How Boise State Students Can Go To Law School Without Finishing A Bachelor’s Degree

May 20, 2016

Boise State University and Concordia Law School have created an arrangement aimed at undergrads who want to go to law school. Students can start at Concordia after three years at Boise State. For students in the “three plus three” program, the first year at Concordia will also count as the fourth year at Boise State. So students could get a bachelor's and a law degree in six years, rather than seven.

Concordia Law dean Cathy Silak says the program will help students minimize debt and get to the workforce quicker. She says it was a natural partnership.

“We’re just right across the river from Boise State University and we’ve had quite a number of their graduates coming to attend the law school,” Silak says. “About a third of our class is coming from Boise State University.”   

Three plus three programs are relatively common between undergraduate schools and law schools within the same university system. But the Boise State, Concordia agreement is unusual because Concordia is a private, religiously affiliated university and Boise State is public.

Silak says Boise State students with a certain GPA and LSAT score will be pre-admitted to Concordia Law. And students who participate in the three plus three program will get a 20 percent discount on Concordia tuition.

She says Boise State students will be most likely to get into the program if they start planning their freshman year. But she says there may be juniors this fall who could start at Concordia in the fall of 2017.

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