Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) has partnered with the University of Baltimore School of Law to create a new dual degree program that will allow qualifying NDMU students to start attending law school after their junior year.
The two universities signed a matriculation agreement where NDMU students will be able to obtain both an undergraduate degree and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in six years, as opposed to the typical seven, saving students both cost and time.
Under the program, Notre Dame students of any major will receive automatic acceptance to the UB Law if they have a GPA of at least 3.35 and an LSAT score of 150 (or a GPA of at least 2.75 and an LSAT score of 152). Students who do not meet the criteria can still be considered through the UB Law’s general admission pool.
“Through this agreement NDMU is offering our students and prospective students more options in their education experience and options for ways to accomplish their academic goals,” said NDMU President, Marylou Yam.
Notre Dame students enrolled in the program must have already completed a certain portion of their undergraduate degree, as their first year of law school will also be their last year as an undergraduate.
“This is about staying true to the University’s mission of helping students achieve intellectual and professional excellence, while at the same time creating a solid connection with a highly-respected law school,” said Debra Franklin, Dean of NDMU School of Arts, Sciences and Business.
The credits students take during their first year of law school will transfer back to Notre Dame to complete their requirements for an undergraduate degree.