3+3 B.A./J.D. Program

UC Santa Cruz and UC Hastings Law 3+3 Program

What is a "3+3" program?
A “3+3 B.A./J.D. Program” or “BA to JD Program” is an accelerated program in which you complete your B.A. and J.D. degrees in six years rather than the typical seven years. These programs exist within many colleges and universities.  The UC Hastings-UCSC “3+ 3 B.A./J.D. Program” is the first and only such program in the UC system.

What are the advantages of a 3+3 program?
A 3+3 Program saves you time and money.  It enables you to save one academic year of your undergraduate education. It also saves you a full year’s undergraduate fees and living expenses.  In addition, students who meet the program requirements will avoid the time, effort, and expense of applying to multiple law schools. Lastly, the program allows you to enter your chosen career one year earlier.

What requirements must students fulfill to participate in the Program?

To be eligible for the program, you must complete the following requirements by the end of your third year:

1. general education requirements
2. major requirements, including the exit requirement
3. at least 75 percent of the credits required for graduation from UCSC
4. the campus residency requirement

How and when do students apply to the 3+3 Program?
If you are interested in the program, you are encouraged to make your interest known to the UCSC pre-law adviser as early as possible to insure adequate pre-law counseling in meeting the eligibility requirements for the 3+3 Program as well as filling out a declaration of interest form.  Preferably, during the UCSC freshman year (and no later than the end of December of the sophomore year), you should declare your intent to participate in the 3+3 program to the UCSC Director of Legal Studies.

For more information please visit the 3plus3 website or contact UCSC Politics Professor Jackie Gehring: jgehring@ucsc.edu