St. John Fisher College, Syracuse University College of Law Announce 3+3 Partnership
St. John Fisher College and the Syracuse University College of Law have announced a 3+3 Legal Education Accelerated Program (LEAP) which will allow a select group of undergraduate students at Fisher the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate and law degree in six years, while minimizing the cost of their education.
“This program provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to easily transition from our undergraduate program to one of the top law schools in the state, and to prepare them for a successful career in law and policy,” said Dr. Sebastien Lazardeux, chair of the legal studies and political science programs at Fisher.
To be considered for the program, students must meet a set of requirements for both institutions. At Fisher, they must matriculate as first-year students, complete the College’s First Year Program, Core Curriculum, major, and minor requirements; consult with a LEAP advisor to discuss educational and career goals; and earn a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students also must successfully complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) with a score at or above the median LSAT score for the College of Law’s previous year’s enrolled class. An application to the College of Law must be submitted through LSAC (the Law School Admission Council) during their third and final year at Fisher.
“The partnership with St. John Fisher College provides its students with an accelerated path to the College of Law and its unique offerings, including our top-rated Advocacy Honor Society program, innovative research centers focused on national security, technology commercialization and disability law, and our expansive externship opportunities offered around the country, among others,” said Denee Page, assistant dean of enrollment management at the Syracuse University College of Law.
This marks the fourth 3+3 LEAP program at Fisher. The College also holds agreements with Michigan State University College of Law, University at Buffalo Law School, and Ohio Northern University. Dr. Ann Marie Fallon, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Fisher, which houses the legal studies program, said these academic partnerships offer students the opportunity to continue their education in a timely and affordable manner.
“We are delighted to continue to support students accessing high quality educational opportunities, especially in our region,” Fallon said. “Our partnership with Syracuse is testament to our students’ abilities and the excellence of our own academic programming. We look forward to a long and dynamic partnership.”