Valparaiso University students in the College of Arts and Sciences can complete a bachelor's and a juris doctor (law) degree from Valparaiso University in a total of six years. This program can save you both time and money by freeing you from one year in school and one year of tuition.

Students who enter the Combined Liberal Arts - Law Program will spend their first three years in normal undergraduate course work and will begin law school courses in their fourth year. To enter this program, students must meet the following requirements during their first three years at VU. They must satisfactorily complete all General Education Requirements for the Bachelor's degree and an academic major. They must satisfactorily complete at least 94 credit hours. At least one half of the credit hours for the major must be taken at VU.

  1. At least 75 credit hours, including the last 30 credit hours, must be taken at VU.
  2. They must have a grade point average of 3.0 in all undergraduate work at VU.
  3. They must be admitted to the Valparaiso University School of Law through the normal admissions process.
  4. They must complete the first 30 credits in the Valparaiso University School of Law with a grade point average of at least 2.0.
  5. They must apply for the Bachelor's degree graduation by the deadline date as noted in the front of the University Catalog.

Furthermore, students must receive approval to enter the program from the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who take this route will have to apply for law school earlier than their classmates. Be ready to take the LSAT and complete your applications in the fall of your third (junior) year. For further information, contact a Pre-Law Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.