Quinnipiac University Law

BA or BS/JD (3+3) Admissions

Students who are admitted to Quinnipiac are automatically considered for entry into the accelerated dual-degree program, and those who meet the qualifications will be invited into the program. If you have any questions or need guidance, our counselors and advisers in the School of Law are available to assist you at every stage of your application process.

3+3 Program Requirements

Select students are invited to participate in the program. These include students who:

  • are admitted to a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or Schools of Business, Engineering, Communications or Health Sciences

  • have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale

  • score 1200 or higher on the SAT (critical reading plus math) or an ACT composite of 25 or higher

  • indicate an interest in “pre-law” or “combined BA or BS/JD” on their application for undergraduate admission

  • fill out the supplemental essay which will ask about their interest in the program

Students who are interested in the program and are close to, but do not meet, these criteria may apply to the undergraduate admissions office for special consideration.

Matriculation into the School of Law

When applying to the law school in their third year, students will be expected to take the LSAT and achieve a score equal to, or greater than, the law school’s first-year class median. Students must file an application for law school by March 15 during their third undergraduate year. The Law School Admissions Office will work with students to ensure that the application is complete.

All applications will be reviewed by the Law School Admissions Committee to make sure the prerequisites are met, that there are no character and fitness issues and that the applicant has a demonstrated record of maturity and leadership that would reflect the ability to succeed in law school.

Students who do not meet the GPA and/or LSAT score requirements may still be considered by the Admissions Committee. Students scoring at the first-year median or higher will be guaranteed a scholarship in the amount awarded to them as undergraduates. In all cases, the scholarship will be subject to the law school renewal requirements.

Application Timeline

High School Applicants

If you are interested in the program, please check either “pre-law” or “combined BA or BS/JD” on your undergraduate admissions application.

Current College Students

First-year students and sophomores attending Quinnipiac, as well as first-year and sophomore transfer students, may enter the program no later than the first semester of their sophomore year by applying through the Pre-Law Advising Office.

Sophomores must meet the same eligibility criteria set out above for first-year students and must have a minimum of 27 credits with at least a 3.0 GPA at the end of their first-year. Transfer students must complete at least 75 undergraduate (non-law) credits at Quinnipiac immediately prior to matriculation at the School of Law. If accepted into the program, the same requirements apply.

Admission Requirements

Your GPA alone doesn’t tell the full story of your academic strengths and talents. That’s why we look at many factors when considering each application for admission, especially as those factors relate to your specific program. We look at subject-specific courses you’ve taken and AP credits you’ve earned, as well as awards and other achievements. 

Expected of all students:
  • High school transcript

  • A personal essay on a topic of particular meaning and interest to you that tells us who you are and speaks to your values, goals and aspirations as a student

  • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or someone who can reflect on your dedication and work ethic

  • 4 years of English

  • 3+ years of mathematics

  • 3+ years of science

  • 2 years of social science and foreign language

  • 3 academic electives

Learn more

Test score policy

Advanced standing credit

Other undergraduate applicants

If you are applying as a transfer, international or military student, additional admission requirements may apply to you. Learn more about those by clicking the links below.

Merit Scholarships

Students accepted into the program by undergraduate admissions in their first year and who receive a Quinnipiac merit scholarship will have the scholarship renewed each year of the six-year program provided they meet all of the following requirements:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of each undergraduate academic year

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 when they enter law school

  • Achieve an LSAT score equal to, or greater than, the law school’s first year class median at the time the law school application is submitted

  • Upon starting law school, continue to meet the renewal requirements of the law school scholarship

Additional Resources

At Quinnipiac University School of Law, our focus is on educating the whole lawyer. We empower you to retain your personal values and sense of self while teaching you to be skilled, knowledgeable, and ethical practitioners of the law. Quinnipiac Law has a responsibility to educate lawyers who will serve the legal needs of all members of society. With this responsibility in mind, we enroll students whose lived experience suggests that they have the capacity to make a substantial contribution to the learning environment of the law school and to distinguish themselves in serving the community through the practice of law, policy improvement, government service, legal scholarship, or other law-related activities. We aspire to educate lawyers who are interested in improving access to quality representation and justice. 
While past academic performance and LSAT scores are important aspects of an application, we also consider additional factors including (but not limited to): letters of recommendation; the clarity and quality of writing (throughout the entire application); advanced degrees; employment history; commitment to community service; experience navigating social, educational, physical, or economic challenges; moral character; academic growth and improving grades; rigor of undergraduate curriculum; extracurricular activities; distinctions/honors achieved; and life experience.