Complete an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years instead of seven; the senior year serves as the first year in law school.
The 3+3 Program provides a fast track to a career in law, allowing you to join the legal profession one year earlier. After three years of undergraduate study, you do not return to the undergraduate college for a senior year; rather, you enter Mason Law as a full-time, first-year law student. The program will save you one year’s worth of tuition and time.
Because the 3+3 program provides a fast track to law school in six, rather then seven, years, participating students should be highly motivated to achieve academically. Many participants will come into their undergraduate study in possession of advanced credits that make it easier for them to complete their core curriculum and major specific courses in the shortened time frame. Additionally, because the average age of a law student is between 24-26, and many possess advanced degrees or already work in professional settings, it is recommended that applicants feel confident about their skill-set and demonstrate a high level of maturity.
Once admitted to the university as an undergraduate, if interested in the 3+3 program, you complete a Program Participation Form indicating your interest in the accelerated program. The form does not obligate you to complete the 3+3 program or to attend Mason Law; it simply starts the process.
What criteria must be met for me to continue in the program once I have matriculated at the undergraduate college?
You must select a major at the undergraduate college that can be completed within three years. In other words, you must be able to complete all core curriculum and major courses by the conclusion of your third year of study at the undergraduate level.
Also, to be competitive, you should maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA during your studies because you will need that minimum GPA to gain admission to the law school.
You must take the LSAT in June of your second year of undergraduate work or in October or December of your third year of undergraduate work. You must obtain a score equal to or exceeding the median LSAT of the preceding year for Mason Law’s entering students.
You must submit your law school application no later than January 1 of the year in which you want to matriculate into the law school, and then participate in an interview with admissions staff at the law school.
We do not require any specific course of study or background in particular subjects. You should pursue subjects in which you have an interest. Frequently, it helps law students to be able to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, so you may want to consider some courses that finesse those skills. Many law students report that philosophy and logic courses help them on their LSAT.
Once you decide to participate in the program, you are required to work closely with your undergraduate advisor to be sure you are on track in terms of your major and core curricular requirements. If you have questions about law school and/or the law school application process, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Associate Dean & Director of Admissions for the law school. The law school admissions staff is always available to answer your questions. In fact, they will be on the main campus once each semester for an general information session and for individual meetings with you as needed.
Currently there are no minimum or maximum number of students per year. We seek to enroll all students who are qualified and sincerely interested in this accelerated program.
The law school takes a holistic approach to review of law school applications, so we will be looking not only at your GPA and LSAT, but at the courses you have taken and your grade trends, your major, your personal statement, your resume, you recommendations, and your Mason Statement. Assuming you have met the requirements for the program related to your undergraduate coursework, minimum GPA and LSAT we will immediately schedule your interview. After the interview, you will receive an expedited – 1 week – decision on your application to the law school.
Once you gain admission to the law school, rather than return to the undergraduate campus for a “senior year,” you will become a full-time first year law student, a “1L”, graduate student at the University’s Arlington campus. You will follow the usual course of study for full-time first year law students.
Upon successful completion of your first year of law study, the credits earned will be counted toward the JD degree and as elective credits sufficient to complete the University’s requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Your first year law grades will not be included with your university grades in calculating your undergraduate grade point average.
If, for whatever reason, you elect to withdraw from the law program or if you fail to complete successfully the first year of law school, you may return without reapplication to the university for completion of your bachelor’s degree.
Students attending the 3+3 Program at Mason may apply for financial aid. If deemed eligible to receive financial aid, during the first three years of the Program, students will receive financial assistance in the amounts for an undergraduate student. Once the student is officially accepted in the law school, the student will receive financial aid at the graduate aid levels. If you need additional information, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at Mason at 703-993-2353 or visit the Office's website at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you begin law school, you will be a professional student at George Mason, and you will pay the tuition and fees of the law school.
There is no on-campus housing for law students. Most students do live within walking distance of the school (although some commute in from their family homes outside of Arlington). Most students live with at least one roommate. We do help first year students find roommates by offering a housing survey, the response to which are shared with all incoming students seeking roommates.
The answer to this question is “no.” Participating in the program can benefit you, but your election to participate does not obligate to you attend Mason Law. You may decide to complete your four years of undergraduate education at George Mason University and go onto to another law school, take a job, or pursue some other course of higher education; the choice is yours.