The Howard University Bachelor of Arts to Juris Doctor program (B.A.-J.D.) is open to incoming freshmen students who will major in legal communications, political science, philosophy, English, criminology, or economics. The program allows students to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences or the School of Communications and Juris Doctor at Howard Law School in six years, rather than the traditional seven years.
Admitted students will complete 90 undergraduate credits in three years and begin law school in their fourth year. Students will be awarded a B.A. degree after completing their first 30 credits at Howard Law. Essentially, the first 30 credits of law school will count toward the B.A. degree and the J.D. degree. After completing 88 law school credits, students will be awarded a Juris Doctor. Students enrolled in the B.A.-J.D. program are not automatically admitted to Howard Law School. Students must apply and be accepted. However, the program is designed to help students successfully gain admissions.
To this end, B.A.-J.D. students will be advised by the director of the B.A.-J.D. program and will have access to a law student mentor. B.A.-J.D. Students will also participate in the Howard Pre-Law Summer Enrichment Program (PLSEP) where they will receive a free Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) course. Further, students will have access to enrichment activities throughout the academic year.
Eligibility for the program will be based on high school GPA, standardized test scores, and chosen undergraduate major. Eligible students will receive an application in late May and will be admitted in late June, prior to their freshman year at Howard.
For further information about the B.A.-J.D. program, please email BAJD@howard.edu.