Degrees Offered

Valparaiso University Law School offers the Juris Doctor degree, an LL.M. degree for international lawyers, and seven dual degree J.D./Masters programs.  Please email or phone us if you have questions or would like personal assistance in submitting an application for admission.    Email:  Phone: (219) 465-7821

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree can be completed through a full-time, three year program, an accelerated two-and-one-half year program, or a flexible five-year part-time day program.  Applications are to be submitted electronically through LSAC and will be accepted through June 1 for entry into the 2018 class.  Applicants are advised to submit their applications by March 15 to be assured of scholarship consideration. The Valparaiso Law J.D. application fee is waived for 2018.

Transfer/Advance Standing Admission into the J.D. program. Valparaiso Law welcomes applications from current or recent law students who have completed a full year of academic credit in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school.  Transfer applications are considered in the spring and early summer for fall semester entry into the second year class.

The LL.M. degree program is a Master of Laws Program in American Law for foreign-educated lawyers who wish to gain knowledge and competence in the American legal system to enhance their careers in their native countries. Applications can be submitted after September 1.

The J.D./Dual Degree programs offer students the opportunity to earn an MBA or one of 6 other Masters degrees at the same time they are completing the J.D. degree.  Please contact the Office of Admissions at the Law School for additional information.

Honors Program
Following completion of the first semester curriculum, students who display excellent credentials (class rank, leadership ability, writing ability, professionalism, and effectiveness in representing the law school) will be invited to the Honors Program. All Honors Program candidates must interview for the program. The program is limited to the top 20% of the class.

Three Plus Three Program
Undergraduates from Valparaiso University, and other institutions with a 3+3 agreement with the Law School, can apply to Valparaiso Law in their junior year, to matriculate as a first-year law student for what would be their senior year of undergrad.  Such students would therefore graduate with both a 4-year undergraduate degree and JD degree within 6 years – 3 years of undergraduate and 3 years of law school – saving a year‘s worth of time and tuition.

Those interested in matriculating to the 3+3 program are required to take the LSAT and go through the same application and review process as non 3+3 program applicants. For more information on the 3+3 program, please contact

Part-Time JD Program
Admission standards for the part-time program are the same as for the full-time program.Part time students must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits in the fall and spring semesters.  All part-time students must complete 90 credit hours, including all required courses.

After completion of the second semester of part-time study and/or 30 credits or more, a part-time student may transfer to the full-time program with the approval of the Associate Dean (cumulative GPA.

Accelerated J.D. Program
Students are eligible to graduate within two-and-one-half (2.5) years (saving one semester of tuition) when certain conditions regarding full-time semester enrollment and cumulative GPA are met.