3+3 B.A./J.D. Program with UC Hastings Law in San Francisco
Cal Poly has a new partnership with UC Hastings College of the Law to offer an accelerated program through which Political Science students can earn both their Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees in six years, rather than the usual seven.
Students participating in the Pre-Law 3+3 B.A./J.D. Concentration will have their first year of law school coursework count towards completing some of the course requirements for their undergraduate degree at Cal Poly.
To be considered for the program, students must have entered Cal Poly as freshmen, be in their third year at Cal Poly, have a minimum of a 3.3 GPA, and have a Pre-law Concentration. Students must also be on the path to complete all the POLS degree requirements outlined in the flowchart below.
Cal Poly students participating in the Pre-Law 3+3 B.A./J.D. Concentration with Hastings will receive credit for the equivalent of 44 quarter units at Cal Poly during their first year in law school. Twelve of those units will be applied to a student’s pre-law concentration (out of 28 total), 8 units will be applied to a student’s upper-division electives (out of 20 total), and 24 units will go toward a student’s free electives (out of 24 total).
Pursuing this 3+3 program does not significantly impact the total number of units a student is expected to complete each quarter at Cal Poly, which still ranges between 14 and 16 units per quarter. The only difference will be the types of courses a student completes. For instance, instead of pursuing free electives in their third year, 3+3 students would be expected to finish up their remaining GE requirements at Cal Poly. Similarly, students would complete fewer concentration and upper-division major courses in their third year (giving them room for GE requirements). Students will also need to enroll in their senior project by the end of their third year at Cal Poly.
Every Fall the Political Science Department will solicit applications from interested third year students.
If you are interested, please contact Dr. Jennifer Denbow (email@example.com)