Academics

3+3 Law Program FAQ

Do I have to pursue a certain major to be eligible for the partnership program?

Yes: history, legal studies, political science, or philosophy.


What if I am not eligible for admission via the 3+3 program? Can I still access Syracuse University Law School or University at Buffalo School of Law and be eligible for scholarships?

Yes. Any student who is interested in studying at Syracuse University College of Law or University at Buffalo School of Law, but is not eligible for admission via the partnership, can still apply using the law school's standard law school admissions process, and you may be eligible for scholarship aid from those schools (depending on qualifications and strength of performance).


The first year of law school (1L) is billed at the Nazareth College tuition rate. Do my scholarships and financial aid from Nazareth College roll into the first year of law school? 

No. All financial aid – both merit and need – is managed through the financial aid office at the Syracuse University College of Law or University at Buffalo School of Law.


Is it possible to get an estimate of my total costs (for Nazareth College and Syracuse University College of Law or University at Buffalo School of Law) before I commit as a first-year student?

Yes. All students who are fully admitted to Nazareth College and eligible for admission to Syracuse University College of Law or University at Buffalo School of Law will receive a 6-year estimate of total costs to help in making enrollment decisions.


What are the performance requirements during my years at Nazareth College to remain eligible for the 3+3 program?

  • Syracuse University College of Law: Have a GPA of at least 3.5 upon completion of 92 credits at Nazareth, and achieve an LSAT of one point higher than Syracuse's incoming class's median LSAT score. In 2018, that was 153.
  • University at Buffalo School of Law: Complete 90 credits at Nazareth and achieve an LSAT of UB's median LSAT from the year prior to the application year. In 2018, that was 153.

Does my Nazareth College GPA have to be constantly above 3.5 to remain eligible for admission? Or is it my final GPA that counts?

Your final GPA after 90 or 92 completed credits at Nazareth College is reviewed for the partnership program. However, if you dip below that mark consistently, you may be advised out of the partnership program.


What happens if I am in the 3+3 program and I fail to meet those program guidelines? Can I still pursue Syracuse University College of Law or University at Buffalo School of Law?

Yes. However, you must enter via the standard law school admissions process. A member of the Syracuse University College of Law or University at Buffalo School of Law admissions team will work with you personally.

Katie LaShomb, working in U.S. Congress. Law school, J.D. law degree program, Syracuse U., Nazareth

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