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Capital University Expands Accelerated Law School Program
BEXLEY, Ohio, June 6, 2018 — Capital University and the University of Mount Union today announced the expansion of Capital’s 3+3 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Juris Doctor (J.D.) program to Ohio-based University of Mount Union. The expansion enables law school hopefuls from partner institutions to earn both undergraduate and law degrees in just six years instead of the standard seven-year timeframe. Capital was the first undergraduate institution and corresponding law school in Ohio to offer this accelerated option, launching to its own students in 2015. “By expanding this program to students at the University of Mount Union, Capital is providing a more direct path to legal education for highly motivated students with law school aspirations,” said Dr. Jody Fournier, provost and vice president for learning at Capital University. “Our program blends rigor with individual attention and community-engaged learning experiences in the capital city of Columbus, ensuring that students enter the legal profession practice-ready with a strong sense of purpose and connections that empower them to impact our community and the world – both personally and professionally.” "The agreement between the University of Mount Union and Capital University on a 3+3 Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor program offers an attractive alternative to the traditional law school path for students who are passionate about pursuing a career in law,” said Dr. Francis Schortgen, associate professor and chair of the department of political science and international studies at the University of Mount Union. “The standards of academic excellence and rigor that define Mount Union's political science program and Capital's law program ensure that graduates of the 3+3 program are fully prepared and ready to capitalize on the opportunities and deal with the challenges of the professional world."The 3+3 bachelor’s to J.D. program allows qualified Capital University students to choose any bachelor’s degree and count existing first-year courses in the J.D. curriculum toward their final undergraduate elective course requirements. University of Mount Union students pursuing an undergraduate major in political science can now do the same. Students must complete approximately 100 credit hours in the first three years at their undergraduate institution, followed by the J.D. curriculum at Capital University Law School, to earn dual degrees. Wrapping up its second full year at Capital, this offering is now available immediately for incoming and current undergraduate students at both institutions. “The feedback from Capital students enrolling in this program has been very positive, so we’re eager to expand to new partners,” said Rachel Janutis, dean of Capital University Law School. “The University of Mount Union and Capital University Law School share similar approaches to teaching, learning and student experiences, which makes Mount Union a natural partner. Mount Union graduates have been among some of Capital Law’s most successful students and distinguished alumni. This partnership will help ensure Mount Union students enjoy an even smoother transition to law school while helping Capital bring high-quality legal education to more prospective students.”Capital’s 3+3 program not only shaves an entire year off the undergraduate and law school path, but also decreases overall costs associated with tuition and room and board, and gives graduates a head start on entering the job market. Aligning with the institution’s overall mission, the program aims to make legal education accessible to students from different backgrounds and income levels, empowering graduates to enter the workforce without the significant financial burdens often associated with higher education. Mount Union’s undergraduate program in political science combines classroom learning with real-world experience, including involvement in Model UN and Mock Trial. The program is focused on providing opportunities for networking and connecting with professionals in the field, including federal and state judges, elected officials, and leaders of law firms and corporations. As a result, graduates of the program have experienced exceptional success after graduation, with 94 percent of graduates of the classes of 2009 through 2016 securing degree-required careers or acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation.About Capital UniversityCapital University is a private four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley. At Capital, we transform lives for a brighter world, and our purpose is purpose. Through an immersive, high-impact and convergent approach to teaching and learning, we find, feed and refine the role each of us was born for — no matter who we are. As CapFam, we are a coalition of the willing drawn together by a deep sense of purpose. We are connected by a shared obligation to live, learn, work and lead for the good of our students and the world. We are creative in finding innovative ways to extend our learning environment beyond the boundaries of our campuses. Capital combines personal attention with a balanced liberal arts and professional studies education. Since its founding by the Lutheran Church in 1830 and charter as a university in 1850, Capital has been an agent in shaping engaged citizens and purposeful leaders who improve their industries, communities and society.About the University of Mount UnionThe University of Mount Union, a private Midwestern institution founded in 1846, offers a rigorous and relevant academic program that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union’s nearly 2,300 students can select from 56 broad-based and career-specific undergraduate majors as well three graduate programs. Known for its academic excellence and personal approach, the institution boasts a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and a curriculum delivered by dedicated faculty members. Since 2005, nearly $110 million has been invested in the construction and renovation of modern facilities. Primarily residential in nature, Mount Union’s picturesque 123-acre campus is located in Alliance, Ohio, within 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The University, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, strives to make its exceptional educational experience accessible to students of all financial backgrounds. Its increasingly diverse campus community benefits from a student-centered approach and array of activities for cultural, civic, and social development. Students experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation, both in the workforce and in graduate study.