Designed for academically outstanding, motivated and resourceful students, the PlusJD – Northeastern’s Fast Track to Law School Program selects highly qualified Northeastern University students to begin their first-year law school courses during their last year of undergraduate study. Credits earned in the shared year are applied toward both their bachelor’s and law degrees. As a result, students can complete both degrees in as little as six years, saving a full year of time and tuition.

Admission to the JD program requires meeting the law school’s admissions guidelines and academic standards, which include:

  • fulfillment of undergraduate requirements
  • GPA undergraduate minimum of 3.65
  • LSAT score of at least 162

Students who do not meet the LSAT and GPA requirements may still be considered for admission as a PlusJD applicant to the JD program on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the School of Law.

Timeline/Steps for PlusJD — Northeastern’s Fast Track to Law School

FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE YEARS

Students meet with academic advisor to ensure that they are on track to complete all undergraduate curricular requirements that must be satisfied before entering the law school. Specifically, prospective PlusJD students will need to have only open electives remaining in their undergraduate coursework for their final year of the bachelor’s degree. If necessary, students should make curricular adjustments.

SUMMER PRIOR TO JUNIOR YEAR

Students prepare for LSAT exam.

FALL OF JUNIOR YEAR*

Students: 
register for the LSAT and take the exam no later than January. The LSAT is typically administered every June, July, September, October, November, January, February, March and April
register with LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
determine who will provide faculty recommendation

SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR

Students:
send undergraduate transcripts to LSAC CAS
ask faculty recommender to submit a letter of recommendation directly to LSAC CAS (instructions online at LSAC.org)
complete and submit law school application via LSAC.org no later than March 1
if admitted, submit deposit by date specified on letter of admission

* Students whose undergraduate programs would ordinarily require five years to complete may apply in their fourth undergraduate year. Students should consult with their undergraduate advisors to map potential paths for entry to this program.

Admitted students will receive a conditional letter of admission premised on maintaining their undergraduate GPA through matriculation at the School of Law. After spring grades are in, admitted students must send updated undergraduate transcripts with spring semester grades to LSAC.

Logistics

Grades during final year of bachelor’s degree: The School of Law does not use letter or numeric grades. Students receive narrative evaluations from faculty and may receive Honors or High Honors for strong academic performance throughout all three years of law school. Therefore, during the simultaneous final year of the bachelor’s degree/first year of the JD program, the undergraduate transcript will show School of Law grades with no numerical equivalents and the undergraduate GPA will not include these grades in the cumulative GPA calculation — the undergraduate GPA prior to entering the School of Law will be the bachelor’s degree final GPA. In addition, students will not be eligible for undergraduate honors or other GPA-based recognitions in their first law school year.

Financial Aid: Undergraduate tuition and fees will be charged through the exclusively undergraduate years; law school tuition and fees will be charged beginning in the simultaneous year. In the case of students pursuing the bachelor’s/JD in six years, Northeastern University undergraduate scholarships and grant funds will continue during the fourth year to be consistent with the Northeastern Promise, guaranteeing aid through eight semesters of study.

Students in the PlusJD Program are eligible for School of Law scholarship awards during their second and third years of the JD program. These awards will include, at a minimum, the Double Husky Scholarship, which is a 25 percent tuition merit scholarship, or any other law school scholarship for which students qualify. Participants eligible for federal aid will be awarded aid as undergraduate students for the first three undergraduate years; federal loans will be based on undergraduate limits and Pell Grant and state scholarships will be available to those who qualify. Beginning in the simultaneous year, loan limits will reflect graduate student status.

What happens if a student is denied admission to the PlusJD Program? The student would devote their final year to taking the undergraduate courses necessary to fulfill their remaining degree requirements and would then graduate with their bachelor’s degree. A student denied admission to the PlusJD Program remains eligible to apply directly to the School of Law’s JD program as a senior or in later years; if such a student is admitted upon direct application, the student would need to complete the bachelor’s degree before matriculating as a JD student.



Are you a current Northeastern undergraduate student who entered in Fall 2017 or Fall 2019 and was invited to participate in the 3+3 Program? Visit this page for information and guidelines pertaining to your program.