The 3+3 Program enables highly talented and motivated honors college students interested in a legal career to complete both a Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor at the University of Oregon. By accepting the first year of law school course work as the final year of undergraduate study, the 3+3 program shaves a full year from the typical 7-year path to a Juris Doctor.
To participate in the program, you will need to be on track to complete most of your honors college and major requirements by the end of your junior year.
No application form or prior commitment is required for Clark Honors College students to participate. If you decide at any point that the program is no longer right for you, simply continue on with your undergraduate coursework and graduate in four years with a Bachelor’s degree.
Benefits of the 3+3 Program
Save a year’s tuition and living expenses associated with undergraduate education
Get a jump on starting a professional career
Avoid the time, effort, and expense of applying to multiple law schools
If you are interested in learning more about the 3+3 program and whether it is the right fit for you, contact CHC's director of undergraduate advising, Dr. Elizabeth Raisanen [firstname.lastname@example.org].
How Does It Work?
3 Years to a Bachelor’s Degree:
You will spend your first three years enrolled in undergraduate courses fulfilling the requirements of Clark Honors College, and your majors and minors. By the end of your third year you will have completed all undergraduate requirements except for one elective colloquium and your thesis defense.
Although students with any major or combination of majors are allowed to participate in the 3+3 program, some undergraduate majors require coursework that cannot be completed in three years and are, therefore, incompatible with the program. If you are interested in participating you should discuss your academic plans with your CHC advisor as early as possible to ensure you will be able to complete the required coursework for your chosen major in three years.
Apply to Law School:
You will take the LSAT and apply for admission to the Law School during your third year. The Law School will waive application fees for students applying for admission through the 3+3 program. All CHC students who meet the following criteria will be guaranteed admission to the Law School:
You have an LSAT score that is at least one point above the median LSAT score for the prior year’s entering class at the Law School
At the time of application, you have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5, and maintain that minimum prior to beginning Law School courses
You have completed a minimum of 136.5 undergraduate credits at the time of matriculation into Law School
You have no criminal arrests or convictions that would make you otherwise ineligible for admission to the Bar upon graduation from the Law School
Year 4 – Dual Enrollment:
If you are accepted to the Law School, you will begin taking law courses in your fourth year. Up to 48 quarter credits of coursework completed during the first year of Law School can be transferred back to count toward the Bachelor’s degree as elective credits, which should fulfill all requirements for completion of your Bachelor’s degree.
You may also complete your CHC thesis during the first year of Law School, which will also be used to fulfill the Law School’s writing requirement. This timing gives you an entire calendar year, including the summer after your third year, to write the thesis. Your Primary Thesis Advisor will be a professor in your undergraduate major, and a Law School faculty member will serve as the second reader.
If, due to the rigorous nature of the first-year Law curriculum, you do not complete your thesis in the fourth year, you will have until winter term of the sixth year of the program to successfully complete and defend your thesis. Upon the successful defense of your thesis, you will be awarded your Bachelor’s degree and will be eligible to participate in CHC graduation ceremonies.
Years 5 and 6 – Law Student:
After you have completed your Bachelor's degree, all that remains is to complete the degree requirements necessary for your Juris Doctor.
In Fall 2012, over 180 incoming freshman class of the Robert D. Clark Honors College moved into the brand new Global Scholars Hall. For these students, the GSH offers a dynamic learning environment consisting of many varied living and learning spaces as well as five co-located language immersive programs (Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, and French). The GSH also features its own Resident Scholar and Outreach and Student Engagement Libriarian. Other building highlights include a learning commons, five incorporated classrooms, a multipurpose performance room with elevated stage, study rooms, a presentation practice room, and the Fresh Marketcafe. To explore further, visit the Clark Honors College's Academic Residential Community page.
The Clark Honors College values debate in the public space, and inaugurated its summer reading program in 2009. All first-year students read an assigned book and participate in an online forum facilitated by CHC student leaders and faculty. Upon arriving on campus in the fall, students engage with the book through dialogue with their peers, guest speakers, and other enrichment opportunities.
In 2009, CHC student Alex Goodell CHC ‘11 brought to the CHC an initiative to introduce first-year students to debate in the public space. The Common Reading program incorporates an assigned book with an online forum where students identify, discuss, and debate issues raised in the book. The class of 2014 found the forum’s discussion socially, personally, and academically effective: it helps to forge a sense of CHC community.
The Common Reading program has now been expanded to incorporate first-year students campus wide around a single book. This summer, the CHC and UO are pleased to present a work of fiction, Station Eleven the fourth novel by Canadian novelist Emily St. John Mandel, a 2014 National Book Award Finalist.
Incoming first-year students in the CHC will receive a complimentary copy and CHC reading guide at IntroDUCKtion in July. Students are expected to read the text and contribute meaningfully to the CHC forum online before New Student Orientation (NSO) in September.
Grow with the conversation! Contribute to the Common Reading online discussion forum here.