A select number of outstanding Suffolk undergraduates may gain early admission to Suffolk University Law School at the end of junior year. Such students are able to earn the combined bachelor's degree and the Juris Doctor degree in six years instead of the customary seven. The bachelor's degree is awarded after the successful completion of the first full year of law study.
Declare Your Pathway as Early as the Freshman Year
Only Suffolk students with distinctly superior records and LSAT scores can expect to qualify for early admission and combined degrees. Students interested in applying to the Six-Year Program should be planning their academic programs accordingly beginning freshmen year or as soon as possible thereafter.
Students in a number of majors can apply for the Six-Year Bachelor's/Law Degree:
Undergraduates who seek early admission to Suffolk University Law School must complete the following to have their application considered:
- Declare their interest to the CAS Academic Dean's Office as early as the start of the freshman year
- Complete a minimum of 96 semester hours toward the bachelor's degree, including ALL degree requirements other than free elective credits (a minimum of 45 semester hours must be completed as an undergraduate at Suffolk University)
- Complete any major or minor residency requirements (if applicable)
- Note that credit earned through the CLEP test may not be counted toward the minimum Suffolk undergraduate credit requirement.
- Obtain a letter from the assistant dean of the College confirming that the student’s undergraduate requirements (other than free electives) are on track to be completed by the end of the junior year
- Take the LSAT prior to applying to the Law School. Applicants must earn a score that is equal to or greater than the median score of the Law School's entering class for the previous year.
- If admitted to the Law School, obtain a second letter from the assistant dean of the College confirming completion of undergraduate requirements at the end of the junior year. This letter must be sent to Suffolk Law Admission by the assistant dean of the College no later than July 1.
Apply to Law School in the Fall Semester of the Junior Year
Applicants for admission under this program should follow the normal Law School application procedure. Applications are due no later than April 1st. The Suffolk University Law School Admission Committee will make a decision according to regular application timelines and procedures and only after it receives a completed application. Students who are accepted and enrolled in the Six-Year Program shall pay Law School tuition upon matriculation into the Law School.