The information on this webpage applies only to undergraduate students in the Fall 2017 or Fall 2019 entering classes who were invited to participate in the 3+3 Program. Students entering after Fall 2019 – or current Northeastern undergraduates who were not invited to join the 3+3 Program – should visit the PlusJD page.

About the 3+3 Program

The 3+3 Program selects highly qualified first-year students in eight qualifying majors within the Colleges of Arts, Media and Design (Communication Studies and Journalism), the Bouvé College of Health Sciences (Health Science), College of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (English, Criminal Justice, History, Philosophy, and Political Science), who are interested in pursuing a degree in the law.

Students in the 3+3 Program begin their first-year law school courses during their fourth year of study and apply those credits toward both their bachelor’s and law degree. As a result, and with appropriate academic progress, students can complete this rigorous and rewarding full-curriculum law degree program along with their bachelor’s degree in six years instead of seven. Northeastern’s 3+3 students will save a full year of tuition and enjoy a competitive advantage over their peers in traditional law programs by getting a jump-start in today’s job market. 

The Guidelines for the 3+3 Program

  • Students will be considered and selected for admission to the 3+3 Program by the undergraduate admissions committee at the point of first-year admission.(1)
  • Admission to the juris doctor portion of the program is dependent on the academic standards and admission guidelines defined by the School of Law. (2)
  • Students must complete the 3+3 JD Commitment Form and meet character and fitness requirements. No additional university application fee will be required for admission to the 3+3 Program.
  • Students must decide to participate in the 3+3 Program before they begin their third year of undergraduate study. If a student decides at some point to pursue only the undergraduate portion of the 3+3 Program, all regular undergraduate program and course requirements will apply.
  • Students in the 3+3 Program who complete all necessary requirements will earn a bachelor’s degree following completion of their fourth year of study (first year of law school).
  • Undergraduate tuition and fees will be charged through the first three years; law school tuition and fees will be charged when students enter into the law school in year four. Undergraduate scholarships and grant aid will continue during the fourth year to be consistent with the Northeastern Promise, guaranteeing aid through eight semesters of study.
  • Students in the 3+3 Program are eligible for School of Law scholarship awards during their fifth and sixth years. These awards will include, at a minimum, the Double Husky Scholarship, which is a 25% 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 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 fourth year, loan limits will reflect graduate student status.

(1) Participation is by invitation only.

(2) In order to move into the 3+3 Program from undergraduate student to law student, students must meet CSSH, CAMD, COE, and Bouvé undergraduate requirements. Students must also meet minimum GPA requirements (3.50 for students who entered Northeastern in Fall 2017 and 3.60 for students who entered in Fall 2019) and score at least 161 on the LSAT. Students who do not meet the LSAT and GPA requirements may still be considered for admission to the law program on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the School of Law.

If you are a current student with questions, please contact Pre-Law Advisor Montgomery Thomas at mo.thomas@northeastern.edu or 617.373.4238.