Accelerated Bachelor's and Law Degree Program | Capital University


    • Introducing Ohio’s First 3+3 Program for Undergraduate, Law Degrees

      Capital Communications

      Capital University has announced the launch of its 3+3 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Juris Doctor (J.D.) program, which will enable law school hopefuls to earn both undergraduate and law degrees in just six years instead of the standard seven-year timeframe. Capital is the first and only undergraduate institution and corresponding law school in Ohio to offer this option.

      “As the only institution in Ohio to offer this type of program, we are providing an innovative solution for highly motivated students who are looking for a clearer and more efficient path toward earning a law degree and entering the legal profession,” said Denvy A. Bowman, president of Capital University. “A dual, accelerated offering also allows our students to extend their Capital experience, which blends rigorous liberal arts and professional programs and instills the values of lifelong learning and contributing positively to the world, for which the university is known.”

      Available immediately for incoming and current undergraduate students at Capital University, the 3+3 B.A./J.D. program allows participants to choose any B.A. degree and count existing first-year courses in the J.D. curriculum toward their final B.A. elective course requirements. Students must complete 100 credit hours in the first three years, followed by the J.D. curriculum at Capital University Law School, to earn dual degrees.

      Capital’s new offering, which enables students to shave a full year off of their undergraduate and law school path, is the first and only of its kind among Ohio’s nine law schools. The accelerated program decreases overall costs associated with tuition and room and board, and gives graduates a head start on entering the job market.

      It’s also a new opportunity for Capital to attract and retain students through graduate school, supporting strategic enrollment growth in undergraduate and graduate programs. Like law schools nationwide, Capital law school has navigated declining enrollment in recent years, though it met its enrollment goal last fall, welcoming the second largest class of any Ohio law school.

      The 3+3 B.A./J.D. option also aligns with Capital’s values of ensuring the Capital education is rigorous, relevant and accessible to students from different backgrounds and income levels, and empowering graduates to enter the workforce without the significant debt limitations often associated with higher education.

      “The time commitment and overall investment can be discouraging to undergraduate students pursuing their dreams to obtain a law degree,” said Rachel Janutis, interim dean and professor of law, Capital University Law School. “This new program will bring those dreams into reach for even more students. It will allow Capital University and Capital University Law School to tap into a wider and more talented pool of candidates and prepare them to find a vocation as lawyers and leaders in their community.”

      Find out more about the 3+3 B.A./J.D. program at Capital University, including information on course requirements and how to enroll.    

      Located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.

      Nichole Johnson
      Director of Media Relations and Communications