application and reviewed by both the Nazareth College admissions team and Syracuse University College of Law.
  3. Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview, in person or online.
  4. Admitted students receive official admission to Nazareth College and documentation of conditional admission to Syracuse University College of Law.
  5. To be eligible for any need-based financial aid, please fill out the FAFSA by the appropriate deadline.


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Ian James Mortimer

Ian James Mortimer

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Experience in Admissions
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    “Learning from practicing legal professionals was a strength of the legal studies program at Nazareth. I was well prepared for the LSAT and for law school from their advice and from legal courses covering case briefing, rule synthesis, legal writing, and research. The 3+3 program is a significant financial savings. I am really excited about everything I am learning and doing here at Syracuse. Law school has been a huge adjustment but I can feel it pushing me beyond my comfort zones and helping me to reach my full potential.” 
    — Olivia Fontana, who was a legal studies major at Nazareth, expects to complete her J.D. degree in 2019